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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 24 Feb 2017 16:05 #1

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It's been over a year since I bit the bullet and bought my old boat. Yes it was a bit of a mess at the time and all those sages of wisdom who said it was going to be an expensive project were probably right. But let me tell you something - spending the money and doing the work has been well worth it in my opinion. I have really enjoyed getting the boat they way "I" want it, not the way it was originally. Seeing her develop into something beautiful has been worth every penny and every hour spent.

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 24 Feb 2017 16:39 #2

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 24 Feb 2017 16:52 #3

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Being a boater is worth the cost. being a boat owner isn't. :)
My boat, like yours it appears, is therapeutic. I feel I get out of her what I put in.

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talman wrote: Being a boater is worth the cost. being a boat owner isn't. :)


My dad always boated with friends on their boats. He never owned one larger than 15 feet (and sold it when i was still a little kid). He isn't handy, doesn't enjoy keeping a boat up to snuff himself and really hates parting with his money to pay a pro to do the job for him. He enjoyed boating, but wouldn't own a boat himself.

I on the other hand, I enjoy working on my boat. I enjoy doing most of the work myself and learning what I don't know how to do. AND I enjoy boats, the people around boats and using my boat. The cost isn't that much compared to other hobbies people have. So to me, being a boat owner and boater is worth the cost in money, bloody knuckles and time.
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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 24 Feb 2017 19:50 #5

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost?

It is to me.

I LOVE Spartan vehicles, and I'm in absolute heaven when I'm out on a simple boat with my wife and kiddos spending quality time together :)
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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 03:03 #6

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Thar ole lass looks like a beauty mate! She is worth every penny " if " spending time with her brings ye joy. Nice work lad!

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 06:11 #7

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To the question, to us, yes. When we started having kids we were fortunate enough to have some disposable income for recreation. After looking at some options, like a camper or hotel stays on road trips or one big trip a year, we decided to see how boating would work as a family recreation. I grew up boating so had a pretty good idea of how a proof of concept boat would be for us. We put 200 hours on it in four months and decided to go bigger, to 24 feet. In the next three years we put about 500 hours on that boat and we added a set of twins to our family. We again up sized to a 2950 Encounter Sunbridge that is currently for sale. The kids have grown and we had vacations other than boating that I never dreamed we could do. Disneyland and Hawaii were places that I assumed would be off the table, but somehow happened. The Admiral and I have been boating together for about 40 years and bought a 3818 Motoryacht last August. I have been employed making the boat ours as well as correcting some things that a previous owner could have had some help with.
Boating and our Yacht Club make up a large share of our recreational time, she has her sewing room and makes beautiful quilts, I have my wood and metal working machines an a '72 Nova that I did a frame off resto mod to that have been neglecting. I only put about 500 miles on it in the last year.
Is it worth the cost? Doughnuts on the dock at Roche Harbor, sunset at Montegue, Princess Louisa, sunrise and having a salmon hit, the family enjoying and having fun together, yeah, every dime.
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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 10:10 #8

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Well said Pcpete.

My wife and I have very much enjoyed our last three years as new boaters. We've been to Princess Louisa, Desolation Sound, Indian Arm and the Gulf Islands. Set up with downriggers to fish off too.

Boating is great fun, provides great experiences and memories, but it can be expensive. If I didn't think it was worth it, I wouldn't be doing it.

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 10:48 #9

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The simple answer to the question is YES. It's worth every penny I have ever put into boating.

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 15:05 #10

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So far I have had many expensive hobbies from racing cars to building custom mountain snowmobiles to major home renovations and now we are into boating in a big way. None of these are any more or less expensive than boating and all of them keep me busy.......which I find therapeutic. I like to tinker and make things "mine". Not only is it a learning experience it also keeps me out of trouble!lol. Over the years it also taught my son's how to use tools and take care of their stuff.

Now that the kids are gone the last boat (trophy 2459) and the new boat (2859) have helped to fill in all the spare time I have now. The car racing and mountain snowmobiling have become a bit too much for my body to handle and boating/fishing is the new sport for the wife and I. Nothing like being out on the ocean relaxing!!!

So the answer for us is a resounding YES! it's worth every minute and every dime!

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 15:26 #11

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Is it worth the cost?

I think there are 3 categories for that:

1) The people who discover that the cost is much, much more than the monthly payment and get out quickly.
2) Those who discover the cost is much more, use the boat for as long as they can, then let it rot away.
3) The rest of us. We know how much the costs really are, but don't care because the trade off is well worth the investment.
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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 15:38 #12

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Rick, I agree with you. The answer is a big YES. Becky loves to entertain on board our 3870. When we have friends over for dinner who have never been on the boat, they are amazed at how much room we have. Yes it is well worth every penny we spend.

