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Karen&Mike
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We bought our own boat in 2006, rather than carry on hiring, and/or waiting ' till later' . We thought that instead of repeating the regular comment " we'd like our own boat one day"  we would try and find a way to make it happen.

After joining this forum and finding lots of information and meeting some lovely folk at the very first meet up in 2005, we started our boat search at the end of that year. There's just the two of us so we didn't need to buy big, and this also can keep mooring costs down. We live 190 miles away but visit regulalry, and we use the boat from March to around the end of November. Any time the forecast is good, for example, we can just head down after work on a friday for the weekend. And we don't set off back till sunday evening as the traffic has eased off a bit by then, and  anyway, who wants to leave The Broads on Sunday teatime in the summer when the sun is still shining and the birds singing!  We get home in time for bed! And why not!?

We see boating as our hobby, our pastime, and so it's not a luxury, it's what we do. We have some wonderful boating friends and have had some great times in the ten years thus far. I would rather run one decent car, and one banger, so as to keep running a boat. There is boat owing  on a budget or gin palace champagne boating, and lots of in-between, but its definately not an exclusive or elite pastime and you can make it work however you want, IMHO,

Go for it! Life is too short....

All the best, K & M

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Jean&Brian
May-24-2016 @ 4:08 PM                           Permalink
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As you will see there are as many viewpoints as types of boat, the main consideration is the general view of how often will you use it, we use ours every opportunity we get 12 months of the year, like Steve 51 we expect to get around 100 or more days in this year, even with family commitments we have usually managed 80 or so in the past but we are retired.

Cost wise there are always out of pocket expenses but generally speaking the fixed costs are equal to 2 to 3 weeks hire of an equivalent boat, the benefit of owning your own over shared ownership/syndicate boats is the freedom to come and go as you please for as long as you like and the ability to leave everything on board just bringing and taking home clothing, no need to leave the boat ready for the next user.

As Paladine said at the end of the day you need to decide on your own criteria, everyone has different circumstances and needs and most importantly disposable income and time.

Hope that helps.

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Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and input,and excellent information.
I will consider all you have said.
I would like to have an idea of what the cost of sharing with others can be.
It takes about 2 hours driving to get to the Broads from where I live. But that is nothing for me, as the thought of getting in the water just thrills me so much, and the thought of getting away from it all,is just bliss.
I watch ROBIN AKA The London Rascal all the time and have seen every blog he has done, and I find his blogs and boat reviews wonderful.
Would like to contact him but not sure how.
Anyway, thank you all again. I would of been at the NBF meet at Ranworth but I'm going abroad that day!! Never mind.
0 lease all keep in touch with any more info or ideas, and ya never know, might see you on the water. ??

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Hello to you
We recon you can only love a boat the time its yours hire one love it for the hire period buy one and love it all year as a family member with its trials and rewards.
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Hi Mrweetabix, We have owned a boat for about 11years, it takes us around 3 hours to get to it from just outside Brighton. We sold our last boat in 2013, gave it up for a year,  missed it so much that we bought our present boat (Alpha 31) and have been back on the water ever since. If you love boating the cost and distance is immaterial, So buy your boat and enjoy it.

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Hi every one i bought our Alpha 32 last year with my daughter and son in law.We share the running costs and love the freedom of using it at any time that suits us.We invite friends add relations for long weekends and holidays.After holidaying on the broads for over 55 years this is my dream. Take the plunge you will love it,you only live once!!

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Kevin Cook

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Do it, you never know what the future holds. The couple that moor behind us bought their boat on retirement last spring, the wife passed away over the winter.

My mum died shortly after retirement 10 years ago and that totally changed my outlook on life, I now do things now, not wait until later.

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In my opinion owning a boat virtually never stacks up financially.
Plus one aspect that many miss is the time that they swallow too through maintenance. I know roughly what my boats cost for the usual associated bills but have never dared add up the hours that I spend simply keeping them in good order. If I multiplied those many hours by my normal hourly working rate (which I could be doing instead) it would be an eye watering sum.
So no, only in rare cases does it make real sense.

However....would I ever become a non boat owner? Not a chance.
Leisure usually costs money and I am perfectly happy to take the financial hit for the joy and freedom of owning.

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This is definitely a 'how long is a piece of string' type of question. I own my boat - my second in 8 years. Total 'purchase' cost of both boats appx. £7,500. [Yes you could spend £10,000 but I frequently see very lovely motor cruisers for sale for a lot less - usually the older, more basic traditional boats like Freeman 22's]

My costs now are appx. £1100 p.a. (as we are paying a bit more for mooring these days) but if I have the boat taken out, hull polished, anti fouling etc. then a bit more. Even if my total costs were £1,500 p.a. that equates to less than two weeks hire of a similar sized sailing boat from a Broads Yard. Add in the purchase cost and I might be able to afford three weeks - just. I prefer to have free access to my boat, whenever I wish...

Maintenance is always there, but it need not be huge cost - again, it depends on your choice of boat!  I would love to own a classic wooden river cruiser, but my pockets aren't that deep, nor do I have the skills to look after it, so I have settled for a GRP production sailing boat in good nick. It cost me less than £5k.

So, where am I going with this? Well, we decided that for us, owning was far more preferable as this is our main escape/relaxation/hobby and we want to enjoy it whenever we can/like. We looked at the realities of our life and worked out what sort of investment was realistic for us and went for it - ABSOLUTELY no regrets. If all I could have afforded was a Mirror Dinghy, I'd have gone for that and used it as much as I could...

Danny


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