I took a ride this morning, and decided to note how many boats on trailers I saw in drives. I saw about 6. It was just a 20 minute ride along a main road and two minor roads so the figure is not representative of anything approaching a survey
, but it does tell me that the British habit of weekending away or fishing
is alive and well. 4 were motor
boats and 2 were sailers.
Regular Brits are conservative and frugal by nature. Whilst living a regular land based life, there is also this interest in having a caravan or smaller motor
home or boat to do something different at the weekend. Im glad to see the habit has continued even after an absence of 25 years from these shores.
On the Estate I live, about 3 miles out from the city, there are at least 11 caravans and 8 boats sat in drives. Mostly motorboats but at least 2 sailboats. This does not include any that are in storage
yards further west from here.
I dont think any of the vessels in evidence are over $16K (10K sterling) with the majority being @$8K. I see this as part of the British mndset to be involved in whatever hobby the person has, but not take too much away from the family kitty to deplete it. Sailing, boating
, caravanning, racing
are 'add-ons' rather than the focus, unless of course the focus changed of the individual or family. Thinking back to my youth, the group of friends I had, we owned fishing boats or we had just sold one, or were getting one. None of us teenagers were wealthy, we just worked to support the interest in our lives as an important hobby.
If you live in England
, It would be entirely possible to get a seaworthy craft and on the water sailing for $3K or less. You will find in general, that the craft fit for the local waters are in the area you are looking in. For example here in the Bristol Channel area, you will find stout coastal vessels by the dozen. A lot of Westerlys, Colvics and similar.
This is one Im familiar with. Its been for sale
for two years and has come down in price
from $50K to $33K.
There is a small patch of blisters
on one hull
, which would not take a lot to sort out. A frugal sailor could probably get this vessel for 18K Sterling or $27US, or less. A lot of extras are with this boat. The owner is a nice man and fell into the trap in the early days of over valuing his vessel.
Catalacs can be bought for $27K (20-22K Sterling) or less all day long now. It was only 14 months ago I was looking at one seriously for $48K.
All the vessels mentioned are examples only. Just to show what a person can obtain for their money