Now vs. Later

When we told people that we’d bought a boat and were immediately putting it into storage for the summer, we got a fair number of questions and also a certain amount of sympathy.

“Must be hard not to use her right away!”

“Why not wait to buy one until fall and save the storage cost?”

Yes, it was hard to spend only a few days on her . . . and those were spent taking photos and prepping her for summer storage. So why did we do it?

Basically, we wanted to have the summer to prepare for living aboard half the year. By getting the boat now, we can spend the summer making plans for the boat we know we have, instead of what I’ll call contingent lists.

Every boat that we were looking at came with wildly different “extras” — or almost none at all. Some boats needed to be outfitted almost from scratch while others were quite well equipped.

If we waited until fall to buy the boat, it would be hard to research what we would eventually want. Now, since we’re dealing with a specific boat, we can make lists of the things we know she needs and start figuring out what will best meet our needs.

Some things we’ll go ahead and get over the summer (and figure out how we’ll transport them to the boat) while others we’ll order just before we go to the boat and have shipped to the storage yard and still others we’ll plan to buy locally in Ft. Myers.

Being able to plan, make lists and research over the summer means that — hopefully — we’ll be able to be on the water sooner in the fall!

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  • Pat Knickerbocker Gray
    Posted at 10 May 2014 Reply

    Makes sense

  • Pamela Dakin Harwood
    Posted at 10 May 2014 Reply

    Makes total sense to me — while our boat is up on the hard for another 12 months or so under re-construction of most of the wood below the waterline, we are taking the time to find bronze and brass bits and pieces (eBay has been wonderful) and to figure out how to better configure some of the staterooms for more storage. The yard allows us access to the boat, so we can do some of the work ourselves — I will become an ace sander and varnisher by the time Katie Mack goes back in the water.

  • Tim Gaffney
    Posted at 15 May 2014 Reply

    I am thinking of taking our Nordic tug 32 out of the water and storing at a yard as we will not be able to use this summer. Boat is 5 hours away. Not sure if it would be better to leave in the water or on land. Thoughts?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 15 May 2014 Reply

      Different people have different opinions and what the hurricane risk is and how good protection the various options offer. I know of some people who prefer to stay in the water, primarily not to lose a slip space. We prefer to be out of the water, feeling that there is less risk of damage to the boat, no way for lines to come loose, no chance of another boat coming loose and hitting us (although the next one over could fall over on the jackstands, but that happens far less frequently), no need for bottom cleaning, no risk of sinking even if a throughhull hose should come off, etc.

  • Diane Dashevsky
    Posted at 15 May 2014 Reply

    Great minds think alike 🙂 Our “new” winter home is now on the hard waiting for our return in the fall for all the same reasons! I’ve got a couple of large tubs set up…one set for “Stuff to return to Always Sumthing” (since we emptied her before winter storage) and a set for “Stuff for the “new boat” to take to the Keys in Oct. Fun times!

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