Where I live... die hard boat users will be out on the lake from mid May to Mid Sept... 4 months. Lakes are too busy if you want nice water... so you have to be out at 6am and you will get 2 hours good riding.
So lets say you get out 3-4 days a week. That is approx 60 - 2hr sets for the summer.
Are there any boat owners out there that would be willing to rent their boat out to a very experienced user and rider... used in a very specific part of a lake for a cost of $60-$100/hr + gas. To be used a maximum of 2 hrs per day... and at a time where there are only 2-3 other boats on the entire lake... oh yeah... and invite yourself a along for a tow.
An X-Star owner around here has either refinanced the home or taken on a 20yr loan payment. So not only is there a boat payment, there is trailer insurance, boat insurance, boat maintenance, high operating/insurance cost of owning a truck rather than a car, parking costs at some marinas... and then you are at the mercy of the weather and boat traffic on your local lake...
I know for myself... when I sell my boat.. I will offer the new owner... if I can rent the boat back for $100/hr during the time of the day that they will never be using it. Its good for me... and good for the new owner..
WIN WIN in my opinion.
Note... this works for me... because I always invest in new things for the boat every winter... stereo gear, equipment etc... between the 8 wakeboards/boots, 5 surf boards, fat sacks out the ying yang, stereo gear etc... I know I would save a bundle if I didnt already own my boat! Thank god its paid for... but if there is a buy... I would be happy too!