How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MonacoMike, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. kaz911

    kaz911 Active Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    In Transit -> London
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    My dad was a boat builder (and so was 2 uncles) - but my first truly own vessel - was an optimist at age 6 or 7ish - in terrible condition. But with my dads help we got it salvaged to a reasonable running condition.

    But my dad always had a boat in the "works" in the backyard - either built from scratch - or salvage project. So every 3 years or so we got a new boat to play in - and every 3rd year he usually sold the "working one" a few months before he finished the "new one" - so summer holidays on the boat got cancelled every 3rd year. :) and he still does that now 35 years and 12 (sail)boats later.

    My first power boat was the Bayliner 2455 CS - when I was 24 - but that was a true money pit - so that vaccinated me against powerboats for quite some time.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2013
  2. THJeff

    THJeff Active Member

    278
    Jan 4, 2012
    Lake St.Clair - Michigan
    2000 410 Sundancer
    CAT 3126 Diesels
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    I was just about to turn 39...our current boat...410DA.
     
  3. psubill78

    psubill78 Member

    624
    Jul 20, 2011
    Lake Michigan (IL/WI border, Southport Marina E Do
    '05 Meridian 368 MY, '11 Baltik BA95 Dinghy. Still a Sea Ray lover at heart!
    8.1L HO Mercruiser (840 horse), 10kw Kohler Genset, Torqueedo 1003 for Dinghy
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    My wife and I bought our first (a 310DA) at the age of 33, we are upgrading to a Meridian 368 MY this week, and we are 35 :)

    I can say - in our marina, we are definitely in the minority. Most of the folks have kids our age, and grandchilden our daughters age :)
     
  4. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    19 - 1965 Sea King tri hull. 40hp bored out to a 70. 45mph and able to ski behind it. Bought it for $1000 and sold it 2 years later for $1000. Never been without a boat since then.
     
  5. Brutus C Paw

    Brutus C Paw Member

    214
    Mar 27, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    2007 38 Sundancer;
    1999 Mariah 182 Shabah Bowrider
    8.1S Horizon 370HP;
    4.3L Mercruiser 190HP
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    Age 56 - bought our 320DA, left over 2004 for 2005 season. Delivery cruise was my third boat ride of my life of any kind.
     
  6. Smile Maker

    Smile Maker Member

    236
    Apr 22, 2008
    Guntersville AL
    06 220 SD 5.0L
    5.0L MPI Alpha I
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    38.

    But that's only because I got tired of fixing and maintaining my FIL's and Granpa's old boats I had been "borrowing" for many years.
     
  7. NCCamper

    NCCamper Member

    153
    Jan 20, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    1992 200 BR
    2013 Ford F-150
    5.0 LX w/Alpha 1 - G2
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    Hi,

    I was 55 when we bought our first and current boat.

    Thanks,
    John
     
  8. play dough

    play dough Active Member

    406
    Aug 29, 2011
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 330DA
    7.4L MPI Mercruiser
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    First boat I actually owned was one I built as a high school junior. Glen-L design runabout "Squirt". 10' boat powered by an 18hp Evinrude.
     
  9. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    23, Brand new '91 180BR SeaRay.
    26, bought a new '95 220OV SeaRay - Nehalennia
    30, bought a used '99 230OV SeaRay - Nehalennia II
    40, bought our used 2000 260DA SeaRay - Nehalennia ▲
     
  10. Gary Hill

    Gary Hill Member

    375
    Mar 30, 2009
    Holland, MI
    2008 40DA
    8.1 SHO
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    I was 21 and bought a 1979 Silverline.

    Gary
     
  11. WDCboater

    WDCboater Member

    962
    Oct 3, 2010
    Washington, DC
    2010 350 Sundancer
    Raymarine c95 GPS
    KVH Satellite
    Twin Mercury 8.1 Horizon V-Drives
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    32 Bought a 2010 240 Sundancer (New)
    34 Bought a 2010 350 Sundancer (Used)

    I'm thinking my current boat will last me to 40.
     
  12. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    16 honda aquatrax jetski
    21 2002 yamaha lx 2000 jet boat
    24 98 270da
    25 98 330ec
     
  13. Bazaps

    Bazaps New Member

    5
    Jun 23, 2013
    Harrison Twp
    36AC Sundancer (1984)
    270 Mercruiser
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    27, yesterday! :smt043
     
  14. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA
    2009 Walker Bay 13’
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    15 for the first one which was a 10' Hutchinson Nautisport with a 5HP Elgin
    23 bought a small fishing boat
    married to a real PITA so no boats
    50 upgraded the wife then bought the 320DA
    51 upgraded wife wanted a bigger boat (yes, I am good)
    560DB...... Hmmmmm
     
  15. Escapade

    Escapade Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 10, 2007
    Lake Michigan
    44 Sundancer
    QSC500
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    When I was 26 I realized the cost to me "FREE" family boat my Dad let me use w/ out notice was not long enough. I knew better, bought a 24 Bayliner paid a loan and insurance. Wait did I say I knew better... Ouch I thought I did at that time.
     
  16. Mystic Dreamer

    Mystic Dreamer Active Member

    392
    Oct 10, 2006
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2006 44DA
    Cummins QSC-500
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    My age was my boat size purchase until the 380:

    24 a 1994 240 BR (used)
    26 a 1999 260 BR (new)
    29 a 2001 290 AJ (used)
    33 a 2001 380 DA (used)

    Now I am 40 and looking at a 2005 50DB or 2006 52DB.
     
  17. spikeitaudi

    spikeitaudi Member

    488
    Jun 3, 2011
    Raritan Bay, NJ
    HAD 2006 240 Sundancer
    Merc 5.0L W/ Bravo III
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    36 - 2010 185BR Bayliner (New)
    37 - 2006 240 DA (Used)

    Hopefully 40 - (2006-2008) 341 Meridian
     
  18. Disposable Income

    Disposable Income Member

    56
    Apr 16, 2013
    Yarmouth, MA
    1988 Sea Ray Weekender 300
    T-Merc 5.7 Bluewater
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    1 6- 1972 21ft starcraft / then 19 when I bought my 1988 Sundancer 270 / then 28 when I moved to a 1988 Weekender 300
     
  19. BritLady

    BritLady Active Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    FL West Coast
    2006 - 340 SeaRay Sundancer, Garmin 840XS GPS & Garmin 7401XS GPS
    2019- Zodiac 300 RIB Dink 10'- 5"
    Inboard 8.1 Horizon Mercruiser & 2015 6HP Tohatsu O/B.
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    Captain was 33 and I was 31 when we bought our first cruiser in the UK.
     
  20. Zorba

    Zorba Active Member

    May 21, 2008
    East Harbor, Lake Erie
    2006 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Mercruiser
    Re: How old were you when you bought your first boat? The young are not buying boats

    25- 1996 Crownline 225CCR
    28- 2005 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer
    32- 2006 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
     

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