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Old 03-22-2015, 11:05 AM   #41
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Until you are ready to use your boat on a more frequent basis you would be FAR BETTER off to charter. The experience you gain in trying for a week or three a variety of boats is far more valuable to you than any advice we on this forum might offer to you.

Those charters will solidify the type of boat you want. But don't be surprised that after a dozen charters you'll have gone through at least 8 different boat wishes for The One.
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"Sage" advise from one who lives aboard & I couldn't agree more! Unless you are extremely well off, so as to keep up (by hiring) with all the maintenance issues you are bound to face, your present path to boating is fraught with "frustration" and expense.

Take a hint from one who has been down the path you are choosing, wait until the w-o-r-k- thing is finished before you purchase the big boat. (I had a big boat in San Diego while I lived 300 miles away and it wasn't much fun.) I didn't charter either but I should have. I didn't listen to others who have been running their own boats for many years but I should have. In closing, my retirement kitty would be a lot bigger if I had just listened!
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Old 03-22-2015, 01:13 PM   #42
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I didn't charter either but I should have. I didn't listen to others who have been running their own boats for many years but I should have.
I particularly love the irony where the OP says that we aren't listening. 😀
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:17 PM   #43
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It is those other regular maintence items you mentioned needed based on time that I feel are important and Ihave so little input on it. It seems based on the posts that everyone does those things on a random basis when ever they are on their vessel. I would have thought that there are printed schedules either recommended or created based on needs. It would seem to me that a vessel that is this expensive and complex (as compared to a car or light truck) would have all kinds of charts, logs or scheduels that require inspection/actio or replacement at given time intervals. In the auto industry I can refer some one to pages and pages of schedules based on year make and model. And as you pointed out above these schedules are based on time OR mileage (use) which ever comes first.

My Wellcraft is kind of the same way there isn't a schedule to do things other than season opening and closing and annually. It is really a poor manual that I got with my boat. I would have thought for the expense there would have been something more specific with this kind of vessel.
Welcome to the world of boating. Where you are lucky to get even the most basic general manual of any kind for your vessel.

You really end up making one up yourself as you go along.

Replacing or servicing some things on a regular schedule makes sense. But a lot of things are better off serviced as needed with spares on board.

A good boat manager should already have a general list that they use for the boats they oversee that they can adapt to your boat.

As to owning a boat you are only going to use two times or so a year, if you really have made up your mind that is what you want to do, you would be better off allowing a charter company or captain to charter it for you. Even if only lightly. That way the boat gets used and systems get the proper exercise.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:11 PM   #44
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I particularly love the irony where the OP says that we aren't listening. 😀
Boater#1 How strange it is!
Boater#2 How strange what is?
Boater#1 That it should be so clear to all but he!
Boater#2 That what should be so clear?
Boater#1 Deaf ears!
Boater#2 Deaf ears? How so?
Boater#1 Strange....Strange indeed.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:36 AM   #45
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Well, Action, here are some specifics. Please understand this is for my boat, a real boat, and your boat is theoretical. Moorage is about ten grand per year. Zincs replaced every six months, about a grand a year. Insurance two grand a year. Twin engines, genset, outboard engine, oil and filter changes and zincs two grand per year. Boat detailed annually, washed monthly, three grand per year.

The boat should be run monthly. Hire a captain to take it out for a couple of hours each month, maybe six grand a year.

If you don't run the boat monthly it won't be a turnkey boat when you want to use it.

People will notice a boat that is unused most of the time. If your marina isn't locked up and patrolled, how will you handle it if someone jimmies the lock and throws a party on your boat? What if otters or sea lions take up residence on your dinghy or in the cockpit?

A boat in SoCal left unused six months at a stretch will probably get musty or worse inside. I run a dehumidifier and empty it weekly and clean the filter about every three weeks. Who will do that?

So I would figure somewhere between 15 to 30 grand per year to keep your boat insured, moored, and kept up.
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