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Old 01-04-2016, 09:25   #1
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Yearly cost of ownership

I was wondering what folks here spend for regular maintenance every year for one engine. Regular maintenance being Winterizing, De-winterizing and oil change.

How often do most paint the bottom of their boat, assuming it stays in fresh water all year.
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Depends on the engine (how much oil in the pan, cost of the filter). Do you do the maintenance or do you pay someone to do it?
I live aboard and the engine room and bilges don't freeze in the winter. I winter in SE Alaska or coastal Oregon. Other than anti-freeze in the engines and fogging oil if the engines are going to sit, I do no special winterizing. And I've been doing it this way for 50+ years.
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Lepke,
I assume you have a inboard. How often do you take your boat out of the water to check the bottom? Being in salt water, how often had you have to repaint?

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I nearly got arrested yesterday for touching up some bottom paint at low tide so that might add to this years cost......
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I have twin inboards, Detroit 671s and two generators.
I was taught every year in salt water and every 3 years in fresh water. I have a wood hull, but with a copper sheeted bottom. A previous owner planned on using the boat in the tropics. After fixing some wiring problems, my zincs will last years.
Even with a 100% copper bottom, paint is still needed. But I don't have the usual wood hull leaks.
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Re: Yearly cost of ownership

Lot of variables here... size of boat for starters...and how much the engines are run. I change about every 75 hrs... a filter and about 5 quarts of oil.... these days the way I use the boat it's about 3 or 4 changes / yr. I usually change oil and filter for winter lay up regardless. ($50??? per)

winterizing... antifreeze... $15

Bottom paint for me is about a gallon. The boat needs to be hauled and blocked, power washed. Then maybe some wet sanding, masking, bushes, thinners, roller pan and sleeve, new zinc(s) ($350? yard does it x 2.5)

Wax hull... super structure $50 yard does it x 8

36' sail, Long Island NY

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Lot of variables here... size of boat for starters...and how much the engines are run. I change about every 75 hrs... a filter and about 5 quarts of oil.... these days the way I use the boat it's about 3 or 4 changes / yr. I usually change oil and filter for winter lay up regardless. ($50??? per)


winterizing... antifreeze... $15

Bottom paint for me is about a gallon. The boat needs to be hauled and blocked, power washed. Then maybe some wet sanding, masking, bushes, thinners, roller pan and sleeve, new zinc(s) ($350? yard does it x 2.5)

Wax hull... super structure $50 yard does it x 8

36' sail, Long Island NY

YMMV

Sea Ray 320, 32ft, Twin Mercruiser 350 Horizon 300HP FWC, V-drive, plan to leave in water over winter, with bubbler, like other boats.

I hear you don't have to de-winterise as you just start things up in the spring.

I will have to pay someone to do most of the stuff since age is catching up. But then again, it is because of age that I now have time to boat

I am not familiar with Zinc(s) , how does that factor into fresh water versus sea water ?
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