Can't Live Without It

There is an old silly but true saying that says “The two happiest days in a boat owners life are the day he buys his boat, and the day he sells his boat”. While anyone who has owned a boat chuckles, in my 25 years as a boat owner I’ve never met another boat owner who disagrees with this.

In my case, I live in one of the two driest states in the US, surrounded by thousands of miles of desert and some of the bleakest water starved land in North America, but I have to have my boat, and every year, a significant portion of my time, money, and planning goes into setting up for the annual trips to the lake.

While I have the good fortune of having my boat paid for, it is due to the fact that the boat is over 20 years old. While it is well maintained, it doesn’t negate the fact that a 20+ year old boat has lots of things that go wrong, or need fixing, all the time. It is a rare treat when we have a trip to the lake that doesn’t involve something broken, something worn out, something damaged, or some other unforeseen problem that ends up taking time, effort, and money to address.

When you look backwards, if anyone was foolish to keep track of the time, effort, and money involved in having a recreational boat, there is absolutely no economic or otherwise justification for it. Any boat owner would be thousands of dollars ahead to never have bought the boat in the first place. Yes, it’s a lot of fun, and yes, its beautiful, but economically, it just can’t be justified.

However, thankfully, everything isn’t solely about money. While money is a huge motivation, there are certain other things that are more important, and more valuable than money. Given the fact that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, I offer below, my reason and motivation for why I continue to pour thousands of dollars per year into my boat, and going to the lake.



I can’t say why others do what they do, but I suspect some variation of or related issue are a part of why most boat owners, own boats.

When you have this, why would you even think of getting rid of a boat?
TheWiseOldFool TheWiseOldFool
56-60, M
3 Responses May 24, 2012

I've had many boats so absolutely, I can't live without it, and usually feel I can't live with it! That is until i get back on the water. We boaters just have assume the high maintenance cost, especially salt water use, is part of the fun. And boy, I seem to always have lots of fun, lol.

I have never owned a boat in my life but found your rationalization a well thought out and wonderful read! Then seeing the photo...say no more!<br />
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In another vain of a costly habit, I spent countless thousands on motorcycles over the years that where I dwell couldn't be ridden 4, 5 months out of the year.required incessant grooming and upkeep...and I don't even a photo as you do to show for my frivolous waste of time, nor money?<br />
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Thanks again! Great read!<br />
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Gene Mac

Speaking of Motorcycles, see my just posted story on National Braless Day!! Thanks - TWOF

I don't have that. Whenever the weather is good enough for boating, my wife wants to grub in the dirt in her garden. I owned a succession of small sailboats, which I generally sailed single-handed, sometimes nude, usually not. I finally sold the last boat when I realized that the boat owned me more than I owned the boat. For as often as I have time to sail, it's far cheaper to pay a few hundred dollars a day to rent a boat than to own one. So, yes, I have experienced both of the happiest days in a boat owner's life, and I'm glad I did.