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Old 04-02-2007, 11:50 PM
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I've never been without at least one, since birth. First my Dad's boats, then mine. 50 years now.
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:48 AM
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I sold my 32 Blackfin in 2000 and sized down to a 26 regulator. I didn't appreciate the regulator and I missed my Blackfin, in 2002 I sold the Regulator I've been without a boat since. Now I even miss the regulator because I have nothing. If you sell your boat to downsize make sure your new boat will fit your needs. If you sell your boat and you will not immediately by another, you may find your discretionary income gets sucked up elsewhere and unless money isn't a concern you may have alot of reasons why the cost of re-entry into boating is just too expensive. While you're out of fishing the costs of boats and fishing will continue to rise making the return admission price steep. If financially it's a pinch but not a bite and you can do it, I don't think your concerns should be as overwhelming. It will hurt to pay the higher prices when you buy another boat, but you can suck it up and you can put a price on the pleasure it will bring you and your family.
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:05 AM
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If you decide next year you made a mistake, you'll be hard-pressed to find one nearly as nice. I want a bigger boat, a very specific one in fact, but I will NOT sell my trawler until I can get my ducks in a row, if ever, on the big one. I simply would never find one as nice as ours with all the little crapolas that are endemic to the brand fixed.

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:06 AM
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You're doing the right thing either way, because you're making the decision... I've sold two nearly new boats in 1977 & 1995 to get into a house I wanted. Almost every thing we purchase, we are going to sell sooner or later. That's why it is never good to fall in love with these things.

I am a believer in having the best boat for the task. If having a 20' boat you can tow to the CB gets you more of what you want, bite the bullet and let her go. My guess is you have plenty of friends to hitch a ride to the canyon with. All that said, I found it difficult to give up my old Grady, I only did it because I get my fill of offshore fishing on nicer other peoples boats, it rarely got used... Made no sense to have the boat in the water and put 20 hours a year on it (it's last 2 years). I went two years without it, missed it without needing it, just in my mind a offshore boat was not going to be justifiable for me again. Then out of the blue I was offered a piece of a 306 Bimini that I'd already loved for 4 years. It's owned and meticulously cared for by some friends, perfect arrangement, I pulled the trigger on the spot... As Tom Hanks said "Ya never know what the tide will blow in!" Do what feels best, if you have a 2 year old, you're young enough to do another rebuild
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:22 AM
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Leave it on the hard for a year and see how you feel.
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:11 PM
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Sell. If the boat is overwhelming now because of changes in your life, it will probably stay overwhelming.
Get the situation that fits your life. If it means downsizing go for it with courage.

I have a similar situation. Big beautiful Grady. Great to be out on the water on it. But those times are few and not
enough to justify the expense. I got a smaller boat that I trailer and use all the time. No regrets -- well I haven't actually
sold the Grady yet, but I plan to this spring.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:00 PM
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Yes, I sold my 1985 Sea Ray Seville 21 mid-cabin years ago & couldn't live without a boat, so I bought a 1970 Reinell 22 cuddy. It was old, but a really great offshore boat. Next came the Whaler I have now & will never sell it. I learned my lesson.
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:52 PM
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First year without a boat in 10 years. Certainly do not miss paying for it, puts a damper on your fun when you have to shell out 500 dollars for a waterpump or something. I will miss the comraderie at the dock but most of all I have no outlet to fulfill the male hunting instinct. Nothing better than going out in the ocean, figure out and hunt down your prey, bring it home and feed to friends and family, definitely fullfills some sort of male instinct, can't describe it. But boats cost so much, if you don't love it, bail out. You can always come back, marine technology is moving so fast and only getting better, you won't miss a thing.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:55 PM
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Yep, taking a break now. As soon as all the dust settles from Katrina, we will be bigger and better. will be looking at Regulator, Contender and Yellowfin, in that order.
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