In a rush, I took the boat out over the weekend because Mark was vacating his apartment. In case you’re wondering, this is what a wakeboard boat costs:
$100/year for new fenders and lines
$120/year for registration
$120/year to put in the water and take it out
$500/year in required maintenance
$550/year for insurance
$900/year for trailer storage
$1200/year for moorage
Plus $40-50 every time you go wakeboarding.
Which I guess is probably like $85/hour not counting the expense of the boat, financing, depreciation and toys.
Needless to say I’m seriously reconsidering this sport since I went wakeboarding less than 10 times this year. But, don’t get me wrong, I love owning a wakeboard boat. Now if only there was a fractional boat ownership program out there. Or a web 2.0 site that manages both the cost sharing (ala Billmonk) and the time sharing of a shared asset like a boat, or sports car, or high end downhill mountain bike.
If you’re in Seattle and interested in fractional boat ownership drop me a line. Maybe I’ll put together something next spring.