Originally Posted by diadema111
While living aboard
for several years on Florida's north west coast
, where there are sailing days year round, I developed the
" INVERSE RULE OF BOAT USE
". Use is inversely proportional to the size of the boat and the length of time that you have owned it. This is based on observing the daily use of about 120 boats (mostly sail) from 18 ft to 50ft.
The larger the boat, the less it is used. More maintenance
, more to put way, more restrictive draft
, more crew required before it leaves the slip.
The longer you have owned the boat the less you use it. The novelty wears off, spouse and kids
develop other interests, "getting ready to go" becomes more of a chore.
While there are some people who break from this rule
. It is amazing that after putting lots of money
and time into our boats, they are used far less frequently than we imagined. The cure is to retire and go cruising.
I've heard this "rule" frequently.
When we bought our '86 boat in '98 (after 13 years before that with a Catalina
25 on The Bay and ocean and Delta
and a few with a Catalina
22 before that lake sailing), we vowed to make sure it didn't apply to us, regardless of all the boats around us who never went out. Never.
We use ours at least once a week, plus local Catalina 34 Fleet cruises and our own trips & vacations. I have decided that the only "work" left on our boat is taking the mainsail
cover off and putting it back on, so as an extension of that, decided to never do simple daysails again and I go out for at least one night on anchor
if not two each week.
In addition, I do all of our own maintenance
(except for bottom jobs and standing rigging). I KNOW everything on the boat.
I believe the having your own boat assures you become knowledgeable about the systems and equipment
on the boat, which, to me, is a SAFETY
issue. One day the engine
wouldn't start, but because I knew the electrical system
, all I had to do was replace an 18 year old fuseholder. Beated having to call Vessel Assist!
If I'd had a rental, I would have had NO CLUE.
Currently I am having an alternator
rebuilt. I had the joy of removing the old one, checking the wiring
new nuts & bolts, and cleaning
compartment, then adjusting the alternator
bracket once I learned that it needed to be done from a great post from Maine
I enjoy that part, too, sometimes just as much, because I'm always learning
something, feel safer, know more, and, therefore, can relax and enjoy sailing her every week.
We also used to go to the BVIs, did many of the canals in Europe
, sailed in Cornwall with a friend's friend, in Chicago with friends, etc. My Chicago friend, who has limited use due to weather
, mentioned he and his wife were on board 120 days last year, set a new record
. Sometimes the folks with partial year use end up using them more than folks with 365 availability.
We've owned boats since 1982, sailed since I was a kid.
I'd be lost
without having our own boat.
But I understand there are options.
This is one of those questions that begs an answer: Regardless of what anyone who answers this question does with their boats (and the gazillions of people who have boats but don't join this conversation!
), only YOU can answer that question for yourself.
Your wallet, your boat, your choice.