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Old 05-17-2013, 05:24 PM   #85
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Sorry if this is a repost- check out the "boaterhome...."


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start at about 1:20.

Not real practical, but real cool for sure.

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Old 05-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #86
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Sorry if this is a repost- check out the "boaterhome...."


Have You Seen This? It's called a Boaterhome | ksl.com

start at about 1:20.

Not real practical, but real cool for sure.

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You have a absolutely beautiful boat I found out in my younger days the difference between a fast and really fast boat, I was either to stupid or did not care to let off but then again I'm still alive.
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For the past six years we have been fortunate to live the dream of RVing full-time in a fifth wheel and cruising full-time in Mexico in a sailboat. We've lived in each of these moveable homes for about 3 years apiece, switching between the two more-or-less seasonally.

In a nutshell, RVing is all about the destinations and cruising is all about the journey. If you love TRAVEL, an RV is a great way to go. If you love BOATS and the water, then having a boat can't be beat.

The joke among cruisers is that cruising is "fixing your boat in exotic locations" and "cruising is the most expensive way to travel third class." Both statements are true.

I know you don't have full-time RVing or extended cruising in mind, but even with daysailing versus short term RV travels, the theme is going to be the same. For a boat and an RV of the same size, age and comfort level, the boat is going to be more expensive.

Proper maintenance of a boat takes a lot of money and a lot of work. Much of the time spent with your boat will be time spent keeping it up rather than using it to go play.

RVs are much cheaper and they require far less labor and cash to own and operate.

When we RV we don't stay in RV parks or campgrounds. We boondock 100% of the time on beautiful wide open public lands. The views are to die for, the elk and deer wandering past our campsite are awe-inspiring, we usually have no neighbors in site in any direction, and best of all, it's free.

I'd recommend that you get an inexpensive RV - maybe a $10k popup or $13k small trailer - to start with. Go out and take a few vacations. Find out how you like it. Then upgrade to a nicer RV if you want to keep doing it.

The few thousand dollars you might lose in depreciation after using a shiny new small trailer for a year is nothing compared to the fun it will give you to try out the RV lifestyle and discover a new passion in your retirement.
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Had a 36' Chris Craft. Loved it. But, there's far more roads than there are waterways if you are taking inland boating.

A boat in the 30Ft plus range is also far more expensive to maintain in my opinion.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:20 AM   #89
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When we RV we don't stay in RV parks or campgrounds. We boondock 100% of the time on beautiful wide open public lands. The views are to die for, the elk and deer wandering past our campsite are awe-inspiring, we usually have no neighbors in site in any direction, and best of all, it's free.
Thanks Groovy !

Boondocking 100% of the time sounds awesome, but how do you pull that off ?
I thought you need power, water, dump stations, etc.
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RV all the way. A boat is not very good in bad weather. You have limited places to go with a boat.
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Thanks Groovy !

Boondocking 100% of the time sounds awesome, but how do you pull that off ?
I thought you need power, water, dump stations, etc.
So are you still considering a boat. Or have you decided on an RV?
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Alot of good points here so what are you going to buy???
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Thanks for all your input. We are going with the boat !
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Awwww - boat? really? Well, if you ever reconsider --

Boondocking 100% of the time is EASY!! We've put lots of info about boondocking on our website that you might find helpful:

Here's our "How to Boondock" Guide:
Boondocking - A "How To" Guide for Boondocking in an RV

Here's the first page of our tutorial on Solar power:
RV Solar Panel Installation - Understanding RV / Boat Solar Power

Here's a page describing our two solar panel installations on our two trailers:
RV Solar - A Guide to Installing Solar Panels on your RV

Most winter boondockers install a special vent-free propane heater that doesn't drain the batteries:
RV Heater - Installing a Vent-Free Propane Heater on Your RV

This is our budget:
RV Budget - What does it cost to RV full-time? - RVing & Sailing the Roads Less Traveled

Here's where to dump the tanks and refill with water:
Sanidumps.com: RV Dumps, Sani Stations, Dump Points Comprehensive Directory

Give it a try -- you'll love it!!!
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We are going to try out boating this summer and see how it goes.

We still have not ruled out an RV in the near future.

When it's too cold for boating, the southwest and an RV sound pretty good.

Thanks again.
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We are finally retired. We can't decide which between a boat or a class A motorhome.

Have never owned either.

Anyone ever been here and how did you decide ? Are you happy with your choice ?
We have owned both! They are both RV's One is a Recreational Vehicle, The other a Recreational Vessel!
I have to admit that the 4 years we spent traveling in our 50 ft Trawler is an experience that I really miss. We traveled at least 10,000 miles (all under 10mph) over a 4 year period. The trip started in Florida and went as far North as Ottawa, Canada. Most of it was "Not" in salt water and we could see land nearly all of the trip. Boating does not mean that you need to cross Oceans to enjoy the lifestyle!
Because of our boating and our traveling by coach and 5th wheel we have been in every State and every Province in Canada except Labrador. We are now revisiting them again in our Winnebago. It is hard to travel to States like AZ by 50 ft Motor Yacht. It is hard to circumnavigate Lake Michigan, or any of the Great Lakes using our Motorhome. I would not trade either experience for a bicycle!
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Thanks for all your input. We are going with the boat !
We'll see you out out on the water!!
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We'll see you out out on the water!!
If not mistaken - Gotta Get a Lund.
Nice fishing machine.
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