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Don't forget opperating costs
Posted by Paul H on Apr 04 2006
While it's easy to get wrapped up into the bigger better, we often forget that if we're really going to be using the boat alot, we'll be spending $1000's on fuel yearly.  So it's better to go with a smaller less expensive boat you can afford to run.

There is a saying among boaters that the bigger the boat gets, the less it is used.  If it's an expedition every time you have to hook up the trailer, and you have to take out a loan to fill up the fuel tank, then its no longer fun.

I'd also say consider the used market, a boat a few years old with not many hours on it can be had for alot less than a new boat.  Why take the depriciation hit when there is always a good supply of used boat's in the spring?  Start looking at the classifieds or on base, you should have little trouble finding a suitable rig.

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