Monday, October 28, 2013

Reducing the Cost of Boat Maintenance (it can be done!)

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There are a lot of jokes about how much it costs to maintain a boat. The acronym "bust out another thousand" is thrown around in good cheer among boat owners on a regular basis. However, while most can accept that boats are not cheap, it doesn't change the fact that they require a lot of upkeep that should, if possible, be reduced in cost. The expenses associated with a boat don't need to be an immutable fact, and can be adjusted with some smart shopping.

The answer is to look online for your replacement boat parts and upgrades. Previously, the only place to find boat parts was in specialty marine stores. These are often few and far between unless you happen to live on a lake or near the ocean, and they're always quite pricey. Looking online, however, will give you access to a broader selection, as well as discounts.

You can shop discount marine parts at MMIMarine.com, for instance. As an online retailer, they're positioned to provide savings that simply aren't available in a street-accessible shop. While you have to pay for the associated shipping costs, finding marine parts online will give you access to exactly what you need, and let you get a clear picture of what's available, allowing you to save money by getting precisely the correct item.

Boats are not the most inexpensive hobby. However, with proper shopping strategies and a visit to the right sources on the web, you can greatly reduce the associated costs.

27 comments:

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Right now, we don't have a boat, although the Hubs is looking for one for fishing. I will keep this in mind,

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

We finally sold our boat after getting tired of all the maintenance. When the gas was sky high, it was just prohibitive to use it. Wish I'd thought about this!

Sandee said...

Boats are expensive and hubby isn't mechanically inclined. So...we pay a mechanic and he does a fabulous job. He's expensive, but so worth it. I have heard of many guys that shop for parts on line and they do save a lot of money.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh how I wish I owned a boat. It's one thing I've always wanted to do, but the upkeep costs have always been a major factor. Good to know it can be done for a little less.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I have to admit the thought of having a boat is lovely the money it would cost however... It's good to know you can get things at a little less cost though xx

Guavalicious said...

Passing this on to my friends. We love going on on our county's lakes with them!

Daisy B said...

I'll have to talk to my neighbor about this. It's the funniest thing - I never knew that he had a boat in his backyard until recently. Our fences are too high. lol.

bxcrochet said...

great info. will be passing it along to my father in law

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Pat Hatt said...

Boat costs more than a car, no thanks at my bar

Kay Adeola said...

I would love to have a boat but do not think it would be worth the money for us lol.

Grandma Bonnie said...

My brother repairs boats for a living. We go out in his boat at least once a year and he keeps it in tip top shape. I will pass this on to him. I am sure he would like to save a little money.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

It would be nice to have a boat and be able to go out on it a lot more often. right now we don't have access to a lot of water or a boat. But I think it would be a lot of fun if we did. Even with the extra cost.

Pam said...

My daughter has been begging for us to get a boat. I keep telling her they are too expensive.

Anonymous said...

Boats do not always have to be expensive, we purchased a fixer upper and rebuilt a lot with some great shops helping to teach us as we went.

The Frugal Greenish Mama said...

We have never owned a boat but Hubby would love to get a small fishing boat to take the kids out.

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Boats are the luxury for the rich here, so I bet it would be expensive

kristenione said...

We are a boating family so I will definitely share this with my dad and brother. It is very expensive to have a boat now. It's incredible how much you spend in gas just to go out for a little while. But that is my idea of heaven, being out on the water!

Debi Gerhart said...

I have wanted a boat for years. We have been looking to get one for my mom's place.

Katherine Bartlett said...

Good tips. I don't have a boat but these are good to know

Teresa Moody said...

I have a fear of bodies of water, so I wont be getting a boat any time soon, lol, but I think these are great tips!

Amanda McMahon said...

i don't have a boat but i'm sure the price of maintenance can be major.

Bobbi Burleson said...

My bf and I both love to fish and we live close to the water. I wish we could have a boat!!

Megan Chamberlin said...

Can I skip past having to maintain and jump right to the fantasy where I have a yacht and the money to pay other people to worry about it? lol

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

My Sister in Law just purchased a boat with my in-laws last year and she would love to be able to save some money on the maintenance and upkeep.

Courtney Pies said...

I always thought it would be fun to own a boat! But I don't know if we would get enough usage out of it to justify the cost of it.

HungryLittleGirl said...

We don't have a boat yet. I would love to have one (all the neighbors have one) to go out for fishing and just relaxing, but the hubby isn't really convinced yet! BUT just in case he changes his mind, I will bookmark this article :)

Colette S said...

Very interesting information.
Not sure I'll ever own a boat, but hey :)