|expensive local boats|
Posted by Ross-O on July 21, 2005 at 12:49:55:|
In Reply to: Re: looking for good catalina boat posted by UB88Poltergeist on July 21, 2005 at 11:11:24:
Yeah, commercial boats are a rip-off at $100 for 4 dives plus food.
Save some money and get your own boat! Let me show you the savings :-)
First Year (assume older used boat in decent condition that can carry 4 divers)
Used boat $16K
Cash outlay 1st year = $28K
Figure about $2K/year for general maintenance stuff
put it in a slip $260/mo
Yeah, those commercial boats are a rip-off ;-)
As a side note, I have zero regrets. The freedom and adventure that one can have with their own boat is worth it to me. Plus, if you figure 6 diving days/month (one weekend off each mo) and ignore the initial purchase price, it's almost as cheap as a commercial boat (gotta somehow justify it in my mind). On the plus side, I can much more easily do the kinky sort of diving that I like from my own boat. On the minus side, I barely have the range to hit Nic & Cortez and I can only sleep 2 (which makes the trip really expensive even when we're splitting gas).
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