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5 Reasons not to buy a boat! – Sailing Q&A 23

5 Reasons not to buy a boat! – Sailing Q&A 23


No this is not clickbait, this is a
genuine discussion on why you shouldn’t buy a boat. And it’s come about through
two recent episodes from friends of ours, one of whom got in touch. He’d read our
e-book which we put together, two e-books recently (if you missed it links below) on
“How to Become a Liveaboard” and “How to Buy a Boat”. And he said they were great,
but he warned us that we’ve got to be careful not to lead people into a false
sense of security, in that buying and owning and living on a boat is
straightforward. He had run into a number of issues himself, and ended up paying a
lot of money with a broken engine. And we’ve just heard recently, two friends of
ours have recently just sold their boat and have quit this live aboard life. It was
really down to the amount of money, time and effort that they were spending on
their boat. And it got me thinking, got us thinking, didn’t it?
Yeah, there’re a lot of people in that situation. Yes, so we need to be realistic about it as well.
So we’re gonna be warning you, aren’t we? So here are the five reasons we’ve put together
for why you shouldn’t buy a boat. So, first reason not to buy a boat… They
go wrong… all the time! Yeah they do, they need constant maintenance. Every day, every
week, every month, every year you will be spending a great deal of your time
working on bits of the boat, won’t you? And although we were warned about this
before we started our sailing career. We had no idea how much time was gonna be
taken up by maintenance and fixing things. And quite a lot of that time eats
into your dream, so just be prepared! You cannot know the amount of maintenance that’s
gonna be up there. Unless you really love tinkering around in a
workshop, be prepared! Yeah well there’s, so many things aren’t there?
I mean, just look at the boat. You’ve got the rigging, you’ve got the
sails, you’ve got the engine, you’ve got the deck. Then there’s everything below.
There’s plumbing, there’s the electrics… All of those things you’ve got to stay
on top of. And you know we’ve said it before, I’m no mechanic. So I’ve had to
learn the hard way how to do basic diesel engine maintenance. You have to do it
because you know there’ll be times when you’re out there, and there is no one
else to fix anything but yourself, so you’ve really got to stay on top of all
those things. Yeah, you have you got to become a mechanic, a plumber
an electrician, You’ve got to be prepared, if you don’t already know about those
things, to learn about them. And we mean really you have to learn about them. So
unless you are very, very rich and can afford someone to always do all your
maintenance and check things for you, and service everything, and do all the
repairs – you’re gonna have to do it yourself. But even if you are very rich
things go wrong out there, they go wrong out at sea. Engine stops, sails break, you
will need to know what to do. You must be prepared to do that. Are you prepared to do that,
are you prepared to take on all these new skills? Boats kill relationships. Yeah, definitely. When you’re living in the small confines of a
boat everything is magnified. So if there are underlying problems in your
relationship, they will come to the fore, believe me,
when you are spending 24/7 with each other. Yeah, and the other thing to remember is when you start this life is you both have to be a
hundred percent committed. It’s no good if one of you is dragging the other into
this life, because those cracks appear pretty quickly, and there are boats all
over the world that were owned by couples who gave it all up. Yeah and we’ve seen many boats for sale, haven’t we, because of this. You know, couples have
split up, and sadly they’ve had to sell the dream. Yeah, there are a lot of solo sailors
out there who weren’t original solo sailors. So think very hard and
clearly about your relationship. Will it withstand 24/7, small space? Any cracks
that are in it now, try and repair them. Boats are never clean. If “cleanliness is next to godliness”,
if that is your motto don’t buy a boat. It’s like living in a
house with the doors… all the doors and all the windows and the roof lights –
everything open 24/7. Because you have dust, and anything that happens to be
hanging around in the air, inside your boat immediately. And not only dirt and
dust, you get unwanted visitors! We have been fighting a battle against
cockroaches ever since we left the Mediterranean. Sometimes I win;
sometimes I lose. You get ants, you get mosquitoes, you get all kinds of things.
And worse than that, you can get rats as well! So be prepared for your lovely clean
home to be invaded at all times, and for it not to be a lovely clean home.
