Originally Posted by Tolvstad
I am glad to hear someone else has been down this path. Do you live on your boat full time or just when the snow starts blowing around North Dakota? Where are you sailing now?
I purchased a boat with the charter
company Moorings.. so we live on the boat anywhere from 6 weeks to a few weeks at a time. The Moorings says up to 12 weeks of use a year, but it's difficult to make that work, we usually do about 8, maybe 10 weeks, not always on our boat but usually a boat identical to ours, and not always where ours is located. Lot's of places to use Moorings boats. We have upsized and used some larger catamarans a few times. Hey, now if you end up buying
a boat with the Moorings, put us down as a reference
Our boat comes out of charter service
this summer (the end of a 5 year contract) and then the plan is to take full possession of it and use it as our winter home.
Back before we bought in with the Moorings, I drove 10's of 1000's of miles looking at used boats, of all the boats I saw only one met my expectations as far as the shape it was in but it was not the boat I was looking for, all the other boats were junk, poorly cared for, and needed a lot of work. So, even after swearing I would not buy a charter boat or sign in with a charter company, I felt it was the best way to get a boat as new as I would like, and in the shape I would like (not needing any work to bring it up to snuff), and that would meet my budget
. Plus, I was looking for an owners version in the 37-42' range and the Moorings had just the ticket.. a leopard
39. I was leaning towards the smaller cats in that range too to keep mooring
and haul out fees
, paints, and repair costs lower.
It's a little late now.. but if you had time to go sailing, I have owners time that I can't use up this year.. would have sold it real reasonable or taken folks along for a bit of cost sharing. We did just get back before Thanksgiving from a month on the boat, but after coming home last year Dec. 16th my wife has said never again on being gone that close to Christmas
Going with the Moorings has worked out real well for us.. it's not for everyone but sure was good for us, especially coming from a non-sailing, non-cruising background. I'm a bit nervous about taking it out of charter, but it's time to go a bit more full time cruising during the winters.