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Old 05-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #15
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Geat ideas . . . keep em comin.



Where bouts do you stay at Lake Erie ?
For years we "moteled" at Mar Lu's at Marblehead and launched from Mazurik and Catawba Island. (And, ate at the Boppers). DH did the charters, too.

But, increasingly less return on investment led DH to explore off Ashtabula last year. We leave tomorrow for 15 days at Geneva State Park in our year old TT - birthday was today!. It is also an hour closer to home.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:03 PM   #16
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The first time we visited this question we did not find the cruiser that made our hearts go pitter patter so we turned to RV trailers. Found one, liked it well enough but it was definitely an entry level, go outside to change your mind.
We later found THE cruiser and have loved it sold the trailer and now have reentered the trailering world with the intent of determining if we want to live out our days where we are now living.
The big differences between the two:
1. RV trailering 60 mph @10 mpg on any part of the world connected by highways.
2. Cruiser cruising at 10 mph @ 1 mpg where there are navigable rivers and channels.
3. At anchor with an rv you get out and walk, in a cruiser you may be restrained to the boat.
4. Don't even think of passing fuel if you are 3/8 tank or less if on the boat.
5. If you don't want neighbors when on a cruiser, anchor with that in mind.

There is more but you get the idea, both groups are generally people that readily provide a hand, and remember those that bite that hand and pass that info along.
Like the song said, people on the river are happy to give.
Have fun with your decision, you get to look at two different types of toys. That alone could occupy a year or two.
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Had both (38 Sail) (38 MH). Motorhome hands down winner.....no Coacnet 300 miles off -shore!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #18
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I had both....

36' motor yacht.....20k a year habit.....
36' motor home.......5k a year habit.....

Both meet my craving of adventure....
20K a year for a 36 footer ? Really ? I was thinking $2k a year for gas and 5k a year for a nice slip.
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For years we "moteled" at Mar Lu's at Marblehead and launched from Mazurik and Catawba Island. (And, ate at the Boppers). DH did the charters, too.

But, increasingly less return on investment led DH to explore off Ashtabula last year. We leave tomorrow for 15 days at Geneva State Park in our year old TT - birthday was today!. It is also an hour closer to home.

You?
We've never had a boat or RV. Visited Lake Erie around Buffalo tho.
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20K a year for a 36 footer ? Really ? I was thinking $2k a year for gas and 5k a year for a nice slip.
50 hours is a semi normal engine use per year with 100 not unusual if you are traveling very much. Assuming a minimum of 50 cents per gallon over road fuel costs this would be upwards of 500 to 1000 gallon per year, easily $2k to unlimited. Slip pricing is area dependent but for a year around location your 5k is probably minimum, popular locations may be very much higher.
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20K a year for a 36 footer ? Really ? I was thinking $2k a year for gas and 5k a year for a nice slip.
Obviously you never owned one....

Here in NY summer slips run about 6k......winter storage, shrink wrap, and normal maintenance is another 4k (no your not parking a 36' MY in your driveway)

Insurance is 3k....

We are at 13k and we haven't added fuel....

50 gals per hr to move this mass.....that's $200 per hr....

50 hrs in fuel = 10k.....

Like I said..... I did both..... My MY cost me 4 times the cost of my MH....
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:49 PM   #22
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20K a year for a 36 footer ? Really ? I was thinking $2k a year for gas and 5k a year for a nice slip.



that's pretty funny! lets see, $4.50 per mi. that's at 1mpg on a good day and the $4.50 is for gas not diesel at a marina on a good day. that's about 444 miles per yr. sure didn't go far on that $2k. not being smart just reality! lol. jim
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Shoreco's got it right.

We've done both and had great times on land and on water. From a lifestyle point of view I can't tell you which has been more fun.

But from a financial point of view...
STAY ON LAND!

Good Luck and Have Fun
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Have both, but get reasonable examples of each.

After owning and using both of a range of sizes I ultimately decided to get

A moderately sized RV,

A moderately sized boat.

As big as can fit in your driveway and as big a boat as I can practically handle on my own (about 30Ft) I also own a smaller 21FT hot rod lake boat for smaller lakes and rivers.

This way I can go back and forth between the two- or use both on the same trip.

Any longer of a towing combo and Im illegal in many states (65ft)

When toys get too big they start to manage you vs the opposite.

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Sailboats are nowhere near as expensive as motor to operate since wind is free!

1) Moorage is also not such a big deal if you liveaboard ( at the dock with power about the same as an RV - CG and on-the-hook the same "free" as boondocking

2) Annual maintenance ...haul-out and defoul & paint for a SB about the same as a DP.

3) Repairs usually way more expensive for a Sailboat as marine grade stuff is $$$$$

4) Sailing will take you way further ...hard to drive to Europe or Hawaii... on the other hand, hard to sail to the Grand Canyon

5) Sailing is a way bigger adventure and way scarier! However, with big risk comes big rewards and personal satisfaction. 40mph crosswinds outside the Coachilla Valley in a MH is child's play compared to 40 knot winds off the Swiftsure Bank.
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Had several boats, a boat house, dock space and yacht club membership. Now have a MH and haven't missed the yacht life at all!
Not much to see on a river even one like the Columbia. Lots more land area to see.
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4) Sailing will take you way further ...hard to drive to Europe or Hawaii
Great stuff Jack ! However, having never owned a boat, sailing across the ocean would be a wee bit beyond my comfort level.
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Always heard the happiest two times in a boat owners life are the day he buys it and the day he sells it. For me, RV hands down.
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