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Re: Why so many unused boats?

Neverknow down lake both sides of Chicago the slips are filled up with alot of non local owners. We also have them up here just not as many. A few years back I tried to buy back a 37c I sold, missed out by a couple weeks so I found another. I have tried for years now to catch the new owner, no luck. His dock neighbors say they only see him a couple times a year. Even in this crap economy people have excess money but not enough time.
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Re: Why so many unused boats?

I have had a nice sailing life as a member of the "OPBC". **

Crewing on races, racing the boat myself when owner is away but wants to stay in the series, deliveries, teaching, charter skipper.

I have in the past owned boats but have had some of my best sailing on "other people's boats".

Will I own one? I don't know. Maybe charter one from time to time. Having a small-tonnage captain's license, and enjoying teaching, has helped. A lot.

Meantime, I too wonder when all those very lovely "slip queens" are ever going to get out for a nice walk. Frequently on a gorgeous fall day, on a boat with students, we wonder where the heck everyone else is, we might see four or five other sails within sight on a Saturday.


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Re: Why so many unused boats?

I avoid my marina on the weekends. My days off are mid week. I use my boat more than most. People think I'm never around.
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I avoid my marina on the weekends. My days off are mid week. I use my boat more than most. People think I'm never around.
And I'm willing to bet your boat LOOKS as though it is sailed regularly, with no piles of leaves under the lines. A close look would give you credit.
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The empty slips do keep the slip rates down, and we all like that.
I don't think I understand that. If there are empty slips in a marina, that means the marina owner isn't recouping costs through say 100 slips, but rather through only 75. Eventually, if that is the projected use every year, the owner will have to raise the price per slip so he doesn't go under -- pun not intended.

I do understand the original posting. I've used my boat a lot less this year since we now live 2.5 hours away in a mountainous area away from the water. Yet on those too few occasions I've been able to head out, I've noticed some boats that I can almost swear haven't been out in a couple of months.

Given the cost of the marina, etc., I don't think I could justify so little use to me or my wife -- and she's been pretty indulgent with me over our boat!
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Re: Why so many unused boats?

As to the POs question/s;

I have seen the same in the small marina I frequent a a few or four times a year. There's a particularly lovely BIG yacht taking up space at the "T" dock on the end of the pier. It doesn't seem to have moved in years! Prolly one of those Corp. deals
There's plenny of boats not (apparently) sailing on any regular basis. There's even more of them moored!
I often wonder how folks can afford NOT to use them... then I realize my motorcycle only got a few hundred miles logged this past season.
Yes.. colour me jealous
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Re: Why so many unused boats?

Probably comes down to the fact people have less time than they think. To take a large boat out it is really a whole day affair (including prep and cleaning). It is also a big job just to keep your boat in shape so you can take it out regularly. I think once you start using your boat less and less, it becomes even harder to ever use it. You really need to force yourself to use it or you will fall into that trap.

I try to go out once a week. Would like to go out more, and sometimes I do not go out for a few weeks due to kids commitments, the house needs fixing, the car needs fixing, the boat needs fixing or somthing "comes up".

Probably a lot of people read the magazine adds or go to a boat show and say that looks like a nice lifestyle, but looks and reality are different things.
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Re: Why so many unused boats?

You might say the same about me if you didn't look closely. The 3% interest rates have had me crazy busy all year. I get out sailing with friends every few weeks, BUT, you'll find me there a few days a week down below writing reports. I also have non-sailing friends (they get seasick) who join me for dinner on the boat and a movie from time to time. It's also a great 3rd date destination. My boat serves many functions, but mostly it just keeps me sane.

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Re: Why so many unused boats?

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Neverknow down lake both sides of Chicago the slips are filled up with alot of non local owners. We also have them up here just not as many. A few years back I tried to buy back a 37c I sold, missed out by a couple weeks so I found another. I have tried for years now to catch the new owner, no luck. His dock neighbors say they only see him a couple times a year. Even in this crap economy people have excess money but not enough time.
Rumors are he's been seen in the office burning the midnight oil so he can afford for the boat.
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Re: Why so many unused boats?

That may be the case or he could be afraid of it. I found out years later that was what kept the guy I sold it to from sailing. Lots of things can keep you from using them. You need to work at it or they will sit. I thought mine might be kids, but they love it. I also work so they continue to love it.
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