Unless you’re one of these types that loves cleaning all day and all night! And going back to all of those things that you’ve got to be on the boat – in the mechanic,
the engineer, the plumber, the electrician. Whilst you’re doing all that work, your
tools are going to be left everywhere. Liz absolutely hates this,
she gets so wound up by it. Of course she forgets that I’m
doing all the maintenance. Not quite all the maintenance! I do do the plumbing, but I put my stuff
away when I finish. It’s all over the bloody boat all the time, it drives me up the wall. Because you’ve only got this much space to live in.
So yeah it’s gonna be a quite a culture shock when you realize just how
dirty a boat can get. Boats will change the way you look. Yep, you don’t have much space on a boat. And your wardrobe will be compromised,
so you will have to pare down all your fancy clothes to a very small, little space. It was heart-rendering when I had to
reduce my enormous wardrobe in order to move onto this boat. But I had to think
very carefully about functionality over beauty. So out went all the pretty
dresses and the high heels, and I now pretty much wear what you’re seeing,
which is shorts and t-shirts, all the time. So my wardrobe, or my little tiny
locker, is filled with those things. In a cold climate you’re gonna have bigger things, bulkier things. And so you have even
fewer of those because there is so little room on a boat to keep stuff. Don’t forget that when you’re on a boat you are rationing your water. Even if you
have a water-maker pretty much every boat will always be keeping an eye on
how much water you are using throughout the day and the week. So that of course
means that washing clothes can really drain your water resources. But also
washing yourself as well. So I think we’ll be the first to admit we tend to wash…
slightly… not as much as we should do. And that’s because we have to keep an eye on
water. Yeah, cruisers are notorious for being grubby. You wear the same thing for
several days, and you don’t wash for several days, but we get used to it! And finally just one quick word to the ladies out there: forget makeup. Makeup
just falls off in the sun, and when you’re sailing it falls off in the sea
spray. And it’s a pain in the butt. So go natural!
You don’t need make-up anyway darling… And finally… boats eat money. You can plan all you want, budget all you
want, but you never ever have enough money. No, one of the big things that you
have to think about is new parts because things, as we said earlier, go wrong all the time.
And if the thing that goes wrong is an engine that’s ten grand! Straight away!
You’ve got to buy a new engine. Rigging – you have to re-rig every
ten years, if you’re insured they require it. And rigging something like Esper is really expensive. Sails, brand-new sails. Sails blow out. So these are really big expenses,
and unless you’ve got huge savings somewhere, you’ve got to find a
way, and be prepared to pay for these things. Yeah and these things happen when
you least expect it. So forget about a monthly budget. We see a lot of questions
from newbie sailors who say what’s your monthly budget for yachting? Well we
started doing a monthly budget, and it just went out the window. You can
have a monthly budget for your day-to-day expenses, but the big expenses
they really do come and bite you on the bum. Yeah, so what we tend to say is
have a monthly income and work to that income, which is what we try to do. And finally, boats are not an investment. You never make money on boats, you really don’t. When we bought Esper, 12 years ago, we paid slightly less than what she’s insured for now, but in that time we’ve paid the same money again, and more on updates, parts, refitting everything. So she’s insured for probably half
of what we paid for her. They really don’t make money. So those are five genuine, honest reasons as to why not to buy a boat. So if you are in the
market for a buying a boat, I hope these will help you galvanize
your thoughts, because these come from experience. This is from our 12 years, our
own personal observations, and what other people have told us as well. So just take them
on board, they are serious considerations. BUT, having said all that, Liz, why should you buy a boat? Oh, because when you’ve worked through
all the bad times (and there are a lot of them) they absolutely, completely
disappear when you’re having the good times. Thanks for watching this followtheboat extra. If you have a comment please put it below,
we’re very interested to hear from you on this subject. If you have a boat, or you’re thinking of buying a boat, what’s your experience been? And if you liked it, please “like”. And and if you really liked it, please “share”. Peace and fair winds!

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