We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Most of the people I knew (admittedly a very small sample size) that thought they needed a boat ended up regretting it.
There was the expense and maintenance headaches, and it all seemed to degenerate to the point where they were boating, "to get some good" out of the boat. There was no longer any joy or fun in it, and they felt like they had to keep it because of the financial beating they would take selling it.
If you live by, or on, the water, they can be a joyful experience. When I lived on an island, I could have the boat in the water, cleaned up and provisioned, in an hour. Coming out of the water, full offload and cleanup and back in the shed in 1½. And once on the water, many nice, quiet places within a short distance, ½ hour of motoring or so, to lay up and BBQ, pull tubes, or drink beer. With a young family, it was a blast.
But when the chore of getting in and out of the water extends, or the distance to the water starts eating into the fun time, or the local water isn't as clean / empty, fun or enjoyable. Well, for me it becomes a different picture.
It's best to understand up front that you buy & sell the boat at either end, and then pay rent on every hour spent enjoying it - and the upkeep expense is the frosting that never ends. RV's are much the same.
Ha, how timely
Girlfriend is giving me the gears for having just picked up another boat, albeit a small one. It's a laser, for the kids. I'm trying to do it on the cheap, a recovered landfill hull, cheap foils and spars, son has to pay for the sail. Should have the whole show on the water for less than a grand.
In return I'm offloading two old canoes and a 20' triple cockpit runabout that's 70 years old.
That'll still leave me doing upkeep on Dad's Beneteau and running my dinghy that we use every weekend.
It is a ton of work dealing with them for sure. The Bene won't be around forever so I resolve to use the bejeezus out of it while I can, Sleepover and casual racing every weekend and one big two week cruise per year. The dinghy is invaluable in support of the big boat. The combo makes for a fine floating cottage at a fraction of the cost, sadly without the appreciation of the asset.
The Canoes have seen declining use so off they go into Kijiji land. I've never managed to hit my goal on restoring the runabout, so off she goes too in a few weeks.
Boats are a PITA for sure. But once out on the water looking back at the concrete jungle away from the maddening crowds, its totally worth it. Trick is to get the right intersection of costs, pain, suffering, delight, good company, fine conditions, great sailing and it makes the rationalization engine on top of my shoulders light up nicely.
Now that's some sensible boat maintenance and ownership. Much better than my neighbors whose boats sit in the driveway or storage yard, yearning for some navigable water. Or, as my lovely wife asks, "Why hoard someone else's dream?"