Jump to content
  • Welcome to Recreational Flying!
    A compelling community experience for all aviators
    Intuitive, Social, Engaging...Registration is FREE.
    Register Log in
old man emu

I'm leaving aviation and buying a boat

Recommended Posts

Regulation this; Regulation that; Approval for this; Restriction on that. Landing Fees; parking fees. ASIC cards; permit to jump through hoops.

 

Stuff it. I'm giving up on aviation and buying myself a boat like this one:

1561860928167.thumb.png.97eab79a9754fc2ae8484c98f4e74479.png

 

It'll only cost me $57and a half K. Nobody will call me "rich an extravagant" because I own a boat, like they would if I owned a plane.

 

I don't have to go through an expensive training regimen to be able to drive it. I've just got to sit a "road rules" test. I don't have to be fastidious in maintaining it. In fact, I don't have to maintain it at all, but can still keep using it. I don't have to set up something akin to the National Archive to keep all the records of maintenance and mods. I don't need an Engineering Order to install any equipment. I don't have to pay landing fees, and can park it at home. I can go anywhere on water that the boat can float in. Why, there's nothing legally stopping me from using it to sail around the World; up and down the Nile or Amazon, or tour the rivers of Europe. I can use it night and day, in good weather or foul.

 

I won't have to undergo regular medicals and risk my licence being suspended because my BMI is above some arbitrary magic number, or my eyes grow dim.

 

I can't fly, but I'm telling you

I can sail my boat where I want to

  • Like 6
  • Haha 1
  • Winner 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

This is the same path my grandfather JB Newbery took. In return, melanoma took him.

 

He never gave up his enthusiasm for aviation but after two knee replacements he much preferred to be under the flight path than on it.

 

Wear sunscreen!

Edited by Guest

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep...I inadvertently wandered into the sailboat section of TradeMe (NZ's eBay) a few days back, and found myself kinda wistful about all the beautiful boats i'll never own....but I've got to spend some time with this flying for now......)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Whatever floats your boat they say. Just jump under a cold shower and tear up banknotes and you have the "owning a boat" sensation. BOTH aviation and boats are good at ridding you of cash.. Getting it out of the water when a buster comes through is fun too when your tow vehicle floats away. Get a small sailboat and enjoy the quiet. It's more like flying. I do like sailing.. I'd like a safe small submarine but that's a bit of a fantasy .Nev

Edited by facthunter
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Regulation this; Regulation that; Approval for this; Restriction on that. Landing Fees; parking fees. ASIC cards; permit to jump through hoops.

 

Stuff it. I'm giving up on aviation and buying myself a boat like this one:

[ATTACH type=full" alt="43818]43818[/ATTACH]

 

It'll only cost me $57and a half K. Nobody will call me "rich an extravagant" because I own a boat, like they would if I owned a plane.

 

I don't have to go through an expensive training regimen to be able to drive it. I've just got to sit a "road rules" test. I don't have to be fastidious in maintaining it. In fact, I don't have to maintain it at all, but can still keep using it. I don't have to set up something akin to the National Archive to keep all the records of maintenance and mods. I don't need an Engineering Order to install any equipment. I don't have to pay landing fees, and can park it at home. I can go anywhere on water that the boat can float in. Why, there's nothing legally stopping me from using it to sail around the World; up and down the Nile or Amazon, or tour the rivers of Europe. I can use it night and day, in good weather or foul.

 

I won't have to undergo regular medicals and risk my licence being suspended because my BMI is above some arbitrary magic number, or my eyes grow dim.

 

I can't fly, but I'm telling you

I can sail my boat where I want to

You will need to by a prop for that one. Cheers

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whatever floats your boat they say. Just jump under a cold shower and tear up banknotes and you have the "owning a boat" sensation. BOTH aviation and boats are good at ridding you of cash.. Getting it out of the water when a buster comes through is fun too when your tow vehicle floats away. Get a small sailboat and enjoy the quiet. It's more like flying. I do like sailing.. I'd like a safe small submarine but that's a bit of a fantasy .Nev

Spelt BOATT Bring out another ten thousand.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be read for plenty of boat ramp rage, stolen boat trailer and being harassed by fishing inspectors, boat RBTs, increasing number of sudden mates wanting to go fishing with you :-)

Nope, been there done that,

 

Cheers,

 

Jack.

