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GAwhale posted 09-23-2001 09:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
January 13, 2001 was a big day for me. I am 37. It's not so much of a mid life crises, but rather 'if I don't do it soon I'm never going to do it'. I have always wanted a Whaler. I went through a period during which I wanted a Sea Ray, but I saw the light. I knew if I bought a lesser boat, then my next boat was going to be a Whaler.

On January 13, 2001 my wife and I got a babysitter, test drove our Montauk, paid for her, and pulled her home. We had put down a credit card number at the boat show the weekend before, but could have backed out of the deal. I think I had to pee 100 times that day I had so much nervous energy.

The boat cost more than the 1999 Taurus Station Wagon we were towing her with. (This was before I got a newly configured Trailer from Magic Tilt.) The rear shocks were sitting flat on my Taurus. My driveway makes a 90 degree bend into the garage. I had planned to park the boat in the garage door farthest away from the street. I could not keep the front of the car on the driveway as I backed the boat in and put monster ruts in my yard (remember this was January and everything was soggy). My neighborhood has covenant restrictions and per regulations the boat could only sit in the driveway for 24 hours. After a stressful hour with my wife trying to help me and watch a 3 year old, we got the boat in the garage door closest to the street at an angle and the garage door remained open only on the trailer tongue. (Now, with confidence and the little tricks you learn, I cut the trailer a little sharper closer to the house go over the junipers (which are bullet proof) and the car never goes in the grass. It takes 5 minutes.)

That night I woke up at 1:AM in the morning and looked at the boat. I had just spent $21,824.75 and was getting a serious case of COLD FEET. I was contemplating calling the dealership to see if I could return the boat and get the 13 footer for $8,500 that could be towed by my car and fit in my garage. I knew I would be too embarrassed to call the dealership. I would just have to sell her outright. Oh the things that go through a stressed out mind. I had to take a sleeping pill to get to sleep that night.

We just got back from a day of boating today. I told my wife, "That boat makes me happy".

Anyone else have any COLD FEET stories that they are willing to fess up to?

GAwhale posted 09-23-2001 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
My Dad who has had a boat his entire life gave me some good advice:

Every moment you spend worrying about your boat; is a moment you are not worrying about your job, your family, or something really important.

ALAN G posted 09-23-2001 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for ALAN G  Send Email to ALAN G     
Hang in there and don't worry! I bought my 19' Revenge new in 1974, with 135HP outboard, 9.9 kicker, trailer, etc. All for $9000. It was a lot of money at that time. But 27 years later, I still have the boat and it cost me less than $500 per year....not to mention the priceless memories of using it all these years. Don't trade down, you'll only want a bigger boat later. If you really want the 13, buy a used one and have two! That is what any self respecting Whaler owner would do! A couple quotes come to mind: Performance costs, but pays. and Don't worry, be happy! :)
GAwhale posted 09-24-2001 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
ALAN G - I'm not trading down. I bought the perfect boat. It was just a very big first day.
JFM posted 09-24-2001 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I'll fess up. In 1982 I told my friend's dad that I would love to buy his boat if he ever wanted to sell it. A month later he called and told me his dad would sell. The boat was a 1969 CC 38' Roamer they bought new. The boat was 13 years old. It needed the twin 427's and generator rebuilt, a paint job and new interior. The boat was beat. I paid $10,000 and put $5,000 in it. It cost me on average about $5,000 a year when I add it all up fuel, storage, maint. etc.. I finally sold that boat last week for 32,000 and felt like I had a 100# wieght taken off my back. The thing is, all those rebuids and paint need to be done again. Also at $5,0000 a year, I spent $90,0000. Boating ain't cheap unless you buy a Whaler. Regards, Jay
Bigshot posted 09-24-2001 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Labor day 1997 i was at a party and after a few brews I asked my buddy if he wants to sell his 24' Baja that has been sitting(fully covered) with a blown enine for 2 years. He said ask my old man. Couple hours later his old man kayaks over and after a few more brews I ask him if he wants to sell it. He says make an offer. I said $5k and he says....Deal! Well now I have to tell my wife to be (in 2 months) that I just bought a boat. She was pretty cool about it. Last boat i boat was before we were engaged and I mistakingly & jokingly said that her "ring" was on hold because I just spent the ring $$ on this Whaler. She was not at all amused until I finally gave her the ring a few months later. I was debating on telling her about the honeymoon money:)
LarrySherman posted 09-24-2001 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
At almost every turn durring "Jacqueline's" rebuild, I had misgivings, and horrible dreams. I would dream that the motor was blown. That the hull was shot. That she sank at the dock. That my friends laughed at me. That she would breakdown is a storm.

It has finally ended. Everyone admires her. The engine is sound. The hull is stong. But god, what a long road, full of doubt and fear. Every time I tuned around, more time and money into her, with no assurance that all would be ok.


Quite honestly, I don't know which is worse: the self recrimination of spending a lot of money on something new, or the long periods of doubt that occur durring a major rebuild.

But yes, I've been there, and back again!

JFM posted 09-24-2001 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Larry, I feel for you and know what you went through. I remember when I finally completed the Roamer it was the nicest one in the city and the only one of a few made of aluminium. However, I'm not up to a project like that again. I still have my CC Aqua Home in dry dock and it needs the works. I think it will sit there another couple of years or untill I retire. Meanwhile it sure is nice to hop in a new Whaler without a worry. Regards, Jay PS I need you guys to talk me out of looking at these Whaler Cuddys
whalerfran posted 09-25-2001 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerfran    
I would bet that more of us have had that feeling than would care to admit. Especially the lying awake at night. This might help. When you come home from a hard day's work, go into the garage and appreciate the beautiful lines of a classic boat. You might even pet her a little. Show her off to your friends. When the weather is right, take her out and you will experience the joys of boating relatively few can. Sounds like your wife will enjoy the boat, too. All the better. The sensation will pass. Hang in there.
JFM posted 09-26-2001 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Whalerfran you are so right, last night my brother was over and we were in the barn building a teak bench. I herd "rum, rum, rum" and looked up to see my 5 year old nephew sitting at the helm of the 13' sport parked over in the corner. That will be memory I won't forget. Regards, Jay
Traveller posted 09-27-2001 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
Well, I have cold feet anticipating selling my Stratos 2250 CC this winter and planning the purchase of a Montauk to take it's place. I've decided that "bigger" doesn't necessarily mean "better." I've had a lot of good times on my present boat, but I don't need that much boat to do what I do on the water. So - in December I will list my boat and make the change to a Montauk. At least, I think I will. Maybe if - no! It's the sensible thing to do. And there it is! I'm not sure if this quaqlifies as cold feet - perhaps "wishy washy" would be a better description.

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