I Got a Boat!

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
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    I've wanted my own boat for as long as I can remember but I'm just now in a position where I can afford one. Trouble is, I have a lot of obstacles in my way of getting one:

    • I currently own a hybrid and you're not supposed to tow anything with a hybrid engine.
    • I have nowhere to store it.
    • I want to buy a house also and I'm afraid the money I spend on the boat could take away from how nice of a house I end up getting. (Although this is my least concern, it's still a concern.)

    I know you guys tend to come up with some good suggestions, so thought I'd throw this out there. The boat pictured above is the one I've decided I want. It comes in blue/white, black/white and red/white.
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:19 AM GMT
    Get a seadoo! They are a lot of fun.
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:22 AM GMT
    We board those kind of boats all the time at my job. They are amazing. Im actually going wakeboarding this weekend icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 saidWe board those kind of boats all the time at my job. They are amazing. Im actually going wakeboarding this weekend icon_smile.gif



    You work at a marina?
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    Much like cars, but more so, buying a new boat involves devastating depreciation rates. The last few years have been a buyer's market for used boats, since everyone with a seldom-used boat and cash-flow problems is desperate to unload it.

    Of course, used boats come with their own set of problems. The real "bargains" are basically large bundles of expensive weekend projects. Only suitable for insane people who enjoy that sort of thing. (Don't ask me how I know icon_rolleyes.gif )

    If you can keep the boat in a marina where you use it, you only need to haul it at the beginning and end of the season. But price and availability of marina slips can vary widely. (The nearest ones to me have a 3-year waiting list.) However, the crowding at the boat ramps anywhere near a large city can be so bad that unless you have a marina slip, you sit in line all day waiting to launch or recover your boat.

    I know you're looking at a stink-pot, but you might want to take the sailboat owner's simulator test:

    Get your shower running on its coldest setting. Step in to the shower with all of your clothes on. Now pull out your wallet and start throwing hundred-dollar bills into the toilet. If you're having a good time, you might be a sailor!
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    Get a houseboat
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    Jun 06, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    I'd rather have this boat. icon_razz.gif

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    Jun 06, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Adonis_001 saidWe board those kind of boats all the time at my job. They are amazing. Im actually going wakeboarding this weekend icon_smile.gif



    You work at a marina?


    Im in the Coast Guard
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
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    I've wanted my own boat for as long as I can remember but I'm just now in a position where I can afford one. Trouble is, I have a lot of obstacles in my way of getting one:

    • I currently own a hybrid and you're not supposed to tow anything with a hybrid engine.
    • I have nowhere to store it.
    • I want to buy a house also and I'm afraid the money I spend on the boat could take away from how nice of a house I end up getting. (Although this is my least concern, it's still a concern.)

    I know you guys tend to come up with some good suggestions, so thought I'd throw this out there. The boat pictured above is the one I've decided I want. It comes in blue/white, black/white and red/white.


    What does it cost?
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI know you're looking at a stink-pot, but you might want to take the sailboat owner's simulator test:

    Get your shower running on its coldest setting. Step in to the shower with all of your clothes on. Now pull out your wallet and start throwing hundred-dollar bills into the toilet. If you're having a good time, you might be a sailor!


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    Well played sir, haha
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    If you think that you'll only use it occasionally, why not rent/charter instead?

    No long-term commitment or costs, no maintenance headaches, no moorage fees, no vehicle towing conundrum.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    A colleague of mine owns a boat and quoted this:
    Buying a boat is one of the happiest days of your life
    Selling it - the happiest.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:45 AM GMT

    My family always had a boat when I was a kid and my family wasn't rich. If a boat was a total money pit, my family could have never afforded one! I have several friends with boats and I know what I'm getting myself into.

    If anyone has anything positive to say I'd love to hear it.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    How about cruise fever? Is that similar? Sorta? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    intensity69 saidIf you think that you'll only use it occasionally, why not rent/charter instead?

    No long-term commitment or costs, no maintenance headaches, no moorage fees, no vehicle towing conundrum.



    I thought about that. Unfortunately, the only boats they rent in my area are fishing boats. And while I'll be using it for fishing also, my primary use will be as a ski/recreation boat. Also, where I live has a very long summer and I'm surrounded by water, so I'll be using it frequently. Good idea though. Thanks.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    princeofzen saidHow about cruise fever? Is that similar? Sorta? icon_razz.gif


    I plan on doing a lot of "cruising" in my boat. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    Boating is one of the most fun recreational activities. I will definitely have one when I'm older. Your biggest issue is transporting the boat, unless you can find a marina and keep the boat there (but then you have those costs to take into account).

    I would suggest buying used. A smaller type of boat, Bayliner is the best brand in my opinion. Get a little 17 footer or something. Easy maintenance and few issues.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidBoating is one of the most fun recreational activities. I will definitely have one when I'm older. Your biggest issue is transporting the boat, unless you can find a marina and keep the boat there (but then you have those costs to take into account).

    I would suggest buying used. A smaller type of boat, Bayliner is the best brand in my opinion. Get a little 17 footer or something. Easy maintenance and few issues.



    I love Bayliners! Love the idea of having a cabin, but I think 21 foot is the smallest Bayliner. I really need to keep it under 18 foot, which is why I'm looking at the Seadoo Challenger.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
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    msuNtx saidBoating is one of the most fun recreational activities. I will definitely have one when I'm older. Your biggest issue is transporting the boat, unless you can find a marina and keep the boat there (but then you have those costs to take into account).

    I would suggest buying used. A smaller type of boat, Bayliner is the best brand in my opinion. Get a little 17 footer or something. Easy maintenance and few issues.



    I love Bayliners! Love the idea of having a cabin, but I think 21 foot is the smallest Bayliner. I really need to keep it under 18 foot, which is why I'm looking at the Seadoo Challenger.


    They go under 21. My parents used to have a 17ft Bayliner. We just sold it last year for $7,500 and upgraded to a 40ft
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    msuNtx said

    They go under 21. My parents used to have a 17ft Bayliner. We just sold it last year for $7,500 and upgraded to a 40ft



    But the guy above says that the day you sell your boat is the happiest day of your life. Why did they get another one? icon_lol.gif But seriously.....I had no idea they made Bayliners that small. Did yours have the Cuddy Cabin?
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    msuNtx said

    They go under 21. My parents used to have a 17ft Bayliner. We just sold it last year for $7,500 and upgraded to a 40ft



    But the guy above says that the day you sell your boat is the happiest day of your life. Why did they get another one? icon_lol.gif But seriously.....I had no idea they made Bayliners that small. Did yours have the Cuddy Cabin?


    No cabin just a normal boat. Small seating area up front. Then glass then seating area behind. My parents live on the gulf coast and the boat was too small for the bay so they upgraded.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidIf anyone has anything positive to say I'd love to hear it.
    I'll only say something positive if you promise to bring the boat to Miami and go to a boat party one weekend. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    start with a small boat and work your way up I started with a 14' Glasstron and now in a 38' Top Gun jest keep at it and have fun along the wayicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidIf anyone has anything positive to say I'd love to hear it.
    I'll only say something positive if you promise to bring the boat to Miami and go to a boat party one weekend. icon_cool.gif



    Awww hellls to tha noes!!! You just trying to get me down there so you can chew my face off! icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Bobby323232 saidstart with a small boat and work your way up I started with a 14' Glasstron and now in a 38' Top Gun jest keep at it and have fun along the wayicon_biggrin.gif



    You have a cigarette boat? Holy shit!