Memorable family holidays, time with friends, fishing and cruising the tropics are great goals and dreams to have.  However, with the scarcity of the three golden assets of 1/ time, 2/ health and 3/money; seldom do we have an abundance of all three at the same time!

Deciding and focusing on where you will use a boat, helps in your boat buying as it narrows down the type of boat that will best meet your needs.

So, let’s get onto Question #3.  The 3rd question is:

How much time will you have to use your boat?

If you’re working or living in Asia, think about how much time you will have to use your boat.  Here are 6 statements, so if you can answer yes or no (or maybe) to these 6 statements this will start to narrow down how much time you have for using your boat:

  1. I have plenty of time or annual leave to go boating whenever I want (y/n)
  2. I need to travel to my home country during most of my annual leave (y/n)
  3. Most of my boating time will be on long weekends with public holidays (y/n)
  4. My family or partner loves boating and usually we’ll go boating together (y/n)
  5. During the weekdays I have a lot of available time (y/n)
  6. Other

Now it’s time to put the ‘yes’s’ in order of priority. 1 is the highest priority or most likely time factor in being able to use your boat.

While cruising or motoring to Thailand sounds like a great idea, but it can take 4 days to get there and 4 days back again. And sailing even longer.  So, the question to ask yourself is, how much time do you realistically have?

The reason this is important is that the distance and types of waters that you wish to travel greatly determines the time it will take for the trips of your dreams.  When you look at your work schedule and your available time-off, it might be faster and cheaper and more realistic to fly to Thailand and either take your boat out from there or charter a boat,

So, take some time to think about how much time you will have, and how this might change in the next 2-3 years.

Click here to read the last part of this 4-part blog post on how to buy a boat – “How much will it cost to keep and maintain your boat?

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