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Reduce yearly boating costs or go smaller

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Reduce yearly boating costs or go smaller

Postby Seif911 » June 28th, 2013, 8:52 am

Good Morning All,

I have a little dilemma on my hands. This was my 1st big boat (33' Mariner) and really my test year. I love the boat but not everybody in my family does. Also it was a little stressful when all 11 of us sleep on it, go figure. So it is not working out as great as I planned. I would keep the boat but at ~$4000 per year, I just can't justify it.

So I am left with a decision to sell it and go back to my 24', sell it and buy a 26' boat with a trailer, trade the boat for a 26' with a trailer or find a way to reduce the costs. I actually like the idea of trading the boat for a 26'.

What do you all think? You know of anybody that has a 26' for trade? Any idea on how to reduce the costs?

My estimated yearly costs:
$2000 for the marina slip
(I can't exactly remember these cost but I know I'm close)
$1000 for the winter storage
$595 for the shrink wrap
$400 for winterizing

If I go with a 26', the costs are:
$1000 for the marina slip (I think for the smaller slip with no cable)
That's it because with a trailer I can set it in my driveway. I can also do the winterizing and cover it wi tarps. This is a great yearly cost.

I love the marina. It has cameras, it has security, and I can leave all of my equipment and electronics on the boat. It is sooo nice to drive down, jump on the boat and go fishing.

Any thoughts? I threw it on Craigslist to probe the market a little. I am not trying too hard to sell it right now, but would live a trade for maybe a Carver Santa Cruz or a Sea Ray Sundancer.
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Steve

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Re: Yearly boating costs or go smaller

Postby Seif911 » June 28th, 2013, 8:58 am

Oh ya...
So if I get the Carver to my driveway, it will cost me $430 each way. Plus I would need some jacks, maybe another $300. So that will take me down to maybe $3000, but I would also have to take the windshield off and drop the radar tower, definitely not fun.

I would think there are places on the Sheboygan river to have a slip but not so sure I will get the same level of security, but could probably save $1000. Maybe I'll make some calls today.

Storage...it would almost have to be on the river to save me from pulling the windshield and radar off. I will dig around for that too before I sell.

Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Steve
Thanks,
Steve

22' Godfrey Hurricane Fun Deck, Fiberglass hull, 175 HP, Deck boat
24' Chrysler Cruiseliner III (Lonestar), 120 HP, Aluminum Hull, Cabin, 1968
33' Carver Mariner, fiberglass hull, 520 HP, Yacht, 1977
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Re: Yearly boating costs or go smaller

Postby Seif911 » June 28th, 2013, 10:11 am

Hmmm...I may have answered my own question. So I took Fred's advice and made some phone calls. If I go up river, I can get my slip for $900, winter storage for $300, and the transportation to and from for $500. The total of that is less than just the price of my marina slip at the harbor! Nice! I will have to do my own tarping and winter storage but I can do that. Maybe I'll just keep it now.
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Steve

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24' Chrysler Cruiseliner III (Lonestar), 120 HP, Aluminum Hull, Cabin, 1968
33' Carver Mariner, fiberglass hull, 520 HP, Yacht, 1977
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Re: Reduce yearly boating costs or go smaller

Postby waybomb » June 28th, 2013, 6:17 pm

Ah, grasshopper, you are learning.
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