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post #85 of Old 01-02-2013
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Re: How did you get the money for your first sailboat?

I rolled some spare change. I own my boat. It's not the other way around.

I was dumb when I got out of college. Credit card debt, loans for stupid stuff and I gave away a perfectly good car to take out a loan on a new car that cost 3/4 of my yearly salary as a high school teacher.

Eventually I pulled my head out of my arse and sold the "new" car and got an $800 Volvo. haven't looked back. All subsequent cars, computers, motorcycles and boats have been CASH. The last two (within 6 months of each other) were brand new. Haven't carried a credit card balance since '04 and our only debt is a 15 year mortgage on a 5 year old house. You can't borrow your way to financial freedom.

You'll have just as much fun on a $1000 21 foot trailer sailer with orange plaid cushions. And if you buy it right, you can sell it for $1500 when the next "better" boat comes along.

Just some advice from someone who has been there. I didn't listen to it either.... Have fun either way!

Keep the expenses low and the good times high.

S/V Waitara
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