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Old 02-13-2020, 12:43 PM   #1
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Happiest Owners?

This is a random question, but I'm curious, so I have to ask: what make of boat do you think has the happiest owners? For instance, those that own Ranger Tugs ("tug nuts") seem to be so happy, it's almost cult-like. Tolly owners too seem to be very happy with their choice of boat. And I am aware that "happiness" is relative before the comedy bits start piling up... lol. thanks
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:57 PM   #2
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I don't think it is brand specific, although I love my Albin. Rather, IMHO, a boater becomes a more happy boater when there are no more payments due on the boat.

Of course there will always be dockage, insurance, etc. But interest accumulating payments are never a good thing.

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Old 02-13-2020, 01:12 PM   #3
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The owners whose boats do what they ask of it when they ask it without exorbitant amounts of maintenance.

Some boats through design appeal to a wide variety of owners. THey may not be perfect in all things but offer several attractions.

Sportfishers are great at fishing use but maybe not so good at cruising use for many reasons. They are usually also good seaboats but that may also not be as good for slow cruising. The huge back deck good for fishing limits accomodation.


A cruiser may be ROOMY and comfortable except in really rough water. Another similar boat may be the other way, a great seaboat but the accomodations not quite as great.

Same for any other boat.

You mention Tollys. They deserved their reputation. Good coastal sea boats including rough water handling, good accomodations, good build quality, good looking and a price that many could afford. I know and have known several people with them and that was their opinion.
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I don't think boat type is the reason for happiness or not. Most boaters love their boats. If not happy about a specific boat, most boaters will sell it and get something else.

People that use their boats a lot seem to be happier.

Too many boaters don't get to use their boat as often or as long as they want, due to various reasons:

Work/job
Wife does not enjoy boating
Kids and grand kids birthdays, sports, weddings, births in summer
Boat needs repair
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Two of the happiest days in a boat owners life is the day they buy and the day they sell.
Then repeat the day they buy and the day they sell over again. Repeat.
And I agree with syjos, the more you are able to use, the happier you are.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:33 PM   #6
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Wifey B: Bass fishermen and their bass boats.

They use them all the time and they're a bit crazy on the whole, but they are happy. Or is it delirious. I'm not sure about someone who seems happy zooming across the lake at 50 mph plus in an open boat when it's pouring down rain or when it's 35 degrees out.

But then I'm happy and I'm proud to be crazy.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:18 PM   #7
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Something that I think can be overlooked is endurance, if you need it. I really appreciate how long I can remain free from any docks or replenishments of any kind. Tank sizes and electrical budget come into play.

If you frequent docks and the dirt, it's not as big of a need.
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Something that I think can be overlooked is endurance, if you need it. I really appreciate how long I can remain free from any docks or replenishments of any kind. Tank sizes and electrical budget come into play.

If you frequent docks and the dirt, it's not as big of a need.
I should be able to make 800 miles at 7.5 Knts. in comfort. Gen allows me to run the A/C and cook on the electric stove too.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:44 PM   #10
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The ones who play with their boat(s) in the bathtub.

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Wifey B: Bass fishermen and their bass boats.

They use them all the time and they're a bit crazy on the whole, but they are happy. Or is it delirious. I'm not sure about someone who seems happy zooming across the lake at 50 mph plus in an open boat when it's pouring down rain or when it's 35 degrees out.

But then I'm happy and I'm proud to be crazy.
The sub question is, do happy people buy XYZ brand boats or does owning an XYZ brand boat make them happy?
If you are on TF a while, I think you get a sense of which boats people like. Maybe, Bayliner, GB,KK,and some others. But I expect there are exceptions which make an owner not happy. Boats are so variable within a brand and model, based on use, care, maintenance, luck, etc.
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So, is it what boat do the happiest people buy. Or what boat makes people most happy after buying it?

Some boats have a bit of a club following, and some people love that rafting up, dinners etc ambience.The happiness there probably comes from the social interaction the boat offers, nothing really to do with the character of the boat.

On the other extreme some just want to get as far away from the 'Madding crowd' as they can, to them that isolation is pure bliss. Again,maybe nothing to do with the boats per se.

So for me the happiest owners have boats that allow them to do the things they really want to on a reliable basis,without undue financial stain. Plus, a prefered first mate to share the adventure it with.

Have I mentioned Sarawana?

Edit: Bruce beat me to it.
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Maybe we should be asking what folks like LEAST on their boat.
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"Maybe we should be asking what folks like LEAST on their boat."


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I don't much care about brand; instead we focus on features the boat offers... and whether those features meet our needs and wants.

There are a few brands we'd focus on if we had a big lottery win, and a few brands we wouldn't ever buy... but in general, we're about matching capabilities to requirements.

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I don't much care about brand; instead we focus on features the boat offers... and whether those features meet our needs and wants.

There are a few brands we'd focus on if we had a big lottery win, and a few brands we wouldn't ever buy... but in general, we're about matching capabilities to requirements.

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Agreed. And even within a brand, some models are better designed or built than others. So it's not as simple as "X brand built well, Y brand built poorly"
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Boating by itself makes people happy.

Whenever my non boating friends meet my boating friend, they are always amazed at how happy and fun loving the boaters are.
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Chalk us up as happy after 5+ years.
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“ What make boat has the happiest owners “ I’ve been happy, but satisfied with ownership might be a better term. My choices in over 40 years of boating have been a Boston Whaler Montauk 17, Cape Dory 25 & 28, Monk 36 and Krogen Manatee 36. They all fit our needs at the time, provided great memories and held there values over the years owned.
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If I walk away from my boat at the dock and turn around to look at her with a smile, I'm a happy boater.
If I dinghy away from my boat at anchor and turn around to look at her with a smile, I'm a happy boater.
If I....etc., I'm a happy boater.
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