Originally Posted by NYorkerinDetroit
3. Looks like there is a fairly heavy premium on great lakes boats. Would any of you consider a salt water boat and if so and what price point does it make sense? I understand they're cheaper because of maintenance but at what point does it become a deal?
To me.. A salt water boat does not make sense in this area. The major factor is the corrosion factor on the engines, pump, generators. (and expenses to fix / replace them) That is why Fresh Water boats carry a premium. Add to the fact that most fresh water boats are in the water six months at most, the hours are usually lower, thus the wear and tear on the boat as a whole are generally less.
Unless you are buying new. I would not be afraid to look at older (90's) boats in fresh water.
And before I get blasted. Yes I had salt water boats, and boated in Salt Water before.