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My wife changed the definition of a "boat unit" at our house. I believe it was valued at approximately $100 before. Her new value is $1,000. She decided she wants me to spend the money on a diesel heater for our boat and I told her it would be about 50 boat units.

She said that was too much and that 5 boat units sounds better, and that it was ridiculous that a boat unit was $100 since most items would seem too expensive.

This is cool, because a lot of things I want to get will now be a fraction of a boat unit which will sound more reasonable to her! Yippee!!

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About a year ago, my non-sailing wife heard someone define a boat as "break out another thousand." She won't let me forget that. And as I outfit my boat with goodies, I actually think that a boat unit these days probably is closer to $1,000 than to $100.

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I find it best not to discuss such things in my house.
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Boat units are directly related to the size of the vessel. With your 23 $100 was prob about right.... with your 40' $1000 is probably close. Just wait till you upgrade again.. On my 47 it's about $1500.

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Hell, my wife unit spends boat units faster than I can, I swear she's Ann Bonny reincarnated
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We have had seperate checking, savings, investment, and credit card accounts since day one. Just a few bucks monthly into the joint household account. Never an argument on who spends what. Works for us. No worries 'bout boat bucks.
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Unfortuantely, the $100 boat unit seems to have the same utility as the US penny, and both are becoming pretty useless in tracking expenses. The $1000 boat unit is definitely the way to go.
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Boat units, like much else in life, seem to be only relevant to the married. Now mind you, my wife wanted the boat, but somehow I am responsible for all expeditures related to same. Those expenditures are NEVER discussed unless I bring up the marginal utility of some antique chair she has just purchased. At that time she is able to instantly recall the acquisition of the smallest shackle some months prior. A shackle, I might add, that I haven't been able to put my hands on since approximately the day after purchase, a topic I dare not bring up so as not to incite a conversation along the lines of; you spend so much that you can't even keep track of what you've bought. Bringing up the topic of her re-organizational skills, and the fact that she may have re-organized the shackle to a new location, merely diverts the conversation to the when and where of when I will endeavor to get the "GD" sailing magazines and books from being spread all over the house, a topic I am not eager to re-enter.

Now this is only relevant in that last year I allowed myself to think that I could really use a nice used pick 'em up truck, four wheel drive, to launch and recover "her" boat via the drainage ditch that passes for a private launch site. I had a Toyota in mind to replace the 1997 Ford 2WD I currently own. I did not even aspire to owning a new one. All on my own I decided that, since her daughter was entering college, I should get another four years out of the trusty, well not really trusty-but certainly rusty, old Ford. I even down graded the level of auto-pilot I thought we should get. After all, college is expensive and the daughter's car will need maintenance as well. So, after agreeing with her that we really could not afford the truck for "her" boat, I retired from the field. Fortunately I bought that bottom paint in the fall, because it now seems that we can afford a new house. Yes, we can afford to double our mortgage payment and I guess if I don't like it there's always the boat to sleep on. I am somehow supposed to accept this logic and no doubt will as I am resigned to the fact that retirement is something to be viewed on TV commercials-notice the latest-they're all working on boats!

Given the fact I am 15 years older than she is, I am comforted that I shall expire leaving the debt in her hands, but already have found myself nixing a trip down the road to the marina, just to see what they might be dusting off from the winter. I'm not really sure how I'm ending up with a new house payment and the guilt feelings-hell, I'm the one driving the '97 truck. Boat bucks harumph!, I don't even have truck bucks, no matter what increments you choose to use. Garage sale boat bucks-that's me.
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And this surprises you why???

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