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Old 08-18-2003, 11:10 AM
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talk to someone who has tried.

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talk to someone who has tried.

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As a very wise and wealthy business man once told me "In order to make a small fortune in a 'hobby' business, start with a large one".
He was right, I should have listened.
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Here's the deal if I knew how to do anything else besides dig dirt and lay pipe I probably would. Anyway I love what I do even with all the BS that goes with it.

Back to the marina thing. My parents had a big resort w/ restaurant & bar, marina, cabins, and all the other stuff that goes along with it. I grew up there and eventually ran the whole operation for 1 year. At the end of that year dear old dad asks did you learn anything. Oh yeah, Boss means getting up earlier, going to bed later, for half of the money, and ALL OF THE HEADACHE!!!! Furthermore Pops if you die and will this f***ing place to me, I will contest the will. Would I do a marina again? Maybe but as someone said earlier it is a costly venture because of the real estate, EPA, Coastal Commission, Corps of Engineers, and whatever other govt agency can get their hand into your pants.

One more thing everyone's day off is your work day so you might as well scratch any holiday's and weekends off of your go and have fun list.

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Old 08-18-2003, 11:47 AM
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It takes money to make money

And as was already said, for every dollar you make, their is some govt. agency wanting two.
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Also I wanted to say that rocknrace has put it into well said words.

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Most of the marina owners I talk to say they barely break even if at all. They make their money by developing the land around the marina with condos and such.
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Lance,

There have been many true words spoken here. I worked at 2 marinas in High School and College. Both owners told me the SAME thing, and I saw it with myself just being a summer employee. If you want to go boating, don't be in the boating business. Same thing goes for recreational vehicles, like bikes, atv's, snowmobiles etc. Don't let any of this discourage you however, just go into it understanding what it will take and what sacrifices you WILL have to make. Best wishes in school.

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rockinrace, be more select in choosing your customers.
do not work for uneducated cheap ass boat owners.your efforts will not be appreciated. there are a few out there who opperate the equipment properly.

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I hear ya.
Most of my problems would be from another "Brand X" marina/ shop/ mechanic, bad mouthing the cost or quality of the work.
Another came from guys buying big $$, big power, time bombs and expecting it to stay together for more than 100 hours when they go WTFO the whole time on Poker Runs.
 
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