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05-08-2012 01:08 PM
snider
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

I've trailer sailed boats, had boats anchored out and had a slip for a couple of years. All have worked well because it fit my need at the time. I will say we used the boat a lot more when we had a slip, sometimes going out 2 or 3 times a week. It also depends on the size of the boat. If you get something 19 or smaller it really isn't so bad to trailer sail it, however when it's 100 degrees out it can be discouraging. If the boat is at the marina it's easy to hop onboard and go out for a swim. I don't mind paying dockage during the 10 month sailing season, but December/January, it's tough. We still sail those months but not more than once every other week or so. Maybe once a month. If we pay yearly we get a better deal. It really puts it into perspective when you write someone a check for $2,500 for your boat you only paid $2,900 for. We have a 22 footer now and I'm in the process of building a set-up where I can raise the mast alone with a winch. I think we'll get a slip for the month here and there but mostly just put it in for a few days at a time either at anchor or as a transient. Once we get in a little better finical shape we'll definitely get a year round slip again.
05-08-2012 12:21 AM
rockDAWG
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

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Originally Posted by JoeDiver View Post
Huh?

I think 97% of the boat owners on the planet disagree with you on that one.
You are being kind. I think 99.9 % will disagree with me. It is their money, they can use how ever they want. For me, it is a business decision, plain and simple. The idea of I like it , I love it, I need it, I want it and I want it NOW does not appeal well for me and is against my up bringing. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of my own toys to play with. But boat can wait for now.
05-07-2012 11:14 PM
JoeDiver
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

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Originally Posted by rockDAWG View Post
Unless I am retired and can commit 100% on the boat, I would not want to buy my own boat.
Huh?

I think 97% of the boat owners on the planet disagree with you on that one.
05-07-2012 11:11 PM
Southron Spirit
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

i would call all the clubs in your area .
i have a trailer sailer , the yearly club fee is very reasonable and it costs me
20 bucks a month to keep my boat on a trailer there .

the mast stays up , i pull the boat out of its parking spot to the ramp 100 ft away .
the ramp is for club use only so no waiting 99% of the time

they have races i just went and got to help out on someone elses boat , the guy taught me a lot

they normally have some kind of get togther once a month at the club and my wife and i have gone there on a friday night and had some gumbo we brought with us while watching the sun go down .
05-07-2012 10:39 PM
rockDAWG
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

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Originally Posted by Squidd View Post
4. Quit your job and persue your dream of cruising fulltime...

Anchor out and gunk hole and you won't need a slip, trailer or mooring ball..
I have to admit I didn't have the gut.

When I was a young man driving a taxicab in the Big Apple in the summer. I always admired the Drunks in Bowery. They were so happy and care free. If you give them a dollar they are so overjoyed and if you don't give them anything, they were just as happy. And they never hurt or mean to anyone. I envied their lifestyle. But I had the responsibility to my parents to support them and brothers and sisters to take care of and guide them through. It was hard, but if I have to do it again, I would in a heart beat.

If you have the means to retire and sail the seven seas. Hell why not. Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.
05-07-2012 09:33 PM
Squidd
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

4. Quit your job and persue your dream of cruising fulltime...

Anchor out and gunk hole and you won't need a slip, trailer or mooring ball..
05-07-2012 09:25 PM
rockDAWG
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

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Originally Posted by Shortnsalty View Post
To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?
Neither. You may NOT like what I said. If it were my kids in question that is what I going to tell them. As always, my kids are smart enough to follow their old man's advice.

1. Find another job, make the extra money and save 100% of it, or go to school and prepare for a better career.
2. Sail someone's boat. There are opportunity everywhere you look. You will have just as much as fun even being a deck hand or serve as a slave on board. You don't need to be called the mighty "Captain" to be happy on the water. Unless I am retired and can commit 100% on the boat, I would not want to buy my own boat.
3. Use your money wisely. Liquid asset is best.

I am sure many here will be pissed. But hey I am not the Lapdog.
05-07-2012 09:00 PM
INMA
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

I've had boats in pens, boats on the hard and a trailerable yacht.

Boats in pens are limited to sailing local waters.

Boats on the hard generally sail on local waters.

The current trailerable sails anywhere I wish to drive. My best local lake is 300km away, I have a Bay at my doorstep and I regularly tow 2500km to the Whitsundays or any of the places in between.

A larger boat in a pen is more comfortable but nothing beats sailing exotic waters on the coast.

Join a suitable trailerable club for support buy a modest boat and have fun.

We motel it or pull into a resort if the boat is getting a bit small on a long holiday.
05-07-2012 06:13 PM
Shortnsalty
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

Thx again all for all the input. My wife and I have been power boating since childhood with fishing family's. These days we really wanna start to sail. Looking to start small and really learn the ropes for a few years until were ready for a big boat to starting spending some real time exploring the Bahamas and the east coast. The most we'll be doing is 1-2 nights on the water and then back to work etc.,for now. I'd really dislike paying over almost 2000 a year for a $2000+ learning boat. It looks like well be doing the trailer thing until i'm lucky enough to find a private dock or the right price for dry slips. So many cat 22's, small macs etc. for sale here in south Fl. and since it is not going to be "the boat" I guess we would rather have the easiest trailersailor. Guess I should start a new topic
05-07-2012 06:13 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: To trail it or second job to pay slip fee?

I tried sailing off a trailer for 2 years and wasn't happy with it. For me, it was a lot of looking at my boat in the back yard while nice days went by. Too long to launch and rig, so putting in for one day wasn't worth the effort. Putting in for longer means having dock space (or similar) for a night or two. Either make a reservation (that ensures a weekend of rain) or not (to ensure a weekend of sun and light to moderate winds).

I was not able to find a dry slip in my area for either lakes or ocean; I think that would have made a big difference. Although I also had some issues with the keelboat (2' draft - 1500#) and the ramp depth but that could have been dealt with if I'd kept at it.

I rented a mooring for this coming season and then accidentally sold my trailer boat and bought a fixed keel Catalina 25 (I think I punched the wrong number on the keypad). So I've traded my trailer worries for a different set of worries.

There are no wrong answers,

Ken
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