Is Now A Good Time To Buy A Boat?
The world has never been more uncertain. 2020 has been a washing machine of emotions and a mental earthquake that’s cracked our sense of safety, security, and freedom wide open.
It’s all caused a bit of a stir. Some people are experiencing an awakening and an invigorated motivation to make their dream life happen. Others were well underway towards their goal and are now questioning if they should proceed forward.
At this point, if you’re not already living your dream lifestyle, you’re probably asking yourself “why not?”. And if you aren’t, you should be.
Yes, travel and International travel are heavily restricted. But the one thing we know is true, and has been scientifically proven, is that the best physical and mental place to spend time is outside in nature. That could be a cabin in the woods, a tent, van, RV, or a sailboat.
But, you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t dreaming about buying a boat or at least embarking on some sort of adventure. We want to help encourage those dreams, which is why we decided to start this interview series.
Soooo many of you are ready to dive into boat life headfirst but you’re coming up against a lot of hurdles.
Now, we’re not experts! We are more a Jack and Jill of all trades, masters of none. But over the years, we have searched out and leaned on many experts for help. Now we’re reaching back out to those people to try and answer your burning questions.
This is the first of a new interview series we started for our Patreon community. But this interview with our mentor, and old friend, Kent felt like one we should share with all of you. We hope it helps you on your journey.
Wanna go back in time? Back to where the sailing adventures began? Check out our boat shopping playlist…you’ll see a lot more of Kent in there too.
Our Boat Shopping Playlist
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I am only 5 feet tall. Will I have trouble seeing over a helm station? COVID has interfered with us getting to boat shows, so that I can scope this out. My hubs is 6 feet tall so he will have no issues. We hope to get a boat in next 3-5 years. Have watched you guys for 2 years and love all the videos! Thanks- Lori
As a retired sailing charter captain and boat owner, I’d say sounds like a good time to sell.
Hi Nikki and Jason. I love your videos so much and your personalities, and how well you complement one another. I might’ve missed this somewhere, but I thought you stated when you first got back to Tonga that you were not allowed to live on the boat while it was in dry dock. Just curious like your minion. LOL.
So glad you were able to figure it out and you are going to be on the water soon.
Thank you for bringing us along on your life adventure. Best to you both❣️
PS I can’t get over your drone shots. I am so curious how you shoot them.
I thought I replied that the boat yard *might* not allow them to stay on the boat because many yards do not. If I said they *couldn’t* then my apologies, that wasn’t my intention.
It looks like they will only be using the kitchen sink as they’ve shown us how they’re catching the greywater in a container under the boat. And since this particular boatyard has showers & toilets (and Curiosity has composting toilets too), that solves the other issues of living on a boat on the hard. Which is a good thing because now they’ll have extra time for boat chores without the long commute. They may regret this decision yet hahaha!
We think we’ll stick with our toy hauler travel trailer.
Thank you so much Nikki and Jason. I work too much to be committed to a boat. I think I enjoy my work and that is why I am not planning on buying or building a boat, oh and money of course, or lack of it to get what I really want.
Wow, that was quite a comment from Tracy above me but, unfortunately I have to agree 100%. I have always been a planet, wildlife and climate action supporter.
I know there are a lot of people out there that are but I wish more people were so we would not have to struggle like we do to fix this. Sorry, even though I expressed myself this is not the place.
Kent, seems to be his jolly self as I remember him from when you bought Curiosity 4.5 years ago. He has a lot of experience and knowledge regarding boats. I feel he is correct when he says to not wait for everything to be perfect. I found the fact that you both had the insight to make this video and what Kent said inspiring.
I don’t know if it is a great time to build a boat but I am defiantly starting to build one. Monohull unfortunately due to the complexity of road transport in US. My thanks to your videos for reminding me of this dream I had.
I think this series is a great idea and well worth your time to produce. Personally, I’m NOT here because I’ll be buying a boat (don’t like seafood, cannot tolerate humidity, too many medical issues; plus I don’t drink at all so sundowners would be wasted on me!![grin]). Others, though should get a great benefit from the first person insight Ken brings to the table.
But the more important content is the positive encouragement from you two and from Ken to not wait until someday, but do it now!! That advise applies whether it be a new lifestyle on a boat or in an RV (Hi Mary!!), or whether it is starting those oil painting lessons you always talked about or grabbing the camera and documenting all the local flora and fauna; whatever your dream… we all need to GRAB it and run with it.
Sometimes the starting point is like yours, with some talents that translated into mobile income streams, sometimes it is like Zatara’s crew which scrimped and saved until the right moment to do a family thing or others that live in cramped quarters while building their dream house or log cabin off the grid. All made a decision to START… And encouragement to do that is what you provide.
Best wishes with all the boat-life tasks you have yet to do to get back to YOUR dream – being out on the water. And a big “Thanks!” for allowing us to tag along!!
Exactly Paul! I loved that you included learn to paint or take those pics you always wanted. The point is that life is too short & there are too many uncertainties. Make time to follow your dream, small or large! Thanks for that reminder.
Ken really seems to have his finger on the pulse of his boating business and it was so nice of him to candidly share some of his opinions! Having said that, I was surprised at his comments about multi-hulls being so much more “sellable” than mono-hulls. Considering costs alone, I would have thought it would have been the other way around!
You kids truly are “influencers” with your website, so don’t discount how much it means to those of us watching. Your life many be an “open book” but in the best way! Keep it up kids, we are enjoying the ride and adventures.
One would think the lower cost of entry would be enticing but people see the comfort and speed and a good catamaran and can’t help themselves. It’s what got us. That said, it makes buying a good monohull even easier!
16:53 is my best moment.
Right! Us too.
I feel it is not a good time to buy a boat as the weather is getting out of control to be on the ocean. Even in a Rv the weather is playing havoc on our travels. We have not looked after the planet and we don’t seem to want to do anything about it. That is the price you pay for neglect!
I think the recent fires blazing through most of the western United States proves that nobody is free from the wrath of mother nature. Our house moves. we have the option of evacuating everything when natural disasters occur. People with roots don’t have that option.
Why do the fires stop at the Canadian border. I guess they know more about forest management than we do
I think now is the perfect time to buy a boat, or at lest within the next 5 to 10 years. Living on a boat may end up the safest place on the planet… hint hint Waterworld:))