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Old 12-11-2011, 06:43   #16
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Re: My 2011 Boating Costs

Don,

One comment on your boat vs house expenses. If you don't consider the costs for upgrades to the boat then your annual boat costs will be quite similar to your house costs. Since upgrades are not usually an ongoing annual expense and can happen to homes and boats (believe me I know, just ask what we've spent in the last ten years on upgrading our old house), then should that not be in a separate category?

I think once I'm done with the refit my costs for annual repairs, upgrades and such will be minimal for a while.

For comparision, before I hauled my annual expenses.

Insurance $1400
fuel, normal $100
fuel, ICW CT to FL $500
mooring rent RI $1500

Dock rent, N FL $350-$400/month
haul for bottom paint, etc FL - $400, CT $800
overnight transient docking, New England - $120 and up. South of NY, $50-$80,

As you can see, much cheaper in FL that New England, plus you get to sail year round.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:46   #17
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. Did you include this in your totals, every time you stopped by West Marine on the way home and dropped $20 - $40 on small stuff?
Yes! My numbers even include stopping at the hardware store to get bolts/nuts etc for doing things. If I got boat soap to clean the deck it went in the spreadsheet.

I would bet that there is less than $30 than was spent on the boat that wasn't recorded. But if you notice maintenance was small compared to just keeping the boat in the water and stored.


PS - you manage to stop at WM and only do "small stuff"? Maybe I need some tips? But I were I probably would record as "small stuff" in my spreadsheet.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:55   #18
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PS - you manage to stop at WM and only do "small stuff"? Maybe I need some tips? But I were I probably would record as "small stuff" in my spreadsheet.
Not often but it has happened. If I'm in a hurry, have some boat item in parts all over the galley/cockpit/counter and I need a hoseclamp/bolt/tool to put it back together right now I have been known to run in, buy the hoseclamp/bolt/tool and leave while averting my eyes from the new GPS/radio/chart plotter/radar/pump/chart kit for the south seas, thus saving my boat buck until the next time.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:59   #19
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HAHAHA...Don't get your hopes up. I spent $20 this year on a diver, to replace my prop zinc. So YMMV
Are you saying your hull didn't need cleaning for all that time?
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:04   #20
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I'm surprised more people haven't posted their costs in the thread.
Maybe their getting out their abacus or calculator to sum it all up?

It is nice to get some actual numbers to help those of us who are still in the planning stages. It's nice to know all the other details that go into boat ownership.

Thanks!
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My Buddy who has a big powerboat and just cruises locally spent $24000 on diesel fuel last year!
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:15   #22
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Insurance $ 950
mooring/launch rent $900
Winter wet $ 825
Annual haul paint $1300

I do my own maintenance
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:37   #23
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Mooring: $2700 pa, inc water & electric.
Insurance: $105 pa
Fuel: $10 per year (we don't use engine much!)
Everything else, don't know... ignorance is bliss for marital harmony!!!
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Re: My 2011 Boating Costs

On the bottom cleaning, I have taken a brush to the sides now and then. But when the diver changed the zinc, he said the hull did not look that bad. I do sail alot and have ablative paint
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So mine looks like this ...

3300 for my slip at Reed Point Marina
650 for HUB Insurance ($40K value)
220 for Fuel
510 Haul-out Cleaning and Bottom Paint (had paint)
120 Maintenance

Total: $4800 for the year.

Logged 39 trips and 92 days on the boat exploring the beautiful Pacific North West which adds up to $52.17 per day sailing! Good Deal!

What I really like about this is that to head off for a weekend costs next to nothing with fuel at $1.35/hour (when the wind is not blowing). I see the big power boats going by eating 6 to 12 gallons per hour at $6/gal and I am glad I chose to catch the wind.
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Since I'm not quite done with the refit my expenses are hopefully not typical of what they will be once I'm actually back in the water. At least I hope I won't have to replace the cutlass bearing, motor mounts, rigging, sails and such on an annual basis.

Maybe a new thread on what it costs to overhaul a used boat. Or I can just hijack your thread.
That's a really good idea
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$12675 so far this year with a month and a half left.
$17680 last year starting in September when I bought this boat.
$10000 in the budget for 2012, as I have the boat setup the way I want and I am hoping not many things break
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...when the diver changed the zinc, he said the hull did not look that bad.
A tad hard to believe, based on my experience. Where does your boat live? If memory serves, it used to live on the Estuary. Pacific & Alameda marinas respectively, I think.
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A tad hard to believe, based on my experience. Where does your boat live? If memory serves, it used to live on the Estuary. Pacific & Alameda marinas respectively, I think.

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Not looking for the business. Just trying to get people to have realistic hull maintenance expectations. Cleaning frequencies are typically 2-3 months in the main part of San Francisco Bay. So when someone says they have gone all year without a cleaning yet their bottom is "not that bad", I have to wonder.
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