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Old 24 September 2013, 14:24   #1
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Okay so a lot of my time is spent outside of the UK and at the moment I don't have a car in the uk because it's not worth it. Currently the rib I have is stored at home on the drive (parents house). This is good for working on the boat etc and knowing its secure but when I come home it's a pain because i am relying on friends etc to launch the boat. I can store the boat in a marina for 13 a week on the hard in a lock up. But I still have the problem of launching.

They have offered me a 12 month contract and for just over 2k a year they will store my boat and offer a launch and recovery service which isn't effected by the tides.

Part of me thinks It will be perfect as I can get down to the marina and the boat is already sat in the water waiting to go.

Also the price of buying a car, insurance, tax, maintenance and upkeep. I'd probably be better just paying the 2k?

What do you guys think?
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Old 24 September 2013, 14:51   #2
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Your paying 25 extra per week for the launch facility, I'd say that's too much, unless you use it every week! Why not get it on a 6 month launch/recover and store it at home (or at 13 per week) the off-season, then your only paying for launch/recover when you need it. www.BoatsandOutboards4Sale.co.uk
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Old 24 September 2013, 14:57   #3
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I did this for 5 years, worked abroad, and kept te boat on hard standing, having her craned in when needed. Worked for me but working on boat is a pain if its 100 miles away from your UK base like mine is.

I had a car but preferred this option for the boat, just for convenience, not having to worry about rusting brakes etc.

Have you even still got a uk driving license? I did not at that time as I had to switch it for a foreign one, and found getting car insurance really difficult. Finally found a broker who would insure me in a foreign license.
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:08   #4
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"Licence" does not contain an 's'

I would argue that keeping the boat on your parents driveway is LESS secure than in a marina. After all aren't the majority of RIB thefts done on those which are dry stored?
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:20   #5
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Ffs what are you, a teacher? So I maybe made a spelling mistake, whoopy bloody doo

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"license[ lahy-suhns ]
noun
1. formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
2. a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.
3. permission to do or not to do something."
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:20   #6
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I found I seldom took the boat out when I had to tow it to site. The thought of a long day made longer with boat hassles wasn't appealing. Decided to put it in at a Marina. I call up the day before and they launch and tie up for me arriving. I turn up, go out, tie up to pontoon when done then head for a pint. They recover and jet wash it. Simplicity. I've been out more in the last 6 months than the previous 2 years put together. For the year it costs me 1250
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:23   #7
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"Licence" does not contain an 's'

I would argue that keeping the boat on your parents driveway is LESS secure than in a marina. After all aren't the majority of RIB thefts done on those which are dry stored?
What's with the spelling correction?
I for one would not like to be picked up on my spelling, this forum is about Ribs not spelling!
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:31   #8
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What's with the spelling correction?
I for one would not like to be picked up on my spelling, this forum is about Ribs not spelling!
Precisely, and I might be American in which case there is actually no mistake.
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"Licence" does not contain an 's' I would argue that keeping the boat on your parents driveway is LESS secure than in a marina. After all aren't the majority of RIB thefts done on those which are dry stored?
I'm not sure about that. I've had two engines stolen from the back of ribs, both whilst stored in supposedly secure marinas. I've never had a problem when the boats were parked on my drive.
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Old 24 September 2013, 18:38   #10
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To be honest, I think security can be an issue wherever a boat is stored. Yards get targeted for large scale thefts just as a boat on your front drive can seem like an easy target. Ask nugent.
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