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Discussion in 'Homesteading and Retirement' started by Micheal, Mar 26, 2017.
What a great boat...please post pics!
Some of us already are "retired homesteaders" and don't have any livestock left. Like me!
We lived in a Tent for a year before moving here, traveled for a year before that.
Boat would be nice but if something goes wrong it can be very different than being on dry land.
I had an Uncle who was a welder and he also built pleasure boats and sold them. He always had one on hand for he and his wife. He often spoke of living on a boat but my Aunt never took him seriously. But then my Uncle died. My Aunt discovered her husband had been building a boat at his shop where she wasn't allowed to go! She also found papers he has signed to sell their house! He was planning for them to live on the boat the reminder of their lives!
When I was growing up in San Diego, a neighbor and long time friend of my folks was building a boat in his back yard. Long as I can remember, he worked as an engineer on the space program and spent time carefully and lovingly crafting this beautiful BIG boat in their backyard, using only cash as he had it. They raised their 4 children, one of whom competed in the Olympics for sailing. He retired, they sold their house to one of their kids, contracted a crane & moving company to get the boat from his yard down to Coronado Bay. Moving this was one of those - wide load, police escort, take down/put back up electric lines, big jobs. They sold their car & bought a small RV. They have lived on the boat in Coronado for at least 30 years. They no longer take the boat on long trips but they do take long RV trips and the boat is home. No debt, slip fees and electric bills are about it. Definitely not homesteader types, but they are happy. To each his own.
The people I know with boats pay more in dock fees than what it would cost to pay property taxes, maintenance, and utilities on a cabin along the lake. Plus the boats cost more to buy than a cabin. And then, this is what kills me, they go to the boat, stay docked the entire time and spend all weekend drinking with all the other people that own boats and don't take them out either. Not for me.
Most definitely NOT the case on the lake where we keep our boat. Its a very nice marina but if we add the slip fees and storage for the rest of the year it's still won't come close to what the cheapest cabin on the lake pays in property taxes alone.
Enjoy spending a few nights, on the boat, on the Columbia River behind Grand Coulee Dam. But the boat is only 20 ft., and the motor home is 41 ft., with four slides. Much more comfortable.
Funny, if'n you sub RV or travel trailer for "boat" in your post - I know them people..... season or year round campers.
Friends have one on Monroe near Bloomington, IN and my brother's is at Dale Hollow in TN. Both at the time they mentioned it were paying close to a $1000.00 per month and that's been years ago so could be well over a 1000 by now. 2 months dock rental would pay the property taxes on our 50 acre place for a year and I'd still have money left over. LOL
Well me too but you're supposed to park and stay in one spot for the duration of your visit in an RV or TT but to me you would own a boat so that you can go BOATING, as in driving it out on the water.