Boat: A hole in the water you pour money into. Havent used my boat much in the last 2 years because of work but this summer I'm planning on using it a lot, if I can afford it, it seems like every time I go out she develops a new issue. Since it was a warm winter we started our boating season in late March this year. First time out the mooring covers started falling apart and tearing, ok, this should be expected after 10 years, theyve been outside all the time. A local boat upholstery shop is making a new set for $270, not cheap but still a good price for the quality work this shop turns out, the full boat cover doesnt do as good a job keeping debris out as I'd like, especially since I park under an oak tree. Next time out a bad cooling impellor, $305 later the impellor, out drive lube, and engine oil are changed. 3 days later a flat trailer tire, inspection revealed a nail in the tire and not enough tread left to repair it, the other tire was a little better but why take chances, $145 later 2 new tires. Registration is every 2 years and you guessed it this is my year so $53 later were legal again. 3 days later its time for the annual boat insurance payment, another $225 and were insured for the year. A week later while tied at the dock the boat starts drifting away when it should be snugged up against the fenders, quick work with a local boats hook and we retrieve it and find out all our dock lines are falling apart. So much for synthetic lines that arent supposed to rot or mildew, and 2 of my "floating" fenders are now trash at the bottom of the lake. Never thought plastic fenders would sink but I watched them go down like the Titanic. $170 later new dock lines, fenders, ski ropes, and anchor ropes. Should be good for another 10 years, Maybe? A few days later the trailer bunks start making loud noises during loading and off-loading, yep the wood is rotted. A trip to Home Depot for supplies, $130 in wood, carpet, and assorted other items, a new set of bunks is manufactured, drop the boat in the water, break out the battery powered drills and the wife and I have a new set of bunks on the trailer in less than 40 minutes, just in time to take an afternoon ride/swim on the lake to cool down. And now the last trip to the lake the auto bilge pump kicks on, weird theres no real waves on the lake, oh shoot did I forget to put the drain plug in? A quick check over the transom shows thats not the problem. Lift the rear deck and see the engine has a new drain point, yep 1 freeze plug on each side of the block has popped out and is pumping water into the bilge, luckily the engine wasnt hot, I'm not sure how much heat the plastic bilge pump could withstand. Another trip to the shop since I dont have the time to fix the boat myself and it looks like we'll be about $450 lighter in the wallet, probably a good time to replace the water pump while were at it. I passed on the recommended tune-up since we have less that 40 hours on the engine. So $1700+ into the boating season and we still have until late September or early October depending on the weather, I dont know if I'll be able to afford the summer.