Why should you purchase an American Fiberglass Pool vs. a boat?
WHY SHOULD YOU PURCHASE AN AMERICAN FIBERGLASS POOL VS. A BOAT?
Chances are that you already know each of these investments can cost about the same. If you expect me to say that owning a boat is not enjoyable, think again. I have owned several and my family had a blast almost every time we were able to drag the boat to the ramp! So here are my thoughts and feel free to share yours!
COST OF BOAT OWNERSHIP
1. FUEL. Yes, that boat and the truck you tow it to water in both consume a lot of that expensive, nasty, fossil fuel. Can anyone tell me why fuel at a dock is always at least 25% higher than the gas station just down the street? Every boat owner knows that spending $100-$200 a day for fuel is more the norm than actually catching a mess of fish. Sometimes those fish get mighty pricey when it’s a slow day with the fishing pole. Use your boat a lot? Expect to spend $2000 in fuel and additives a season.
2. STORAGE FEES & LAUNCH FEES, ETC.
If you are not so fortunate to be able to have that extra garage space, you are likely storing your boat somewhere. If you are a saltwater boater, you likely prefer dry storage. These fees go on all year, even while you can’t use the boat due to weather conditions. Storage fees will typically average around $3000 a year for 20’ – 30’ boats.
3. INSURANCE COST
Everything in life that moves people or freight has to have insurance. Even if you “bundle” all your possessions and use the Gecko, the Caveman, or the squealing pig for your insurance, expect to pay at least $1250 a year on your boat and trailer insurance.
4. MAINTENANCE COST
This is an expensive but necessary evil. Who wants to be 15 miles offshore and have to pay a towing fee since your motor quit? Batteries need to be properly charged, motors require tune ups every 90 hours. Hulls need to be washed and polished for protection. Gas tanks need to be drained and cleaned. Shall I go on? One tank of bad fuel and POW! right in the kisser; a quick grand disappears before your very eyes! Is it easy to put a real cost to all this stuff? Not at all. I believe most boat owners will tell you they spend at least $2500 a year on maintenance and related items.
5. OTHER ITEMS TO KEEP IN MIND
Even though they are not hard $$$ costs, there are other things that will affect your boat owning experience.
A. WEATHER – Not too many of us like long, rough boat rides that can cause you to want to go straight to the chiropractor after hitting the dock.
B. SEASONAL – Recreational boaters don’t like boating 5-6 months out of the year.
All those payments and other costs keep on rolling in in spite of weather conditions.
Boats usually have a one year warranty. That’s not much considering the amount they cost. American Fiberglass Pools have a Lifetime Limited Warranty; that sounds exceptional compared to one year!
COST OF AMERICAN FIBERGLASS POOL OWNERSHIP
If you elect, like most folks, to get a saltwater chlorination system installed on your American Fiberglass Pool, you will spend very little money except on a few inexpensive water balance chemicals every 6-8 weeks. Most of our American Fiberglass Pool customers tell us they spend under $300 a year on pool chemicals.
All American Fiberglass Pools are installed with auto time clocks that allow you to operate the pool filtration system as little as six hours a day. Put a robotic pool cleaner in the pool and that becomes as little as four hours per day. Again, our customers report spending around $250 a year on electricity to operate the pool.
American Fiberglass Pools in most areas of the country are swimmable for up to 8 months of every year. If you install a spa along with your American Fiberglass Pool, you can us it every day of the year! Using your pool or spa does not mean having to get dressed, pack a lunch, or top off the tank like a boat does.
OK, so let’s sum all this up.
To keep a boat ready to hit the water at any time it will cost most boat owners at least $8,750 a year.
An American Fiberglass Pool kept swim ready for those BBQ’s and parties, or for a midnight dip, according to a survey of our owners, cost around $550 a year.
5 years 10 years 20 years
Boat ownership cost: $43,750 $87,500 $175,000
Pool ownership cost: $2,750 $5,500 $11,000
Sure things like pumps, filters, salt cells, etc. have to be replaced on pools every 10 years or so, but you sure won’t get 10 years of use on a boat motor that runs in saltwater. Buying a new boat motor for $14,000 will sure pay for at least 8-9 completely new pool equipment change outs.