How much would you spend on a boat just to get you out on the water?
the two greatest days in the life of a boater are:
1. When he, or she, gets the boat.
2. When he, or she, gets rid of the boat.
In the end, in New England anyway, it's too much money for too short a period of time.
I took the worst route and built one. I cost about $35k + labor and took 2 years.
That's a lot of time and money. I hope you still have the boat and get out in it.
No years later I donated it to charity it got to be too much cost of upkeep, not to mention filling an 80 gal gas tank.
If I were in a position today to really use one gain I would have another but I would just buy one rather than build one.
Billrrr took the words right out of my mouth. I had a boat on the northern shores of Lake Ontario and quite frankly, the boating season is roughly 3.5 months long. After spending astronomical amounts of money to purchase a boat, then the reality of owning a boat comes into play. Marina fees are costly. Licensing fees, insurance, fuel, maintenance and mechanical work soon skyrocket out of sight. You pay to launch your boat and then you pay to take it out of the water and winterize for the long winter season. Then you incur the monthly storage fees to store your water craft. Owning a boat is the equivalent of having a craft on the water with a large hole that the owner keeps dumping money into.
My advice to anyone who wants to purchase a boat would be to find someone who has one and enjoy their boat as a guest or simply rent one for a day or a week and financially you will still be way ahead of the game.
Well! I live in Michigan and I know what you mean about a short hot season. It can last for 5 or 6 months some of the time.
Renting does sound like a good idea though.
Then, after waiting months to put your boat in the water you discover problems with the pump, motor or electrical and soon discover it will take weeks to repair. Ugh...it never ends. Good luck with your decision.
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