In many ways, RV’s and boats are a lot alike. Although one stays on the land and the other is at home on the water, each offers a great way to get away from the day-to-day routine of modern life. Each will enable you to get closer to nature, and both RV’s and boats are hobbies that can quickly turn into passions for those who are bitten by the ‘bug’. So, if you are getting reach to purchase a big-ticket item which can help you get more out of your leisure time, which will it be – and RV or a boat?

Learning Curve

Although both RV’s and boats come along with some degree of a learning curve, most would agree that it takes less Optimized-Dollarphotoclub_87499363time to get comfortable operating an RV than it does a boat. Depending on the size and style of boat that you purchase, it may take years before you are fully confident with everything that you have to do as a boat owner. On the other hand, you could spend a weekend practicing things like driving and parking your RV, and you will be left feeling good after just a couple of days.


With a few exceptions, you can basically take an RV anywhere you can take a car. Unless there are size restrictions on a given road, or there are adverse weather conditions, you should be good to go. On the other hand, your boat is (obviously) limited to the water. Not only that, you are also limited to waters where you boat will be able to hold its own against waves, currents, winds, etc. A small craft out in the open ocean simply isn’t going to work, so you will have to pick and choose your boating locations based on the vessel you own.


Boat storage depends largely on the size and type of boat that you own. Large boats will typically be stored in the water, moored at a marina. Obviously, you will need to pay an ongoing fee for moorage if you choose this option. Smaller boats, however, can be trailered and could be stored on your own property (or at a storage facility). With an RV, you will have the option of storing on your property (if you have the space), or at a storage facility somewhere near your home. Most likely, storing your RV is going to be less-costly than storing an RV.

If you are looking for convenience along with the opportunity for great experiences, it is RV ownership that is likely to be the best choice for you. Owning a boat can be great fun, and it can take you places you would otherwise have never seen, but you will most likely need to invest more time and money over the years. Whichever you choose, enjoy the outdoors and travel safe!
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