Conventional wisdom has it that sails and salaries don’t go together. However, this has now proved a myth. Although sail boats are expensive, this does not mean that you cannot go a sailing if you are strapped for cash. Here is how you of anyone a little tight on cash can set sail on a limited budget.
Learn all about it
It’s not as if you wake up one fine day and decide to go boating. If you want to set sail, you have probably been contemplating it for a while; perhaps day dreaming once or twice about being on a crystal clear lake or windy ocean. You know what ever floats your boat – pun intended. Now is the time to get out and learn all you can about what boats and boaters do. You may have to learn to handle a boat and it may be a good idea to get on to a friend’s boat and try your hand under his watchful eye.
You don’t have to own a boat
If you don’t own a boat and cannot afford one, don’t worry. You can always join a boat club. You will get many other perks besides boating! Joining a club saves you the expense of buying your own boat and maintaining it.
Of course, you will have to pay for joining the club. You can always consider purchasing your own boat once you have mastered the art, by which time hopefully you would have put away enough to be able to afford it.
Other Perks of a boat club
People often join boat clubs for the social prestige it offers rather than for actual boating interest. If you want to try your hand at sailing, the prestige is an additional benefit for you. You can even find someone who can teach you to handle a boat if you have never done it before.
And then there are the various events held by boat clubs in which you can either participate or watch. Besides if you are member you can dine at the club restaurant and even invite friends over with lower expense. You can also establish your business network at your boat club.
Your own boat at last
After riding on friends’ boats and hired ones from your club, if you still have the desire to own your own boat, you can check out the market. The choice of boat will depend on your wish, your budget, what type of sailing you want, and how many people you would like to have on your boat.
What you should know
If you do decide to invest in a boat, you should find out about the type of boat you want to buy. The things you need to check out are:
- The engine power
- The cost of fuel.
- Where you will dock and store it and how much it will cost.
- What maintenance it will require and what would be the cost.
- What insurance cover is available?
- How to clean the engine and the boat.
- How to rig up the sails and take them down.
David Hammel is freelance writer, professional blogger and an avid boater. He is from the Napanee area and enjoys blogging for Atkins & Hoyle about his boating knowledge and experiences.