Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Southern California
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I just can't justify the cost of a sailboat, so I joined a sailing club in San Diego. I can charter everything from a Cat 22 to a Jenneau 54, depending on how and where I want to sail. I chose to join in San Diego because 1) San Diego has a really beautiful bay in which to sail; 2) There's pretty much an 8 Kt breeze minimum in the afternoons; 3) When I want to ocean sail it's really easy to get out of the bay; and 4) There's a very active nightlife in the Gas Lamp district, so the apres' sail envronment is a bonus.
Dang, I sound like a Chamber of Commerce ad.....
My goal is to sail between two to four days a month on a Cat 250, which will cost me less than $200 in monthly charter fees. No maintenance fees or all of those other costs which really begin to make sailing expensive. Being rental boats, I always check the rigging pretty carefully before I accept the boat, but so far the maintenance has been pretty impressive. And the really nice part is that I can choose between Catalinas, Hunters, Bavarias, or Jenneaus.
My feeling is that if I'm not sailing at least 12 days a month, I really can't justify buying my own boat.