Originally Posted by ckmeans
So, I'm fairly new to the forum and some of you may have seen my previous post about the Catalina 27 I was looking at...I can't help but get frustrated and I suppose a bit jealous of all the folks that have nicer boats than me...Although, all I really want is a moderate boat that gets me out on the water...sometimes I feel like I'll never make quite enough money to do this...even if I find the boat I want there are still mooring fees, storage, insurance, maintenance...it really adds up...
I'm only 28...currently working in IT project management and I feel like I'll never find a job that pays more and can afford me the boat I'm looking for...anybody hiring :-)
Seriously though, I am curious as to the best ways to make this happen, financially...
I'm 60, retired 2 years now...and in all those years I never had just 1 job that paid for everything that I wanted ( maybe I want too much) So, I've always worked part time at various things and made extra money to support my sailing addiction.
Often, 2 or 3 seasonal part-time gigs, in addition to my regular job. I still managed to get plenty of sailing in.
I'm retired now and could live nicely off my pension...but it wouldn't support my Boat. So, I've kept my part time gigs..at least until SS kicks in, and I'm willing to start tapping my investments. ( yes, I managed to save a little).
Right now, I'm turning down work because I'm clearing the month of August to go sailing.
September, October would be better sailing..but I teach a college course part-time begining Sept.
( the trade-off) But, I do have 5 days off between class..in the fall.
I had a pretty demanding career job, so the other work I tried to keep fun and not so demanding.
My 1st cruising type boat, A bristol 29, I purchased with 2 good friends in a partnership agreement ( ours worked great and we're still friends) I eventually purchased their shares and owned the boat outright as I do my current boat.
I don't know if any of this fits for you.. but it's what I had to do.