Justifying a boat

 A guy once said to me you shouldn't have to justify buying a boat. That said it is hard not to do that. 

Thinking of getting a boat built and budgeting around 100K have had boats for near on 50 years.

So I could spend the 100K on a boat or I could buy a new Mustang and use the remaining money for charter fishing or buying fish and chips?

I don't need a 4x4, don't have to maintain a boat and 4x4, don't have to buy fishing license, fishing gear and in most cases the deckies clean your catch. Don't have to line up at the ramps or build a shed / roof for the boat.


Anyway all that said will still order a new boat not big on Mustangs anyway.

Pop corns on.



Tom M

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 Not going to get much boat

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:02

 Not going to get much boat built for 100k these days. Prices have gone out of control. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 True maybe upgrade the car

Tue, 2021-10-12 11:22

 True maybe upgrade the car to a Porsche and no boat.


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Mustangs are an overrated

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:20

Mustangs are an overrated death trap that you can't push to over 50% of their capability anyway 

A boat sounds like a much better choice


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 Material prices and

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:29

 Material prices and availability are mental. I can't even get standard size flat bar and sheet etc being a steel fabricator. Price rise notifications every other week, major delays with painting and galvanising. I'd be waiting Tom for at least a year till this crap settles, it won't last.

Now that NSW is opening back up I'm interested to see how much worse it gets, saying that most ships leaving Singapore come here first.

Saying that the local tube mills are over east and supply from there is a problem.

I've never been busier, it's brutal at the moment. 



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 Yep would agree.

Tue, 2021-10-12 11:20

 Yep would agree.


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Mustang depreciates the moment it drives out the yard

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:46

Boats hold their value far far better.   you get to breath pure uncontaminated ozone whilst fishing, stress whilst driving versus relaxing whilst fishing. Fish are fresher than the chippie......no brainer really  

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 Interesting. One of my

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:03

 Interesting. One of my coworkers just sold his mustang he bought as a demo 2 years ago and made 10k. Sold back to the same dealer he bought it from. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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I'm not...

Tue, 2021-10-12 10:57


getting rid of my Barcrusher OR my '69 Mustang !!!

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 Look up John cadogan on you

Tue, 2021-10-12 11:47

 Look up John cadogan on you tube"auto expert" find the mustang video and watch it ,

 Bit of a laugh and seriousness.

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There's no traffic lights

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:30

There's no traffic lights driving a boat..cant drive a mustang to rotto...cant fish of a mustang...boats handle better than mustangs.

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 I think the justification in

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:39

 I think the justification in buying a boat comes in the amount of use you get from it. I bought one last year (penned boat) and because of an accident and subsequent operation, use was limited over the season. Still had a lot of fun but missed some great weather windows.

This season I will be on it every decent weekend we get. I'm planning to take holidays in the new year and just spend time on the boat. I'll catch some fish, drink some beer and have lots of fun. Easy decision!

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 Can never justify one

Tue, 2021-10-12 12:44

 Can never justify one financially, I have friends who ask to buy some fillets sometimes, I try to explain that every cracker fish costs me thousands. They don't understand. 


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 You know where your fish

Tue, 2021-10-12 13:42

 You know where your fish comes from if and when you catch them and if you go far enough out no mobile calls


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No boat, but do miss it.

Wed, 2021-10-13 01:31

I sold my boat a couple of years ago.
I'm now spending less $'s each year, but still doing plenty of fishing on charters, with a fishing club, with mates with boats, beach fishing, on holidays, etc...

But what I didn't realise I would miss as much as I do is skippering.
Being in control of your own boat and exploring and finding new ground and ultimately dropping a line and soon thereafter bringing up a Dhuie (or other target species) is hard to beat.

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agree with the

Wed, 2021-10-13 12:10

agree with the above.

financially i could never justify the boat...esp as im not that great at finding the fish!

having said that, reckon i now couldnt live without it, and my only regret is not getting one way sooner!