So you’ve been thinking about getting a boat, but can’t decide if it’s for you. Well, my friend, you have come to the right place.
If you have been following me, you know that I’ve written some comparison articles before. Among others are pros and cons of pontoon boats, deck boat vs. pontoon boat and outboard vs. inboard boat motor.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Boat
Today we are going to discuss the pros and cons of owning a boat. I believe this is a subject that many people are interested in, so why not try to help them out.
So without further ado, let’s go ahead and dive right into this.
Pros of Owning a Boat
I think we should start with positives first. Let us talk about the pros of owning a boat.
Everybody Can Participate
Unlike bikes or cars, boats can carry a lot of people, depending on the boat you have. Especially if you own a pontoon boat where you can fit ten or more people.
Also, there is no age restriction to take part. You do not need any special skills or abilities. If you can climb aboard a boat, you are good to go.
Boating is Relaxing
Relaxing can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. It can mean a quiet time out on the lake without anyone around. Or you find it relaxing around a lot of people.
For some people getting ready to go boating is also relaxing. They like the prep work that goes into it.
Fishing is another excellent way to relax. Some anglers do catch and release; I do catch and grill. To me, grilling on the boat is the best possible way to relax, followed by excellent, fresh food. Just make sure you buy the best boat grill you can.
But, most boaters will use this time to disconnect. They’ll turn off phones, or choose not to answer them, and likely relax and enjoy the serene environment.
Regardless of your preference or whatever type of relaxation you seek, you can find it if you own a boat.
Bikinis or Shorts (good bods)
Now you may look at this and will try to make a judgment about me right away, but hear me out.
It is one of the things that makes this one of the best hobbies. Bikinis are the favorite of many boaters; there are no questions about it. They might be afraid to admit it, but you know it’s true.
I mean, somebody let me know other motorsports or hobbies where it is normal for women to walk around dressed in bikinis. Or shirtless guy for that matter, depending on your preference.
It is liberating when you think about it, for all, to be able to walk around half-dressed the entire time we’re out there spending hours together.
God bless boating.
No matter which watersport you pick, you are guaranteed to have fun. And not only that. You are guaranteed to step away from your daily responsibilities and have some real fun. You might even have some much-needed exercise.
And if you want to enjoy it more, invite your boss over. Watch him lose his balance while zup boarding at high speed. That will make your day even better. Not only that, but he will also take some hard hits and will thank you for it at the end of the day.
The next part of ownership that’s incredible is adventure boating. If you don’t know what adventure boating is, it’s going to a place that you have never been before with your boat.
How is that different from driving you might ask. I can describe it in one word, scenery. I don’t know any road in the world that is more beautiful than a clear open body of water that leads to an incredible beach or reef.
Memories Only Boats Can Create
We continue this great list with something that you will carry with you until your last breath.
We can all agree that memories created on the boat with your family and friends can not be beaten by anything else.
And you are not only creating memories for yourself; you are creating them for your entire family. Your wife and parents will have a wonderful time; your kids will have an incredible childhood. There are absolutely no negative memories associated with boating.
I only see one small problem with this. If you get your kids used to these fabulous trips and vacations, they will have a hard time exceeding their expectations when they grow up.
Teaching Kids Responsibilities
This can be something as simple as letting them get the lines ready, letting them pull the fenders out, and getting them set up. These little things will get them more involved in the whole boating lifestyle. It will make them enjoy the boating lifestyle a little bit more.
Time in the Sun
I’m no doctor, but there has been plenty of articles about some of the health benefits of exposure to sunlight. Some of the advantages are elevated serotonin levels. Higher levels of serotonin lead to a better mood, and who doesn’t want to be in a better mood?
Of course, do not go overboard with Sun exposure and use plenty of sunscreens to repel harmful Sun rays.
Meeting New Boaters
When you are boating, it’s pretty easy to meet new people, whether it be at the marina or the sandbar. One of the best parts of meeting new people this way, you guys already have something in common.
I have met some of the most incredible people through boating. I’ve met a group of friends that we go on a boating vacation every year. We rent a larger boat and head down to the Bahamas.
We would never have met these people if it wasn’t from boating because we live in different parts of the country. We come from different lifestyles and different paths of life. It would be a shame that we would have never met without boating.
Meeting new people is definitely my favorite part of boating.
New Places to Discover With Your Boat
Earth is full of beautiful places, but the best way to see those places is from the boat. Well, not all, but a majority, in my opinion.
You’ll be shocked by the kinds of things you will find while boating. With just a little research and only a slight sense of adventure, boating will open a whole new world of sights and experiences. You will discover places you never knew existed, and they will forever become a part of your life.
I challenge any of you who have never done or tried to plan a boating trip to see something new or experience something different. Go out there and try it once I promise you it will change your life.
