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    How much do you use your boat?-gctid805914

    I see boats berthed or on trailers everywhere I look. I'm curious how many times they actually get used. When I did a yacht delivery years ago from Panama to Hawaii, we did 330 hours of motoring, the rest under sail. Once we'd delivered it, the captain said that 330 hours of motoring is more time than most power boat owners use their boat in 5 years. That seemed .....odd.

    So, how much did you used your boat last year? I don't mean while sitting at the dock, and time on anchor doesn't count. I mean motoring somewhere. I'd also like to know, what was the longest stretch - in time or miles - that you did last year. And if you could dream, do you have any big trip you would like to do with your boat, this year or next?

    I splashed mine 41 times, 22 of which was to set and retrieve crab pots in Sequim Bay. The rest was fishing the strait. My longest was a motor to Oak Bay from Sequim, which took 2.5 hours. It should have taken far less time, but the wind, waves and current was like being in a washing machine around the Dungeness lighthouse, and then again nearing the SE corner of Vancouver Island. That's also the longest so far. This year I hope to head up the inside channel for a week to visit some friends in Vancouver, BC.
    "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
    MMSI: 367637220
    HAM: KE7TTR
    TDI tech diver
    BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
    Kevin

    #2
    We average about 75 engine key on hours a year. The hour meter is connected to the port engine on our soon to be sold boat, the power steering is connected to the starboard engine so when trolling, the hours are not recorded. Our new to us 1988 3818 has around 3500 hours showing on the meters which seems like a lot compared to others of the same vintage that are advertised as 15-1800 hours. My boat was initially in charter service and still, the average is about 120 hours per year.

    When I was growing up our Fairliner had a motor miles meter rather than a hour meter. That's a setup that,to me, has more meaning than a clock that turns on every time the key is turned on.
    P/C Pete
    Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
    1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
    Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
    MMSI 367770440

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      #3
      i try to use my boat twice a week all season sometimes more. i dont keep track of hours. im on a small lake so not to much to do really. i like to be on my boat just hanging out. hanging in the marina if fun for me also. this year i scored the slip next to me. the marina had to move some boats around so i took the spot for my waverunner we just got.

      2016 215 DB and a 2016 Yamaha VX Cruiser HO right next to each other. hoping to make my neighbors jealous lol. not easy getting slips by me as everything is brand new as of last season. all new docks and fingers.

      last year i had a great employee who took care of things for me, 3/4 days a week at the boat was great. now i gotta work alittle lol but ill get by.

      aldo
      2016 Bayliner 215DB
      4.5l 250hp Bravo 3
      2016 Yamaha VZ Cruiser HO

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        #4
        If nothing else than to muddy the waters a bit to what "boat use" constitutes...I live on my boat so I say I use it 24/7/365 :woohoo:
        . . .It places the lotion in the Basket. . .and that basket happens to be in a 1987 Bayliner 3870 w/ Hino 175's

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          #5
          Around 150 engine hours/year and 50-60 nights aboard.

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            #6
            About 100 + engine hours a year but my season is short June to september.
            1989 Avanti 3450 Sunbridge
            twin 454's
            MV Mar-Y-Sol
            1979 Bayliner Conquest 3150 hardtop ocean express.
            Twin chevy 350's inboard
            Ben- Jamin
            spokane Washington

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              #7
              Back when I was working at Ford I averaged about 120 hours per season. Since I retired and with a more limited income I am probably averaging 30 to 35 hours per season.
              Rick Grew

              1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

              2004 Past Commodore
              2021 Commodore
              West River Yacht & Cruising Club
              www.wrycc.com

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                #8
                About 30-40 engine hours, but I do a lot of drifting.
                Bayliner 195 Bowrider 2013 4.3l 220hp MPI
                Alpha 1, Gen II
                2019 F-150 3.0l Powerstroke Crew Cab 4WD
                Albany, Ohio

                MMSI: 338234042

                King of retirement. Finally got that last promotion.

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                  #9
                  300 engine hours last year
                  Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
                  Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
                  93 3058 sold
                  92 2855 (day boat)
                  91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
                  Longbranch WA
                  Life is Good

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                    #10
                    Last year, our first year of boating, we went out 17 times from May-October and put 65 hours on the engine. We would have gone out more, but weather sometimes kept us at the dock.

                    Since we bought the boat new (and a new lift at pier), I obsessed about how much the cost per hour used might be... So, I also kept a fairly detailed log book recording hours spent out on the boat (cruising, at anchor, etc); that came out to be around 180 hours (a couple of those 17 trips were overnighters). Cost to buy/operate the boat last year: about $350 an hour.
                    Rick
                    "Our Dream" -- 2015 21' Bayliner 642, 4.3 MPI Mercruiser

                    "Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates." Mark Twain

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                      #11
                      "rbrauerei" post=805986 wrote:
                      Cost to buy/operate the boat last year: about $350 an hour.
                      Now there's a calculation that would scare the crappola outa me! In a way, it's an interesting way to look at it, .....but I'm unwilling to go there. :whistle:
                      "B on D C", is a 1989 2459 Trophy Offshore HT, OMC 5.7L, Cobra OD, Yamaha 15hp kicker. Lots of toys! I'm no mechanic, just a blue water sailer and woodworker who loves deep sea fishing.
                      MMSI: 367637220
                      HAM: KE7TTR
                      TDI tech diver
                      BoD Puget Sound Anglers North Olympic Peninsula Chapter
                      Kevin

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                        #12
                        Almost 400 hours last year, mostly USCG Auxiliary, a few wakeboarding outings with my grandchildren.
                        1998 Capri 1950CL
                        3 Liter MerCruiser
                        Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Garmin 300 AIS receiver, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
                        2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower

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                          #13
                          Kind of depends I guess. I moved my boat closer to the gulf islands just over a month ago and I've already used my boat more than I did last year because I'm a little more motivated to get out and explore. I literally used my boat about 5-6 times last year. I've already been out twice this week!
                          2001 Bayliner Ciera 2455 5.7 Merc MPI, Bravo 3
                          2009 Subaru WRX STI
                          2017 stick with a nail on the end of it


                          Victoria, BC

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                            #14
                            We spend about 20 weeks a year aboard. Most of the time docked, but 100-150 hours on the engines each year last two years. We plan to do much more cruising now that almost all the kinks have been or about to be worked out.
                            Steve & Cary Sober
                            Woodstock, VA
                            SURPRISE
                            2000 Bayliner 4788
                            Cummins 370's
                            Achilles 350DX with Eurohelm and 20HP Tohatsu
                            Kent Island, MD

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                              #15
                              We seem to rack up about 150 engine hours per year and are expecting 80 nights aboard this calendar year.

                              Winter and shoulder season boating adds much more usage.
                              1995 Bayliner 3587
                              Twin Hino 250HP
                              Located In Sidney BC, Canada

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