Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Western Corn Field
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When I was boat shopping... I made a list of everything I want on a boat, eventually. Searched the internets for all the prices of everything... figured out which I would do myself, and which I would need to pay someone to do. I put in costs of dockage, registrations, insurance... yada yada. Plus the first year of maintenance, including 2 haulouts (one would be for maintenance, and one would be for "incase I needed it"). Then I added a cost per 50 miles to move the boat to a better location for me.
Then I threw up.
Then I realized I shouldn't spend so much money on a boat... so I bought an older boat. I figure that a new boat won't have issues for a while... but then it will. A 5 to 10 year old boat is going to go through its first set of major issues at any moment. An older boat that has had good owners will be through most the major problems, but will require some updating.
I figured out that if I figured out how much this was really going to cost me, then I would likely not do it. I decided to be a little naive and do it... trusting that I will figure it out somehow... and now I go sailing. Its awesome.
Granted... I haven't eaten lunch or dinner out since buying the boat, but I have a boat!
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