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 25 Feb 2017 16:42 #13

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I don't want to cast a shadow on this subject. But, the answer depends on two things.
1). Can you afford it
2). Are you enjoying it
If you are going to put yourself in debt, the enjoyment will soon disappear
If you can afford it and are enjoying it, YES it's more then worth it.

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sketch96 wrote: So far I have had many expensive hobbies from racing cars to building custom mountain snowmobiles.

So the answer for us is a resounding YES! it's worth every minute and every dime!


I built and raced cars for years. What type of racing did you do?

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 26 Feb 2017 00:32 #15

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bconnelly wrote: It's been over a year since I bit the bullet and bought my old boat.

Is being a boat owner worth the cost?

Only if your wife likes to boat as well. Otherwise it can be very costly

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 26 Feb 2017 03:34 #16

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Started off racing oval track locally then moved up to late models then to super late models. Stopped driving myself when my 2 sons came along and we're old enough to race karts. That was a lot of fun travelling around bc, Alta, Saskatchewan.

Now my entire focus is on the boat. Which my wife says I treat like a race car! Everything looked at as how to make it handle better and go faster!!lol. My 2859 has a 502 in it.

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And I do agree 100% with westkal. My wife loves it and that makes it worth it!

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Its worth every penny. I've been boating for almost 40 years. I bought a new Bayliner Mutiny in1979 and had so much fun with that boat in my 20's. Then I moved up to a Bayliner Skagit. Marriage, kids, and a house came along and unfortunately the boat got sold to help buy the house. Then times changed and I got back into boating when I bought my Maxum 2000sc and still have it 15 years later. Two years ago I bought my 2270 Explorer and rebuilt it. Cost me more then what I could sell it for but its worth every penny. Its the way I wanted it and my wife and I have really been enjoying it and look forward to using it a lot in retirement. Can hardly wait to cruise the San Juan's for the summer. The last thing I will say is buy something you can afford so you really can enjoy it.

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sketch96 wrote: Started off racing oval track locally then moved up to late models then to super late models. Stopped driving myself when my 2 sons came along and we're old enough to race karts. That was a lot of fun travelling around bc, Alta, Saskatchewan.


All right. Racing is a true addiction of highs and lows. Loved it. We ran a sedan in GT3 at Westwood before it closed. Then on to 1/4 Midgets with our kids for 7 years racing up and down the west coast. Moved up to Micro and Mini Sprints at Deming Speedway where we won several local and national championships. "SprinterX" comes from our dirt track days. Great memories, but now we boat.

I see you're from PG. We have a rental house there in college heights.

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Taking into consideration the hours of quality family time, use of boat as mancave when I want to be alone, hours of projects to keep me mentally challenged, the freedom of being on the open sea. It is all worth it.!

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Nice!!! Like the micros and mini's ! My son's talked about wanting to try them out but on a regular budget it's one thing at a time! We did very well and they grew up and have families now. That's why I have all this free time to pour into a boat. Plus now it's something the wife and I can do together. She never cared for the racing!!lol!

Loving every minute of it!

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Is being a boat owner worth the cost? 27 Feb 2017 17:28 #22

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A long time and a few boats ago when I was relatively new to cruising, I was talking to a good boating friend and nearly complaining about all the various costs of boat ownership.
My good friend quickly intervened to indicate that there should be absolutely no complaining about such spending and money allocation; moreover he stated that this should be the most preferred spending of any inanimate object in the domestic budget.
I immediately realized my error and determined that this would never occur again. What would one rather do, pay a cable bill or pay for the trash pickup (that list can go on and on)? These are defiantly costs to complain about.
I determined if you have reached a point in life when you can find the value and commit to marine related spending; you are a very fortunate individual. We do spend a lot of time on the water as a family and it has become a lifestyle for us for many years.

There is certainly no regrets for our family's commitment to a boating life style! B)
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As a relatively new boat owner, and one that has a little bit of a project (seems like they all are) to get it to what I WANT, i can say the memories and feeling of freedom that come with boating are worth it alone. i've worked hard in my early 20's to be able to provide this lifestyle for my son, and fiance works just as hard. so it feels good to treat ourselves with an endeavor like boat ownership.

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You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a boat; and that's pretty close
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Ruffryder wrote: You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a boat; and that's pretty close


Well put!
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