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Old 10-26-2014, 06:06 AM
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Here's the situation:

I'm 55 years old, kids are 27 and 24. Married 30 years. Boated most of that time. Now kids work, wife has no real interest in boat. I have a Sailfish 2660wa. I'm getting a little tired of routine maintence, waxing, repairs, costs, time commitment , all that is part of boating. Make no mistake, the boat is sweet. Everything is in great shape, motors are perfect, boats looks great and has tons of options. Boat is kept in a marina. Just getting tired.
I own a contracting business, 3 homes so too much stuff. Not a financial issue everything is paid for.
Question is, who here sold a similar sized boat and either bought a 20' cc or skiff on a trailer OR just went boatless and fished with friends,
surfcast or chartered? Did anyone regret it or think it was long overdue.
Sorry for the long post, just need some insight from those who did it. I‘ve owned a boat since I was 13.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:11 AM
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Gee, if boating is more work than fun.......stop boating.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:11 AM
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When it is no longer fun and you really don't look forward to it any longer, its time to move on. JMO
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:12 AM
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I hear Whiffle ball is making a comeback.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:17 AM
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Wisdom has been attained when one's next boat is smaller than the last...

Get a little skiff with a modest sized motor. Dang near zero maintenance.

I've got a 12' jonboat with 8hp two stroke. It stays in the water and runs way more trips than my 38. Fun!!
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
When it is no longer fun and you really don't look forward to it any longer, its time to move on. JMO
Agree. Why not try stepping away for a while? You're not over the hill you can go back, maybe smaller, if you miss it.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:18 AM
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When it is no longer fun and you really don't look forward to it any longer, its time to move on. JMO
This. Maybe before you outright sell the boat just take a year off from boating. That way if you come back a season later and that urge is back again you won't have to worry about finding another sweet boat in perfect condition.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:19 AM
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Sell it. Use the money that you'd spend on it each year plus it's depreciation figure to take an epic fishing trip, or trips, to exotic destinations. I highly recommend Panama. Leave wife home.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:22 AM
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Life changes, interests change. Tough decision. I got a few similar decisions I'm in the process of making myself. If your not in a rush to make a decision, then take your time. You'll figure it out.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:25 AM
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When my life situation dictated it I sold my 21' walkaround I slipped for years. My initial plan was to go boatless, the costs to slip it were high and it sat in its slip for half the year due to the things in my life.

I couldn't get past the first spring without a boat so I planned on buying a smaller aluminum center console to trailer, couldn't find one but found a ton of older Whaler Montauks, bought one of those.

A few years later my life situation changed again, I found another boat to slip again and have had it since.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:26 AM
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Been there done that.
Had the 31 Fountain, tricked out, no way to enjoy a boat any more than what I had fun building the thing, got back into racing went big this time enjoy it more.
75 miles to the coast made for late night, well into the morning clean ups, sold the Fountain, went back to bass boats where I can play right around the house, now have a pontoon added to the stable boat lift going in on the dock in the next few weeks. Reeled everything in closer to home where I had more time to enjoy it, and less headache keeping it up.

Pontoons going on the lift, bass boats for when ever i'm now chasing the need for speed but you pull it in the trailer strap it down and ride. She's done till the next race.

Your not the first ... What is nice you had the chance in life to try it.
You can never own a boat as cheap as you can afford a charter.

Take 250 thousand dollars, about the cost of a really nice boat tackle, electronics, truck to pul it, tags so you don't get a ticket, ect, think about the interest you can make off it at 7 percent. if you had of left it in the bank. 17500....
At 350 dollars a charter tipping the mate You can enjoy 50 offshore fishing trips a year for what you paid for a really nice boat and never touch the principal. ..

Even if someone else does the work , pays for the fuel, do you really want to go offshore fishing 50 times a year. LOL


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Old 10-26-2014, 06:28 AM
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Agree. Why not try stepping away for a while? You're not over the hill you can go back, maybe smaller, if you miss it.
Agreed!
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:46 AM
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Get a cheaper crappier boat. Seriously.

