(Closed) Anyone have a boat?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My dad had two (not simultaneously) when I was a kid.

It depends on how much you want to use it I guess. They DO require a LOT of money and upkeep.

The biggest thing is keeping it clean. We would have it out in the driveway washing it at least a couple of times a month, and believe me, it is a PAIN. Even with three people, it takes several hours. (Depending on the size, I suppose.)

On the other hand, wakeboarding and inner-tubing and fishing out in the river is a BLAST. Or at least it was when I was a kid.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Lolasmomma:  I think if you love boating, love being on the water, have some sort of passion, then you should consider it. boating is amazing! It’s not for everyone though.  You didn’t say if it was a speed boat for rivers, lakes or oceans, or a ocean going vessel that requires a slip. I am the proud owner of a 55 ft. ,77,000 lb authentic Chinese Junk. It is an ocean boat And we keep it in a slip. The acronym for BOAT is ” break out another thousand” . True statement. They are a huge investment. I’m not a river or lake kind of girl so I don’t know much about those kind of boats, but for me there is nothing better than cruising off to Catalina Island, grabbing a mooring, and enjoying a week of pure serenity.

its a lifestyle. It’s like owning a second home, especially if you have to keep it in the water.  Our slip runs $800.00 a month. I spend all my weekends on my boat, just hanging out in the slip. Someday, we will retire on a boat, and live happily ever after❤

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We HAD a speedboat and got rid of it, at a considerable loss. They are expensive – to haul and run (price of gas) and parts and repairs are outrageous. We nicknamed the boat the MONEY PIT.

IF you live near a boatable water body and IF you will use it more than a couple times of year, it can be worth it. We are sticking with our canoe and jet skis now. No more boats for us!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Lolasmomma:  yes, boating is expensive, but a smaller boat you can keep on a trailer and spend a nice weekend day on is glorious. Here is a picture of my boat. We have restored it over the last 5 years and it is my pride and joy. This kind of boating is a labor of love and kind of like the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you think you might be done, it’s time to start again. Not for the faint of heart.

what ever you decide, have a great time…

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have multiple boats & a jetski. Both mine & DH’s family has always had boats. I love boating/jetskiing. The biggest factor is if you are going to use it enough. If you live near lakes or a big river, you’ll be able to use it frequently. If you’re planning on just trailer-ing it, you don’t need to worry about paying for a slip. You can also take your boat on vacation with you (provided it’s small enough to trailer it). Each year, we go on a big vacation with a few families to a huge lake, and each family brings their boat. Darling Husband & I just bring out jetski, since there’s enough boats for everyone. We’ve always taken very good care of our boats so we’ve never felt like they were money pits. Just keep them clean and do the required matienence (make sure you winterize if necessary).

And here’s a photo of our boat + jetski. We spent the day relaxing & swimming at a sandbar.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@pecanpie:  is that you on the floatie? Now that’s my idea of a GREAT time. YAY for boats and sun, and water!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We LOVED our Larson, but sold it about a year ago. We just weren’t getting enough use out of it as of late to justify the insane amount of space it took up in our garage, not to mention that towing it was expensive, then it was even more expensive to fill it with gas, and cleaning it was a bitch.

If you have the time, energy, space, and money to dedicate to the maintenance and use of a boat, it’s definitely a fabulous toy to have…. but trust me, it requires a lot of responsibility and effort.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

We have a boat and love it.  We didn’t get to use it much last summer because we had a drought and the lakes and river were WAY low.  We used it a few times though and had fun.  My brother just moved to Wisconsin this year and we plan to boat up there more with him. 

It depends how much you use it really and how much care you give it.  Obviously if you are reckless and get it stuck in mud etc you’ll have more maintainence/ repairs etc.  Trust me we saw a lot of idiots out in their boats trying to boat with the water low.  If you are outdoor people will take good care of it and use it a lot than its definitely worth the money.  This last year we felt it wasn’t again because of the low waters but it happens occassionally in our area so we just had to deal.

Post # 12
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11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Lolasmomma:  Growing up in Southern California everyone I knew, including our family, had a boat. We would spend many weekends at the Colorado River. They are worth it if you plan on using it frequently. However, if you don’t have the time/energy/opportunities/money to take it out more than once or twice a year I wouldn’t suggest it as they are expensive to maintain.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My ex & I had one, we loved it but it was a LOT of work. Once he got ill we couldn’t keep up with anymore. If you can afford a slip that makes it much easier than hauling it in & out of a lake. A best friend with a boat is a much better deal if you can get it 

They say the happiest two days of a boat owners life are the day they buy it and the day they sell it.

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