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From Rudder With Love: The Boat Ownership Investment Addiction
Many people begin their journey to boat ownership and take to sailing and committing to serious time on the water and oceans after falling in love with the sport of a weekend.
However like most things in life that one can enjoy. There is usually a certain expense involved when getting more deeply involved with an hobby or in this case full on boat ownership.
Hobby is another word for an addiction, only an harmless one. "Oh he collects stamps / comics," and "oh he spent £27,000 on a 20 foot yacht and has invested another £27,000 in it in the last three years." Oh, oh, oh indeed.
A boat is a hole in the water that you pour money into, is a famous saying and a hobby is something which you can often take so seriously you forget the essentials.
There a great many things you can stash away on your pride of the seas, luxury televisions, highly finished decking, gold railings and installing icons of comfort throughout the boat, from bow to aft and right down to leather wheel or tiller at the helm.
Of course you can't really take to the high seas without the correct qualifications and certifications. So you will spend at least a couple of months learning all the charts and requirements before you become a full on captain of your own vessel.
To invest in boat ownership is not as much a risk as you might use it regularly or even live on your boat for durations at port and at sea. So any investment in your hobby will be well worth the time and effort.
But while you're sailing you're boat and a dedicated boat ownership type of guy, playing at Captain of the high seas, consider the Bond film, From Rudder With Love and that Russian assassin. Without the proper boat insurance, you really are pouring your money into a hole in the water.