Hi all...first post here..just found this site.
I'll just start by saying that a sailboat doesn't suit me as I am in tricky waters, have no desire to go around the world,like to have elbow
space,like having windows bigger than a canteloupe,and hate crawling up and down that dam step ladder you sailors call companionway
Maybe a better way would be to see how many actual hours a boat gets used,and if it's practical either way.
I prefer coastal cruisers 'cuz that's what suits me.
Living in Vancouver,it's easy for me to take off and be somewhere useful within an hour or 3-but with a sailboat or trawler it's very difficult to get away on a weekend to other than very local areas that one's been to many times before..
A friend has a large trawler,and he gets slightly better fuel mileage but his boat cost seven figures +,and mine 30% of that.
He uses his for his summer holidays only and the odd long weekend.
Mine has more useable space than his.
Another friend has a 42' sailboat:same sort of deal,he's too slow to get anywhere useful on a weekend,so he sails around English
Bay-which is fun for a while,but it gets boring.
I've read a few posts about how X boat used thousands of dollars to go 200 miles etc etc. but mention should be made of the mileage they could get if they slowed down.
I used to have a 39' Meridian aft cabin
,as much living space as a 45'+ trawler..and I burned just over 3 gallons at 7.5 knots= 2+ mpg. Cool thing is the mpg was almost the same mpg at 10 knots as it was at 21 knots.
It had more useable space than a friend's 53' sailboat,and he got a bit better mpg which irked him quite a bit.
A friends 60' Bluewater Cruiser at 9 knots uses under 3 gph-3 mpg-and it gets essentially the same mpg from 14 to 21 knots.
My Sea Ray
53' if you firewall it will burn 60 gph @ 30 knots but if you throttle her down to 8.5-9 knots (she wanders around a little ) she's around 5 gph so a little under 2 mpg.
Haven't measured in years,not worth bothering with.
But as a coastal cruiser,the 100-125 hours a year I use her (much more than average) works out to a couple-three grand a year-which is the same or less than my sailboat friends spend on booms,ropes,winches,sails etc. each year.
A recent rope winch
he bought would keep me fueled for a year.
He's looking at a new electric furling
boom with all the goodies,I think it's $12k.
And I do realize a few can make their own mast
,and go really cheap
on stuff...but offshore
in a storm I want that good hardware
to keep me alive.
I know about the fuel burning stigma etc etc but I work from home,live within 100 meters of all my shopping-so outside of visiting parents,I might drive 80 km /50 miles on a busy month.
My friend's trawler which rarely leaves the dock
: take the difference in price
,put in the bank at SFA interest rates=9 times more than I spend on fuel a year.
It's all dependant on how much and where the boat is really used,instead of what it's mileage is.
If it's not diesel
,it's a $25k mast-if it's not oil
changes and injectors it's $12k furlers and $2.5 k winches.
Either way it's Break Out Another Thousand, or Bend Over And Takeit.