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What is a good, small boat?

Discussion in 'Boats and Boating' started by Jake, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Jcp2

    Jcp2 Nassau Grouper

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    Cheaper than downhill skiing, more expensive than golf.
     
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

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  3. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

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    That is some journey. I live on the south coast of England, six hours and you would be in the French city of Lyon. Typical boat time here is 20 minutes in a RIB or maybe 30 in a hardboat (20 knots max). My usual dive is 15 minutes each way and an hour bottom time. The longest part of the day is the drive to the marina.
     
  4. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    Just like with diving, boating is different for everyone. It depends on your geographical location, laws in the area, cost and availability of charters, individual situation.

    I shake my head when I hear people repeating the "First happiest day is when you buy a boat and the 2nd happiest day when you sell it" or "the best boat is your friend's"

    If I ever have to sell my boat is because I messed up financially and can't afford it or I'm too old/sick to use it. Both events will be cause for mourning on my part.

    I love my boat, I used it yesterday and the day before and had a blast both days. I couldn't dive yesterday because the seas were too big to make it enjoyable but just the ride out made for a memorable day. We went out the inlet got close tot he dive site and stop a little before getting the suit on. My husband and I looked at each other and realize it was going to be work to deal with the seas, made a U turn and starting a lazy ride back home.

    Owning a boat may be the wrong thing if you buy a crappy boat full of issues, can't maintain it properly, or if you have to keep it on a trailer but ramps are not your thing, or the charters around have great price/schedule/space.

    For me, having our 23' Parker in the canal behind the house is almost as good as winning a big lottery. Once every year or 2 I wish I could have a bigger boat to fit 6 divers instead of a maximum of 4, but that feeling passes real quick. Even when we would welcome a diver or two, the few friends we have are not available as often as we like to dive.
     
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  5. chrisch

    chrisch Solo Diver

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    This is an important consideration. Like you I enjoy boats and see the advantage of having one of your own (just not a small one) but the critical issue is having a group of people you like to dive with that are willing and able to dive with you and share boat duties. 4 people is a good base number and 23 foot is a good size boat.
     
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