Originally Posted by donradcliffe
Having had both a 42 ft trawler
and a 45 ft sailboat, I can tell you that this is just not true.
We also replaced our sails and rigging every 10 years for $10,000, or an average of $1,000/year for full time sailing.
Now try doing the numbers again using a 50 ft performance cat in Australia
alone will eat your $10k and will most likely be rags before your 10 years is up plus headsails and deck hardware
. (based on my own obserbvations on my well used 10metre cat and observations on other "well sailed" multis in may area)
I did my numbers here for mine several years ago and there was an initial outlay of $70k +- in mast
, winches, track and traveler clutches and sails
Probably closer to $100k now?.
plus the cost of replacement gear
if left in a bank account here would earn me almost
a years worth of fuel
Or you could use it for something that earns a lot more than that, which is what I did.
The 50ft trawler
in my sig has a 6lxb Gardner in it
They reckon it uses
After cruising the boat for twelve months we are consistently getting 7 - 8 litres per hour at 7 knots (1100 RPM) and we are ecstatic!!
1 litre a nautical mile.
Thats almost half the fuel
usage of your example.
Perhaps you need to try a different boat.