Boat as a weekend home on the Chesapeake? - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 06-25-2009 Thread Starter
Advanced beginner
 
emcentar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 264
Thanks: 17
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Boat as a weekend home on the Chesapeake?

My partner and I are fairly new sailors in the Washington, DC area. Recently, we've been thinking about getting a weekend home as an escape from the city on the weekends. But it recently occurred to me that we might also want to consider a boat that we could live aboard and sail around the bay on the weekends as well as looking at country properties nearby.

Is this a crazy idea or a good idea? I've sailed boats but never owned one, much less slept on one.[1] What factors should I consider while researching possibilites? Is this a probitively expensive plan - would boat costs, maintainance and marina fees make a country house look cheap in comparison?

And lastely - I've posted this question on the buy a boat forum as well but I'd like to hear your take - what would be good candidates for a weekend home on the Chesapeake? I doubt we'd do off-shore sailing, and both of us are fairly rugged outdoorsy types - we wouldn't need something fancy to live aboard but would not like to be completely cramped.

Thanks!


[1] I am however planning to take a live-aboard cruising course this year so would be able to test how much I like living aboard well before this plan would be executed.
emcentar is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: chesapeake bay
Posts: 1,942
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
pretty much any boat 27 feet or longer, but try em on for size first, as some boats are bigger for length. i would start with early 80's hunters catalinas, etc.

a boat would be much cheaper, figure 10 grand for a decent ( not great but decent ) early 80's 27 to 30 foot boat. then slip fees from 2 to 4 grand a year plus the electric is nothing compared to a house. other fees like pulling it out for paint, winter and other stuff might be 500 a year ( dry storage figured in the slip fee ). then figure 2 to 4 grand a year in paint and other maintenance, which will be more than a house needs.

so yearly cost not including the boat will be 4 to 6 grand, so high end it will average 500 to 600 a month, or equivalent to a 80,000 mortgage. the nice thing with a boat it you can move it when you want a different view.

now you could get away cheaper some years, some it might be more
scottyt is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 14
         
Lots of people do something similar... and it is far less expensive in most places to own a boat than it is to own waterfront property.. and you can move it...

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: subject to change
Posts: 1,264
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Okay, I'm in Annapolis, so I'd double Scotty's numbers, but the point's the same. A brand new, 40-something footer from Hunter/Catalina/Beneteau may cost as much as a small house - for comparison. An older boat makes sense; you don't need the latest electronics, etc if you're not planning to do a lot of sailing right away. My personal opinion would be to aim a bit larger than Scotty suggests, in the low 30-feet, much smaller and you're sleeping in the main cabin and cooking on a coleman stove (which feels to me like camping out)

A lot of folks do exactly what you're describing and love it. On the flip side, realize that if you do a vacation house, you can use it 12 months of the year. Count on only 9 months comfortably on a boat; winters are doable but not so much fun.
eryka is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
MMR
Senior Member
 
MMR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 355
Thanks: 6
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Send a message via AIM to MMR
Every time we think about how far upside down we are on our house/mortgage, we consider moving onto the boat and being done with it all!

Contemplating winter on the boat always gives us pause, tho....
MMR is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 9 Old 06-26-2009 Thread Starter
Advanced beginner
 
emcentar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 264
Thanks: 17
Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Thanks all, for weighing in. I've been talking about it more with my partner and a boat really does have some numerous advantages over a house. In particular, I'm attracted to having a weekend getaway I can go exploring in - something that isn't as expensive to buy or maintain as a house - and something not so far away that I couldn't just go down for the day. A lot of the vacation properties we've been looking at in the mountains are 3-4 hours away. There are plenty of marinas within a 2 hour drive.

A nine month vacation getaway suits me fine. In the winter I always want to go north anyway, to visit my family and go sledding and skiing. Winterizing a cabin is enough of a pain that I probably wouldn't visit my vacation home too much in the winter anyway.

As part of the point would be to get out of the city, I think we'd rather be in a quieter more desolate marina, which would hopefully be cheaper than a slip in Annapolis. I've only begun researching marinas - currently we daysail out of Belle Haven near Alexandria; several people have mentioned that we investigate marinas down near Solomons, which is only a 2 hour drive out of DC.
emcentar is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 14
         
Easy to fix... go south.. the boat moves after all.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMR View Post
Every time we think about how far upside down we are on our house/mortgage, we consider moving onto the boat and being done with it all!

Contemplating winter on the boat always gives us pause, tho....

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
MMR
Senior Member
 
MMR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 355
Thanks: 6
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Send a message via AIM to MMR
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Easy to fix... go south.. the boat moves after all.
If only the JOBS moved south with us... Have to work on THAT part of the plan...
MMR is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 9 Old 06-26-2009
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 14
         
Picky, picky, picky....I give you a perfectly workable solution and you have to go ruin it with a reality check...
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMR View Post
If only the JOBS moved south with us... Have to work on THAT part of the plan...

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boat as a weekend home on the Chesapeake? emcentar Boat Review and Purchase Forum 20 09-17-2014 01:27 PM
THE Yacht Builder List T37Chef Boat Review and Purchase Forum 26 07-08-2011 05:51 AM
Small Boat Cruising David Schaefer Cruising Articles 0 06-09-2004 08:00 PM
Rust Never Sleeps John Kretschmer Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-27-2003 07:00 PM
Two-Boat Tuning Dean Brenner Racing Articles 0 03-13-2002 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome