Dear Fellow Boater:
I know I spent too much my first year as a boat owner. Most of it went to marine stores and boat yards. Like you, I quickly discovered how much it costs to keep a boat in good running order. And how expensive many of the upgrades and “toys” I wanted were.
Staring at a stack of receipts, I decided there had to be a cheaper way to maintain and upgrade a boat, without sacrificing safety. It took four more years of boat ownership, but I gradually developed strategies to save money on almost every purchase related to the boat.
Some were solutions to specific problems, like when the prop had so much growth it looked like a cauliflower. Other people in the marina were having the same problem. Most either hired a diver or had the boat hauled for a power wash – both at substantial cost. It turned out a dollar’s worth of steel wool lashed to the bottom of an old pair of shoes did the trick on my boat. We scrubbed the prop with our feet.
Some of the best deals were at dollar stores. Most carried painting supplies for .99 cents each. At that price I could afford to throw brushes and pans away after messy bottom painting. I was learning to break problems down and look for boating supplies in unlikely places.
A fellow boater suggested I start writing this stuff down. Several months later I sold the first copy of “Dollar” Store Boating. It’s a collection of ideas, strategies and worksheets that can help you maintain and upgrade your boat for less money.
Fair winds and following seas,
P.S. If this book saves you just $25, it’s already paid for itself.