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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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Last edited by CalebD; 12-29-2012 at 12:57 AM.