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Old 05-15-2013, 07:44 AM   #43
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They are two different entities. Both have their following. Some of us, follow both! Personally, I spend far more time on the water then in the RV. It's not that I don't want to spend more time in the RV but sometimes it doesn't quite work out.

If I could just overcome the one addiction, then I could spend more time on the other.

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:51 AM   #44
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I miss my 34 ft chris craft sometimes I like my toy hauler better.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #45
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Great comments and food for thought.

Our interest in a boating has always been in the context of casual boating rather than full-time live-aboards. Our boating experience has been limited to weekend outings with friends who own boats. While working we always planned to buy a boat when we retired and relocate to Florida where boating could be enjoyed year round. Ironically, we live in Missouri and hate the hot and humid summers here. Duh, it finally dawned on us that Florida summers would be worse than Missouri.
That's when we thought, why not look into getting an RV. That way we could travel and see the big national parks out west and find a good boating location.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #46
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We sold our 46 ft powercat a couple of years ago and down sized to a 30ft cat ( day boat).
We live in a canal estate and the boat lives on a pontoon in front of the house.
About the same time we bought our first coach and have recently upgraded to a larger ( read more expensive) coach.
I was a dinghy sailer from age 10 to 25 and sailed some big yachts over the years.
I got my drivers licence when I was 16 and I've driven some big trucks over the years.
My advice
Go sailing with someone else on someone else's boat.
Must be a yacht club somewhere near - go tell them what you are thinking. Spend an odd day out on the water.
Make sure you pick an occasional crappy day.
Most yacht clubs run midweek races and yachties are happy to take others.
Go hire a small RV and go to a national park for a weekend or so. Go sleep in a campground with full hookup.
So far you've only spent a few bucks.
I know a guy who retired with plans to circumnavigate Australia. He got caught in a big blow and went for shelter in Pancake Creek.
Google it, it's idillic - lots of fishing, crabbing, good shelter. It's in Queensland Australia.
After a week it was still howling. His wife called for a helicopter and that was the end of his dream.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #47
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Had a 65' houseboat for three years.
Wonderful life...but super expensive.
Especially moorage, almost 6
$6000a year for a slip on Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky/Tennessee.
Lived full time in MH for almost 4 years, a lot less expensive, and nearly as much fun!
Still have an 18' pontoon, leave it at the lake, and now stay in the State Park Campground. Best of both worlds, lot less money!
Have FUN!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:45 AM   #48
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I appreciate that this doesn't apply to the OP, but it is fun to mention that boats are toys for really BIG Boys, while RV's are for Kids. A fully tricked-out Newell with a fancy toad might run you around $2 mil. Well size doesn't matter on the water and if you've got the dough.... $2mil is probably the annual operating cost for some of the big- stuff floating around Florida! We used to anchor our 38' sailboat next to some stuff that had 40' fishing tenders!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #49
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I would suggest you don't buy either a boat or an RV. Take a world cruise and get served on hand and foot for the next 10 years. It will probably cost less too!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:28 AM   #50
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We use the RV as the mother ship and the boat is the explorer craft

Boats big enough to live aboard are almost always too big to tow - locking you into a single location and moorage fees.

Boats big enough to stay on for a few days with enough speed and range to get you away from it all are what we have standardized on.

Rv/ Tow to a big lake like Powell, and you can carry enough fuel and stuff onboard to "glamp" either with huge multiroom tents using portable AC units and a honda 2K - or "rough it" in the little cabin a night or two. We can stay on a big lake for about a week at a time in relative comfort and completely away from anyone at all.

We've gone all over the US and Canada this way enjoying the best of both worlds, but it requires compromise on both sides of the vehicles to pull off- but if you do it well its very rewarding.

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Old 05-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #51
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Got both, 62' total end to end. Spending a week on the lake with both is the best.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:27 PM   #52
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We have gone the other direction, a teardrop trailer and canoe. There are many places a canoe can take you that you can not get to otherwise.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #53
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We have gone the other direction, a teardrop trailer and canoe. There are many places a canoe can take you that you can not get to otherwise.

Teardrop behind your Motorhome? - or a truck?

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #54
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Not certain, but I think part of the dilemma with the RV is that the idea was mentioned to us from a friend who has never owned an RV. By that I mean our initial impression of RV life was that of striking out on the open road and experiencing the wide open frontiers out west.

After investigating a little, it sounds more like traveling from one crammed RV park to another and living in close proximity to other people, their kids, their pets and their noise. We already live in a sub-division with zero lot lines and all the nuisances that come along with that. Don't get me wrong, we are not anti-social; we love people. But we also love peace and quiet. If RV life means living in a crowded campground, it makes me wonder what is the attraction ?
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #55
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Having owned several boats, the in-laws had several different RVs from pop-ups to Class A and now we have an RV, I have to say that
Wayne M was exactly right in his assessment.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #56
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Whenever you travel - you must stay somewhere. Would you travel to China and stay at your hotel or venture out to the Great Wall?

Not all CGs are as you described - but unless the CG is your destination - and some are that nice - you will go - see - do - in the toad. Or you can go into the desert or some wilderness areas and be totally alone.

For us - the journey is the destination. If you think about your question a little - the answer will come to you. If it doesn't - get a boat - or take trains, planes and automobiles and sleep in someone else's bed every night. Then rethink the question. You will make the right decision for you. What we say works for us. YMMV.

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