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Old 02-10-2013, 12:20   #1
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Distance from you to your boat?

I'm thinking of buying a boat around
Seattle. I live in central California.
That's 1000 miles away. A two day
drive.

Do you live far from your boat?
Has it worked out? How do you
get back and forth? Hints to make
it a good experience?
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:27   #2
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

Our boat is in Milwaukee WI and we live in St Louis, MO. A 400 mile drive. Takes us a little over 6 hrs. We are both teachers so we spend a good part of the summer cruising and the boat is hauled out for the winter so our situation is probably not exactly like yours. We do go up for long weekends when we have a Monday or Friday off. Our boat stays on a mooring so it is a good thing to have local friends who can keep an eye on the boat when you are not there.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:29   #3
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

Ours is right about 50 minutes from door to dock and even that seems annoyingly far at times.

As for making it a better experience: I have found that having a pregnant wife who is happy to be the designated driver helps immensely.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:32   #4
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Ours is 20 minutes with traffic. I go by on evenings after work to have a beer an contemplate the next time I'll quit work to go sailing.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:33   #5
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I'm thinking of buying a boat around
Seattle. I live in central California.
That's 1000 miles away. A two day
drive.

Do you live far from your boat?
Has it worked out? How do you
get back and forth? Hints to make
it a good experience?
At one point I lived 6 hours from my boat. If this boat needs repairs you better pass. Unless you can afford to pay someone to do it, those repairs will never get done.

I paid people to paint my bottom. I paid people to wash it. I had people that would call me if something looked funny. I did minor upgrades and maintenance when I was done sailing for the day.

If it is a low maintenance boat it could work. I made trips about once a month in the winters.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:42   #6
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

Currently have a boat in the Caribbean and I live in Canada, that's about 4000miles! The most important thing is a good, reliable boatman that is on site and will look after any problems. It might be the marina manager in a small family run outfit but most large or chain companies only look after security and the pontoons, don't expect them to check if the batteries are flat! I sleep much better at night knowing someone is going to sort out any problems and it saves money in the long run. You don't want to find out that the bilge pump failed only once the water is over the engine!
Having said that the sailing up here is some of the best in the world. I am about 300m north of Seattle in the Norther Gulf Islands and you could sail every W/E for years without visiting the same anchorage twice!
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:43   #7
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At one point I lived 6 hours from my boat. If this boat needs repairs you better pass. Unless you can afford to pay someone to do it, those repairs will never get done.

I paid people to paint my bottom. I paid people to wash it. I had people that would call me if something looked funny. I did minor upgrades and maintenance when I was done sailing for the day.

If it is a low maintenance boat it could work. I made trips about once a month in the winters.
I agree with the maintenance issue. When I am six hours away, I don't want to do work, I want to sail. I try and make a couple of weekend trips up to the boatyard in the winter to do projects but there is always something that needs to be done and it is much more difficult when you are hundreds of miles away.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:56   #8
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

I lived about 2,100 miles from a boat I owned in charter in the BVIs and about 1,200 miles from a couple cruising boats I've owned in Florida, that I often sailed to the Bahamas.

The charter management thing was easy - It was like chartering except I owned the boat. Hop on a plane, provision and go cruising. Very simple, but of course it limited me to charter like cruising.

Maintaining the boats I've owned in Florida requires much more work. I never knew what problems might exist after being gone for 5 months or more. Unable to do work on a regular basis, meant spending a great deal of my time off working on the boat instead of cruising on it. It did of course mean some wonderful, longer cruises that one doesn't get chartering and that I most certainly can't do here in Iowa.

The combination of work it takes and increased costs over the last several years means I probably won't stick with it, though I have no regrets.
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Old 02-10-2013, 13:00   #9
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73 feet.
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

One is 18 miles,

The other is 1089 miles, and 16 hours...

It works ok since we have something here to spend time on. I can't wait until mine is 73ft away.
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

i live on my formosa full time and cruise it full time,and i keep my ericson in sd, about 2000 miles north of me..i dont see that one much anymore but the caretaker is a good soul. june is my liberation from that boat.
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Old 02-10-2013, 15:14   #13
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

80 miles, about 80 minutes. Still seems like a million miles sometimes. For a boat our size we kind of had three reasonable choices. Mississippi or St. Croix around Minneapolis (4 hours); Chamberlain South Dakota on the Missouri River (2 hours); or Yankton South Dakota, Missouri River (little over an hour, 80 miles away). Yankton was actually the most expensive for slip costs. Chamberlain was half the price but no travel lift or service department. Twin Cities were just too far away, eight hours round trip to get to the boat, cost of gas, etc. There's a marina in Sioux City too but the river current whips past at 90 miles per hour (well, I've heard 4-7 knots) and so if your boat dies you get swept down to Omaha before you can hit the windlass switch. We chose Yankton. I know any further than about an hour, give or take, and the trip turns into a real chore and would definitely have a effect on boat use and maintenance.
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Old 02-10-2013, 15:24   #14
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

Why would you want to buy a boat in Seattler when you live in California? The PWN boat season is maybe 60 day per year. Might want to think about chartering than to buy. We are thinking about moving ours to California as we plan on retiing in a warmer climate.

I can beat the 73 ft as we live on ours.
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Re: Distance from you to your boat?

Our boat is 3400 miles away. We live in Massachusetts, the boat lives in the Med. We fly back and forth & everything works out just fine.
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