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 Posted: Sun Mar 9th, 2008 06:17 pm
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I've given up on buying a lake cabin.  Taking care of one house is a pain in the ass and a second one makes me ill to think about.  Plus, it would stretch me financially, and I like my life the way it is,

A boat on the other hand, solves an issue of fishing (which we all love to do) and we like the lakes they have around here.  I am considering buying  a "Cruiser" (a boat with a small cabin, bathroom, kitchen area) and hoping to keep it under $20K.

Anybody with pros or cons of buying a boat, other than maintenance is pretty expensive?



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 Posted: Sun Mar 9th, 2008 06:43 pm
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Ive had a couple boats and the main problem was that I always bought in the $4k price range used boat.  This was a catch 22 because I could easily afford the boat but you get what you pay for.  I detest even the smallest mechanic work and it seems every time you get the boat on the water, something breaks down and I spent the entire rest of the day doing piddley shit on the mechanics.

Another problem I had was actually finding time to use the boat.  You go an entire season with using the boat several times, theres fuel line problems, battery problems, motor problems, etc etc.  I'd actually prefer to have a shitty little off grid cabin in the woods or on the lake. 

Fuck buying a boat.  Freeload off of friends.



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 Posted: Sun Mar 9th, 2008 11:29 pm
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Portalesman wrote: Ive had a couple boats and the main problem was that I always bought in the $4k price range used boat.  This was a catch 22 because I could easily afford the boat but you get what you pay for.  I detest even the smallest mechanic work and it seems every time you get the boat on the water, something breaks down and I spent the entire rest of the day doing piddley shit on the mechanics.

Another problem I had was actually finding time to use the boat.  You go an entire season with using the boat several times, theres fuel line problems, battery problems, motor problems, etc etc.  I'd actually prefer to have a shitty little off grid cabin in the woods or on the lake. 

Fuck buying a boat.  Freeload off of friends.
I think Ports summed upped everything you ever needed to know about owning a boat. 

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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 01:43 am
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mrwaukegan wrote: Portalesman wrote: Ive had a couple boats and the main problem was that I always bought in the $4k price range used boat.  This was a catch 22 because I could easily afford the boat but you get what you pay for.  I detest even the smallest mechanic work and it seems every time you get the boat on the water, something breaks down and I spent the entire rest of the day doing piddley shit on the mechanics.

Another problem I had was actually finding time to use the boat.  You go an entire season with using the boat several times, theres fuel line problems, battery problems, motor problems, etc etc.  I'd actually prefer to have a shitty little off grid cabin in the woods or on the lake. 

Fuck buying a boat.  Freeload off of friends.
I think Ports summed upped everything you ever needed to know about owning a boat. 

Ports speaks the truth.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 05:21 am
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Portalesman wrote: Ive had a couple boats and the main problem was that I always bought in the $4k price range used boat.  This was a catch 22 because I could easily afford the boat but you get what you pay for.  I detest even the smallest mechanic work and it seems every time you get the boat on the water, something breaks down and I spent the entire rest of the day doing piddley shit on the mechanics.

Another problem I had was actually finding time to use the boat.  You go an entire season with using the boat several times, theres fuel line problems, battery problems, motor problems, etc etc.  I'd actually prefer to have a shitty little off grid cabin in the woods or on the lake. 

Fuck buying a boat.  Freeload off of friends.

I agree. I've owned a nice boat before and it's really not worth it unless you buy it new, with warranty, and use it. Otherwise it is really a waste.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 05:25 am
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Stay away from a boat!  My cousin had one and he always tells me there were 2 "best" days in his life.

The first was the day he bought the boat.  The second was the day he sold it.   The thing was nothing but a nightmare.  I think he paid 30k for it and wound up losing about 10k after all the maintenance costs were factored in.

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I don't know how it works in Georgia, but here in Missouri or Kansas you have to pay personal property tax on not only the boat, but also the trailer. So every year, you own those things, you're paying the gov't for the priviledge of doing so. Fucking ridiculous if you ask me for something you'll probably use intermittently at best.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 05:59 pm
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Principal_Raditch wrote: I don't know how it works in Georgia, but here in Missouri or Kansas you have to pay personal property tax on not only the boat, but also the trailer. So every year, you own those things, you're paying the gov't for the priviledge of doing so. Fucking ridiculous if you ask me for something you'll probably use intermittently at best.


I believe that may apply here as well.  We have "ad valorem" taxes on our cars that we pay every year so I figure it would apply to boats too.

I believe if we do go through with this that we'd use it almost every weekend in the summer for sure.  We only live 40 minutes from Lake Lanier.

Thanks to everyone who replied.  The one thing I have learned is that it pays to have a good boat inspector, and to also spend some time on a boat to see if we even like it.  We'll rent a cruiser one of these upcoming weekends and see if we do like it (or can handle the boat, or more likely, if our kids don't drive us insane in a cramped space).



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 06:30 pm
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Dead serious: where are you gonna sail it in Georgia?



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 07:23 pm
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If you go to http://www.lakehouse.com, and look in Georgia, there are quite a few lakes.  Big ones, with good fishing, mountains and great weather.
Lake Lanier is the closest.  It's southern-most part is in Cumming and that's the next town above Alpharetta, where I live. 

Lake Alatoona, Lake Jackson and Lake Hartwell/Keowee are a bit further but still within 90 minutes.

Lake Burton, Lake Sinclair, or Lake Strom Thurmond are a bit further but also great lakes. 



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HBF wrote: If you go to http://www.lakehouse.com, and look in Georgia, there are quite a few lakes.  Big ones, with good fishing, mountains and great weather.
Lake Lanier is the closest.  It's southern-most part is in Cumming and that's the next town above Alpharetta, where I live. 

Lake Alatoona, Lake Jackson and Lake Hartwell/Keowee are a bit further but still within 90 minutes.

Lake Burton, Lake Sinclair, or Lake Strom Thurmond are a bit further but also great lakes. 

I hope they don't all get tapped to slake Atlanta's thirst.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 10:10 pm
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We've had a really rainy winter, thank god.  But this should serve as a wake-up call to all city planners as to properly manage our resources and to think for the future.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 10th, 2008 10:28 pm
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AVOID buying a boat.

Ports is right.  What I do, and it's less money and less headache, is just rent afucking boat when you get to whatever lake/river/aqueduct body of water you're going to.

Costs a lot but unless you're REALLY gonna use the boat owning one makes no sense.

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