Hi Sandygirl and welcome to the forum,
Hard to give you an exact answer on costs. The short, somewhat sarcastic answer is it costs as much as you want to spend. Like asking how much will a car cost. Depends on your budget
and what you want. You could buy a Ferrari or a Fiat. Either one will get you do the store for a carton of milk but one will cost a bit more than the other.
But maybe a little more information on your plans and goals will help narrow that down.
First place to start, how much do you want to budget
a boat? You already have experience as a boat owner so you know to keep some aside for ongoing maintenance
so just how much to spend on the initial purchase
You mention the two children
and two grandchildren. Are you looking for a boat with accommodations for all at once. Do the children
have spouses, SOs, partners or friends they would bring along as well? Bottom line, how many beds and cabins do you want?
You ask about a cruiser but don't specify. Over here cruiser could be power, sail, mulitihull, monohull
cruiser. Can you clarify what kind of cruiser you're considering?
Another question occurs to me. Over there, mooring
I think can mean renting
space at a marina. Over here mooring
is specifically not at a dock
but tied to a mooring ball in the harbor or possibly anchored. Staying at a marina can add dramatically to the costs, depending on where you keep the boat. Most docking
in southern France
or the Balearics will set you back a LOT. Eastern Med, places in Spain
, etc, not so much.
Any additional info or questions you can add will help the process.