I am new to the sport of sailing (1 full season). I have a wife and two small active boys ages 9 & 7. Summer sports and all that goes with it. Last summer I was strongly considering and looking into buying a trailer sailer in the 16 - 19 foot range, but I kept getting cold feet wondering 1) how often will I be able to use it, 2) how big of a pain is it going to be to tow, set up, take down afterward and tow home, and 3) hidden costs.
Now I have been looking into leasesharing options in downtown Chicago marinas. It appeals to me because 1) all in one cost in very budget friendly (under $2,000) options, 2) no towing/raising the mast, etc, 3) bigger boat (27' catalina), 4) downtown chicgao/lake Michigan, 5) If sailing doesn't fit my family I only have a one season commitment. If we like it, we can continue with the leaseshare or look at other options.
The leaseshare price comes with lessons on this bigger boat and bigger lake.
I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this. Particularly coveats that I am not thinking about because I'm dreaming of warm sunny days sailing with the city skyline as the backdrop.
Please talk me out of it if you think leaseshares are a bad idea.
The simple answer is that it all depends on how you will use the boat, how much you will use the boat and how flexible your schedule is.
I can tell you why a lease won't work for me:
I spend most of my entire days off on my boat, I leave work Tuesday night and head to the boat and leave for work Friday morning from the boat.
If I go out sailing for an afternoon, I sometimes decide not to come back until the next day, or, longer.
I keep the things I need on my boat, like a few changes of clothes, dry goods, toiletries, etc.
Using my boat as much as possible is how I justify the expense. Every time I take a long weekend and head to a summer destination by boat I factor in how much I saved on hotel and restaurants. It's flawed math, but it makes me feel better.
I'm single, no kids, no pets so it works for me. Others probably have to use another formula to justify another expense.
I also have time to do work myself. For some, the time and expense saved on maintaining things might be enough to tilt the scales.