  • Like 1
  • Informative 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did what you are doing many years ago but with sailing boats. Bought 2nd hand and then built one. The flying bug proved too hard to resist and I sold the boat and went back to flying.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A flying boat becomes a very poor sailing boat once you shut the engine down. and the drag is with you every Km you fly. They DO seem like a good idea though . (Until you think about it) Nev

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you thought your fuel bill with your aircraft was bad, wait until you own a boat!! :crying:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OME, good on you mate whether it is flying or boating, or even model trains in the garage with the car parked out in the street, enjoy it

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Model boats in the bathtub? Trouble is you end up wrinkly and cold. Take up Bird watching . (The feathered kind) Unending interest, it's about flying and you get lots of exercise walking to the best places.. Nev

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

oh yeah, very quick way to lose money.

grew up around boats thanks to my father. small tinnies with oars, to a 40ft flybridge cruiser with twin 250 outboards drinking a litre per minute.

family now has a ski boat with a 350 chev sitting in it. (bought when i was a teen, sold when we were adults. purchased back again 10 years later when the first grand-kids started walking.) think the old man spends $300 each time it goes out.

 

I run two jet-ski's, a stand-up and a sit down.

also absorb the money like a bucket with a hole in the bottom. easily spend $150 on fuel and 2-stroke oil each day.

last time was almost a grand.... (fined for not having a torch in the stand-up, then it decided it didnt want to run anymore - still need to replace a component in the electrical box)

 

then there's the maintenance.

have to clean and flush everything when you get home.

(my ski's only ever see freshwater...... because im lazy, and cant be bothered with the maintenance that salt brings - easier to dive an extra hour to the lake)

constant corrosion everywhere

Edited by spenaroo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Your not on your own,

My neighbor down the road has just bought a 50 foot yacht, don't know if he still has the Cessna twin.

And the Hummel builder Up the road has gone VH,

spacesailor

Edited by Guest

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah, the beauty of the sea.

 

You don't have to spend a bomb, get a boat someone has spent the bucks on and buy when they loose interest, often winter. Now is a great buying time.

 

Never pay ad price esp for a sail boat. Often go for 20-30% less, haggle they are often for sale for months and costing fees and maintenance.

 

Pick a construction type you are willing to work on, is wood, steel, glass or ferro.

 

If you live aboard it is far cheaper and easier to maintain.

 

My bro has a 23ft, works and cost $200 and it will sail.

 

My glass dingy is 13ft and a sail cum power boat. Was free as it came with a $200 trailer registered. Solid. Stable and great as fishing cum utility boat.

Add a old but strong Johnson 15 and she rocks.

 

Does what would cost 20 k as a new alloy and motor setup.

 

Yes I need to redo gunwhales but that's fine and will do some mods for more comfort.

This is a unsinkable boat with huge built in floatation.

 

It does not have to cost a bomb.

 

Never buy new, let someone else loose the depreciation etc.

 

Just like aircraft, speed costs money.

IMG_20190516_163408.thumb.jpg.fa26e1f85d5b8761dd1c8ea5e59b4333.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also for bigger boats, oil burners are you friend and far cheaper to run.

 

A 40 ft motor sailed or power cruiser boat can do 6-7 knots on a 6 litres a hour. Better ones do it on 3 litres. If your not in a hurry, they can be cheap to run.

Some sailboats it is as low as 1 litre a hour.

 

Not everything guzzles

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah, the beauty of the sea.

 

You don't have to spend a bomb, get a boat someone has spent the bucks on and buy when they loose interest, often winter. Now is a great buying time.

 

Never pay ad price esp for a sail boat. Often go for 20-30% less, haggle they are often for sale for months and costing fees and maintenance.

 

Pick a construction type you are willing to work on, is wood, steel, glass or ferro.

 

If you live aboard it is far cheaper and easier to maintain.

 

My bro has a 23ft, works and cost $200 and it will sail.

 

My glass dingy is 13ft and a sail cum power boat. Was free as it came with a $200 trailer registered. Solid. Stable and great as fishing cum utility boat.

Add a old but strong Johnson 15 and she rocks.

 

Does what would cost 20 k as a new alloy and motor setup.

 

Yes I need to redo gunwhales but that's fine and will do some mods for more comfort.

This is a unsinkable boat with huge built in floatation.

 

It does not have to cost a bomb.

 

Never buy new, let someone else loose the depreciation etc.

 

Just like aircraft, speed costs money.

With ferro you will find that nearly all all marinas will not allow you in. Also most likely will be unable to get insurance. And if you find insurance from overseas; any claim if you suffer a loss of vessel will be a big challenge in some cases. IMHO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later for your post to be seen If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...