Originally Posted by mow2000
Thanks for all the replies. Seems like the main, expected expense will be the haul-out....
I owned a a couple 26-footers and have to say, the cost of haul out
and launching for me was far from the most expensive aspect of my average annual costs.
(on hard or slip) and insurance
were notably more as was general maintenance
and upgrades. As others have said, maintenace can vary greatly depending on the boat, what you can do yourself and your use and priorities.
Having to repaint the bottom comes to mind because it is a known regular maintenance issue, but that doesn't mean it will be the most expensive. Over 8 years of ownership
here are some maintenance issues that I had to address on my first pocker cruiser: New circuit board and wiring
upgrade. Replace 2 thru-hulls, replace all hose, rebuild head
, Replace blown out headsail, Replace VHF
transducer, replace, lower lifeline, replace main blocks and mainsheet, repower
, rebed all windows, sand and varnish
wood work yearly, repaint bottom every other year, paint hull
and topsides once, paint interior
once, upgrade dingy, replace foot pump for sink, run new wiring
and replace anchor
light remove sagging headliner
. In addition to maintenace, with time you may desire upgrades. For me this included adding: second, better anchor
and bow roller, GPS
, shelving upgrades, autopilot
and harenesses, solar cells, stereo, two access hatches.
The maintenance and upgrades you need will certainly vary greatly from this, but it gives you an idea of what can come up over the years, even on a small boat. It sounds like you may have free dockage and may be day sailing
more than crusing which will likely cut down your maintenance and upgrade needs as well as insurance costs notably. I'll also second that in many ways a 25-foot pocket cruiser
is much more affordable to maintain than a larger boat, but not in all ways. Many fees such as haul out storage
, dockage, etc may start at 30 feet. Insurance may not be notably less than on a 30-footer. (In fact, I found Bahamas
coverage much more difficult to get on a 26-footer.) It costs the same to to replace a 1 1/2 inch through hull
and seacock or replace the head on a 25-footer as it does a 35-footer. Same with most instruments and electronics