View Poll Results: How much time do you spend on your boat?
Only able to occasionally get to the boat. 2 2.15%
Average 1 or 2 weekends a month. 9 9.68%
Spend at least one month a year plus some weekends. 10 10.75%
Weekends and vacations. 24 25.81%
Spend an entire season aboard. 11 11.83%
Full time liveaboard staying in one place. 4 4.30%
Full time liveaboard/cruiser traveling around. 13 13.98%
Boat is in the yard being built/rebuilt. 5 5.38%
Still looking for a boat. 1 1.08%
Other. Please explain. 14 15.05%
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:42 PM   #1
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How much do you use your boat?

So many times during discussions people are adamant that the way they do something is the RIGHT way and can't understand why someone else does it differently. There are so many different uses and places to use a boat that most times there is more than one right answer. I thought it might be interesting to see how different members use their boats so I came up with the above poll.

For the sake of the poll please use the last 12 months for your answer, not what you want or hope to do (we all have dreams).
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:52 PM   #2
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I am on board every day during the season. I don't live aboard, but I do use the boat daily.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:05 AM   #3
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2240hrs in 9 years. Three month long trips down south. Run it at least once a week locally.

Except now. Living on it as I bulldozed my old house and am building a new one. 2/3 framed. Going to be a few to several months before I am back to normal.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:11 AM   #4
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I selected other as we spend about 280 days a year boating, about 240 away from home and cruising. 1017 engine hours in 2015. 17,200 nm.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:26 AM   #5
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I probably spent 100 days on the boat over the past year. The majority of this was working on the boat, as I replaced the engine, fuel tanks, prop, windlass, re-cored part of the deck, and a bunch of re-wiring.
Although I enjoy doing the work, this year I plan to enjoy using the boat.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:50 AM   #6
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Not enough...I spend more time per year on other peoples boats. I did manage to spend 6 hrs last sunday on mine de-sliming and scrubbing..fun times.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:04 AM   #7
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We live in Woodbridge, Suffolk, on the east coast of the U.K., and Content is tied up in Port McNeill, BC. We manage to spend 100-140 days each year on board. She's a wooden boat, 85 years old, but with new engines, electrics and plumbing, so she fires up first turn of the key, once the raw-water sea-cocks have been opened. But she's kept outside, so I spend a chunk of each summer perfecting my woodwork fettling skills!

Wouldn't have it any other way :-)
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:33 AM   #8
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11 weeks and 270 hours. A lot nights spent on the boat getting it ready for the late spring.


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Old 01-28-2016, 02:14 AM   #9
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Other. Strange poll options. I go to the boat most days, sometimes just for a coffee but usually doing something maintenance related. I might not be there more than an hour or two. In terms of using the boat, it seems to average several times a month for a few days at a time, but not often weekends. But this year I'm hoping for some longer periods cruising further afield.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:37 AM   #10
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We use our PNW cruiser like a getaway cabin. We will often drive the 100 miles to the boat for one or both days of a weekend and just stay on it even if the weather is not condusive to going out. We generally manage to get a two or three week cruise in the fall into BC unless work gets in the way. Hopefully we'll get more time to work on and use the boat in the not-too-distant future.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:02 AM   #11
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We keep the boat behind the house so we spend most every day on her for an hour or two. We go out for a few days each month durring the cooler season and durring the summer it is two or three times a month.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:27 AM   #12
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I've never actually taken the Rose out. I've run the engines at the dock but I don't even know how fast she goes. Going on 7 years now! Maybe this summer is the lucky summer.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:46 AM   #13
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We live 20 minutes from the boat . We are there 3 or 4 times a week after work checking on stuff . During the season we are on it every weekend and also some nights during the week .
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:42 AM   #14
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Use to spend 4 or 5 days a week on my boat. Now that it's out of the boatyard, maybe a little less.

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Old 01-28-2016, 09:55 AM   #15
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Northern Lights is on the Mississippi 250 miles from our home in Kansas. I pretty much liveaboard from mid March into the 1st week in December, because of the mild winter I went thru the 1st week of January this year. I take the boat out 3 to 4 times a week to anchor out for the day or overnight, and make 1 or 2 longer cruises each season. I put 100 to 125 hours most years, 2013 was 30 hours because I spent 4 days a week for 13 weeks in Mn helping a friend get a 44' aluminium houseboat ready to bring down the river. In July we are going to Chicago and out on to the lake for a month or so. I use a iPad with the app and these polls don't show up for some reason.


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Old 01-28-2016, 10:16 AM   #16
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Does it count if your boat is a live aboard that seldom if ever leaves the dock? Using one's boat is a pretty nebulous concept. Hence the reason for cruising organizations like CCA where pot lucks are held in some very interesting places on the world wide waters.
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I probably use mine 2-3 a week on average. Mostly day cruising. But we do a lot of overnights as well. Will be going to Galveston for Mardi Gras this weekend. It is gonna be a beautiful day today so will likely take a little cruise this afternoon. I live 3 miles from the boat. We are members in a couple of different very active boating groups. And they coordinate many weekend cruises as well. So hour wise....250-300 hours a year.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:31 AM   #19
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How much do you use your boat?

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I probably use mine 2-3 a week on average. Mostly day cruising. But we do a lot of overnights as well. Will be going to Galveston for Mardi Gras this weekend. It is gonna be a beautiful day today so will likely take a little cruise this afternoon. I live 3 miles from the boat. We are members in a couple of different very active boating groups. And they coordinate many weekend cruises as well. So hour wise....250-300 hours a year.

This summer I was thinking about cruising up to Galveston with the entire family. Where would be a good marina to stay where we would have access to the fun parts of Galveston? We like the Strand area.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:36 AM   #20
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Spend at least one month a year plus some weekends.

Weekends and vacations.


Aren't those both about the same thing?


We typically spend most weekends on the boat at the marina. We take a cruise for a month or two in the spring and a shorter one in the fall. That could change though.
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