I would rather have a used boat vs a new boat at this stage in my life. My logic is that I don't have to worry about a scratch or if it is a little dirt. It is a tool. Don't get me wrong I still take care of my stuff but time is my most precious asset with two small children and spending time taking care of materialistic stuff is not in the cards right now.

The ideal boat for me now would be a used 26 ft panga with a new 150hp OB under warranty. One engine to take care of and a strong hull that would never see wax. I want a work boat so I can enjoy other things in life. I don't care how the hull looks. I can't see it while I am driving the boat.
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:59 AM
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Well to me, if you have put the question out there, you have reluctance to leave boating. Try scaling down, what do you have to loose but a little cash? We are doing fine with a 186 KW CC, we scaled back and it only really costs us a few days each season. Just sometimes the wind/waves are too much for a nice ride but that is it. I can clean it in 25 minutes, hell I can wax it (with the buffer) in 2 hours inside and out. Try it!
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Pay someone to maintain the boat. You seem to want to boat but don't want the maintenace.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jwb View Post
Here's the situation:

I'm 55 years old, kids are 27 and 24. Married 30 years. Boated most of that time. Now kids work, wife has no real interest in boat. I have a Sailfish 2660wa. I'm getting a little tired of routine maintence, waxing, repairs, costs, time commitment , all that is part of boating. Make no mistake, the boat is sweet. Everything is in great shape, motors are perfect, boats looks great and has tons of options. Boat is kept in a marina. Just getting tired.
I own a contracting business, 3 homes so too much stuff. Not a financial issue everything is paid for.
Question is, who here sold a similar sized boat and either bought a 20' cc or skiff on a trailer OR just went boatless and fished with friends,
surfcast or chartered? Did anyone regret it or think it was long overdue.
Sorry for the long post, just need some insight from those who did it. I‘ve owned a boat since I was 13.
Great post. I hauled my Parker 25 yesterday (also in CT) now faced with a lot of engine work and at least a day of covering. I am a couple of years younger then you and put over a 100 hours on the engine this year, so I am using the boat but I am always the driving force in all use, do all the work and pay all the bills. Love my boat and in July hard to imagine not having it, but this time of year there, is a lot of burden to ownership and "selling" has a lot of appeal.

Sometimes I wish that I could just not care , as in pull the boat , do minimal engine work and just let the boat sit out all Winter uncovered. In the Spring, slap on some bottom paint and launch. Unfortunately I am not wired like that, but it would certainly alleviate MUCH of the burden of ownership. I could afford to have everything on the boat done but being the control freak that I am feel compelled to "do it myself".

Can't offer any advise but I enjoyed reading your post and wanted to let you know, you are not alone. I have a few more kids, some the ages of yours and married about the same time with my boating experience dating back to age 9.
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It might take some work, but I would seriously think about just leaving the boat in storage next year.
I am somewhat younger than you, but I can commiserate.
I have owned boats since age 14 - 45 years; and a few years back I had a 13', 23', 32' & 43' all at the same time. Sold the 43' and don't miss it at all. The 23' has been ashore since Sandy, and I haven't really missed it either - but I won't sell it because I have a 42 year history with it. The 13' is used mostly by my kids, all of whom will be out of college in 6 years. The 32' is my main boat and it fits my needs pretty well, but it is a lot of work and the work-joy factor has gotten to about even - in a few years, I could see myself with only 23'. I can't see myself boatless as long as I live on the water - if I kept the boat at a marina, I might be boatless already.
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I keep the 16' tin can for the "it owes me nothing" and it's easy to maintain aspect. For that I love it!

Quick on the trailer, $20 in gas to fish all day long. I draw 1' so I don't worry about running aground.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:24 AM
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You want an honest answer?

It's time for a new bigger boat.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:27 AM
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Great post and comments. As we all know there is nothing like being "on the water." Have 3 boats...pontoon, 17' Whaler (which I will never sell) and a 26' Sailfish. Use the Whaler the most and pontoon when family is together. Thought I would use the Sailfish more this year but the off-shore conditions have been terrible. Going to give it one more summer with the Sailfish and then will decide what to do. Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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