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pargeandmarge
May-24-2016 @ 5:29 PM                           Permalink
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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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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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