|Re: Speaking of boats for the middle class.
Group: rec.boats · Group Profile
Author: HK Date: Nov 28, 2007 21:01
Short Wave Sportfishing wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 08:47:44 -0800 (PST), Tim gmail.com>
>> I was wondering if there are any stats on how long people actually
>> keep their boat. Like if they buy a new runabout or cuddie etc. how
>> long do they actually keep it, before selling it or trading it in for
>> a new model.
> Good question.
> For me, I average about, roughly off the top of my head, 6 years on a
> boat. The longest I've owned one is my Ranger CC - that's going on 8
> years this Spring and will probably be the one that I will keep until
> I don't need a boat anymore.
> The Princecraft I had for two and a half years before I sold it to Don
> is the shortest.
> I suspect that Chuck is right on this one - for folks under 30 feet,
> it's often a case of two foot bigger disease. Over that, it's a
> different ball game - if they trade up, it's usually for something 10
> or more feet bigger, but they tend to stay in their boats longer than
> 10 years at a time.
> I was reading a while back that folks in the mega yacht world usually
> have them for a purpose - as in to travel around the world or use them
> as a floating condiminium for a specific purpose, then sell them. Once
> they have achieved their purpose, that's it - sold.
I average three to four years, max. I downsized my fishing boat the last
go-around, and I'm glad I did. For me, it's the perfect size for
fishing the bay, quick cleanup and ease of launching and retrieval.