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Re: Boat Share Ideas Please

I'll add my $.02.

We have owned our Tartan 27' for over 10 years now. I have always had at least 1 partner in the boat. Initially we had a 3rd individual and we all knew each other from college. The 3rd fellow had 5 boys and could not spare money or time for upkeep and eventually we outspent him, effectively buying him out. We are all three still friends though.

It has not always been all days of wine and roses. I was warned by a friend who has always had boat partners when I got into this NOT to expect this to be a partnership of equals. While this may have rankled a bit at first it soon became apparent that my remaining partner had strengths and skills that were different from my own. I have come to appreciate that my boat partner has considerable skills with electrical wiring, engine work and rigging. This leaves most of the epoxy, painting and other boat "snot" chores effectively in my court while I do overlap with the other tasks as well. In effect, our differences ARE our strengths.

I would not have owned our boat ($4K initial purchase price) for so long or been able to get new sails for the boat WITHOUT my long term partnership. It is not a walk in the park but it makes me happy to be able to get out on the water on "my" boat without costing several arms and legs.
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Re: Boat Share Ideas Please

I've been sharing a boat for the past 6 years with largely no issues - there was that one late night phone call but that's another story. I have had one steady partner and a handful of others that have come aboard for a year or so and then left - usually under good terms. We take the boat out together at least 1/2 the time and generally enjoy each others company and families. We started with a formal agreement to get things sorted out but most things are done on a handshake. I would strongly encourage you to use an online scheduling system such as [site name removed] - phone calls and emails just didn't cut it after a while.

Generally, sharing the boat has been great and I would recommend it highly.

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I've been sharing a boat for the past 6 years with largely no issues - there was that one late night phone call but that's another story. I have had one steady partner and a handful of others that have come aboard for a year or so and then left - usually under good terms. We take the boat out together at least 1/2 the time and generally enjoy each others company and families. We started with a formal agreement to get things sorted out but most things are done on a handshake. I would strongly encourage you to use an online scheduling system such as [site name removed] - phone calls and emails just didn't cut it after a while.

Generally, sharing the boat has been great and I would recommend it highly.
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Apologies. John Davis, [site name removed] founder and part time programmer.

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