Leave a Boating Legacy
What will others remember you for when you are gone? Are they going to remember you for your 9-5 finance job, or your double shifts on weekends? Or maybe your kids will remember one of two trips to Disney World?
How about the title of the captain? Now that’s what I’m talking about.
I’ll admit I never thought about this until a friend of mine mentioned it, but it makes perfect sense. Your kids, your grandkids, all your friends, they will all remember the captain. You will forever be known by so many whose memories you have helped create.
Cons of Owning a Boat
So now that we have seen all the good things about boat ownership, let’s turn to those less desirable benefits.
Cleaning the Boat
Boats live on the water. You will have marine growth, and moisture will cause mildew. All these problems are going to need constant maintenance to keep under control.
Even if you don’t keep your boat on the water, expect at least one full day of cleaning at the beginning of the season. Also, plan one full day at the end of the season. Add another 20 minutes after every trip to maintain a clean base on your boat.
For that reason, most boaters believe that cleaning the boat deserves to be #1 on the list of the least favorite parts of boat ownership. For the most part, I agree.
But I would like to update that statement by adding “after the trip is over.”.
I don’t mind cleaning my boat; in fact, I kind of like it. What I don’t like is cleaning the boat after the long day on the water. It’s the worst thing trying to clean while sunburned and exhausted.
Something is Almost Always Broken
I don’t care if you buy the biggest mega yacht, or a 15-year-old runabout, there’s always going to be something wrong on the boat.
It could be a loose handrail. It could be some bolts that are coming off. It could be lines and hoses that keep wanting to come disconnected. There is always something.
You’re always going to be working on something on your boat. I don’t care who you are; fixing stuff gets old after a little while.
Docking the Boat
I don’t hate docking because it can be difficult. I hate it because of all the people who don’t know what they are doing crowding the docks.
Have you ever seen someone trying to dock a boat by themselves? It’s a painful sight to look at. You can’t be in two locations at the same time, especially if you inexperienced boater.
If you are a new boat owner, please ask for help or bring someone with you who knows what they are doing.
The Cost of Boat Ownership
The first thing that comes to people’s minds about owning the boat is the cost of ownership. And you can’t argue with that; boats are expensive to own.
This is one of my least favorite parts of boat ownership too, but I see it differently than other people.
Some people indeed live on their boats, but for most of us, it’s a hobby. And hobbies cost money.
Any hobby you do is going to cost money. Whether it be collecting stamps, riding motorcycles, cars, skiing. Even if you are young and your hobby is chasing girls or guys, it’s going to have a cost attached to it.
The way I see it if your hobby is too expensive for you, it’s time to find another hobby. Or at least buy a cheaper boat. No one said you have to own 100k boat if you can only afford 20k. The more affordable boat is better because you can add all kinds of accessories to it and make it your own.
Boating is Seasonal
Even though you Florida guys will laugh at us, for most of us, boating is seasonal. We have only a few months during the year to enjoy our boats.
Sure, no one will stop you from going out on the water during the winter months. But it is not as enjoyable as during the summer. Something about thick winter jackets and boats does not sound right.
Waiting for the Weekend
Well, it always feels like you’re waiting for the weekend. You will start your planning on Monday, figuring out who’s going to go out with you.
Then you start trying to figure out which lake or which sandbar you are going to go to. You don’t want to go to the same place you went to last weekend.
Once you know those details, you have to think of the food you are going to bring with you. Figure out the time when you can do the shopping, who is going to bring what.
So by the time the weekend comes, you have all the items on the checklist, you wake up on Saturday, and it’s raining. You wasted all that time researching and making plans to stay at home at the end. It’s a bad deal.
Feeling Obligated to Use the Boat
I have to admit that of all the things listed here, this hurt me the most. That’s right. You’ve bought the boat, and you feel like you need to be out there all the time.
One day your friends will come to you and ask you to see a concert with them. You will have to reject them. After all, you promised your mom to take her out on the water this year, and this weekend is the right time.
All of a sudden, your Saturdays and Sundays are going to be wholly occupied with getting out with the family. Hanging out on the boat versus doing things like going to Home Depot or fixing those broken cabinets is your new reality.
I think we can all agree that there are way more advantages than disadvantages to owning a boat. Pros outnumber the cons by almost a double margin, and that’s not a surprise.
If you have spent any time on the boat, you know how awesome it is. Just imagine if that boat were yours, you would have way more fun.
So if you have any doubts about buying a boat, don’t. Boats are fantastic, and you will create some incredible memories of them. Just make sure you buy a boat that you can afford so you can enjoy it and not worry about paying for it.
I hope you have enjoyed my arguments for pros and cons of owning a boat. If I have missed something or you disagree with me please let me know.