I'm not sure an older boat, 30-50 years old costs any more to maintain then a 5-10 year old boat does. I should mention that I did spend a chunk O money
when I first purchased my boat. New lights, radio
, electrical panels
, new plumbing
distribution, etc. But I knew it had not been maintained and even with that chunk of money
it just brought the total price
up to the then average cost for my old boat. Deferred maintenance does cost, but usually that is reflected in the purchase
price as well.
Most older boats have been repowered with new tankage. That was the case with mine and was a big factor in purchasing
the boat. The motor
then failed after 6 years of my ownership
. For me it was major, but not as major as paying someone else to change it out or repair it.
A bottom job or a engine
rebuilt did shoot my maintenance costs for those years to right near 10%, luckily, neither happens often. But for me with my dinky boat with its spartan systems, it runs somewhere around $500/year (3-4%), even with an add for the 5-6 year bottom job.
will be coming up due on the Rose. I've already replaced the head
stay. That will be a 10% year too with my costs at about $1000, for a spool of wire and staylock cones. I do inspect the rigging at least twice a year.
No question that a long ocean passage
is much harder on a boat then coastal cruising. Chafe alone is a biggy.
Yes I do have maintenance costs, but I keep my costs lower by shopping
around and sometimes designing my own systems.
My vented propane
heater being a prime example. I made the vent and vent cap out of recycled copper for less then $100 total for parts
. That and a draft hood
on a ventless mr. buddy heater ($60). But I'm an engineer
, I can do that. The vent cap has remain drip free, even with the heavy rains and 50 knots winds from last week. My whole propane heating
system cost less then just the stainless flue and vent of the typical Dickinson
My new RV stove is on its way ($280 new with shipping), I'll transfer the gimbol, and fiddle bits from the old 42 year old Trav'ler RV stove to the new one, while saving a ton of money over a new "Marine" stove that works and lasts no longer then an RV stove.
Four of my seacocks are original, but they are real tapered bronze seacocks and will probably outlast me. The Heathkit (homemade kit) depth sounder
with nixie tubes, also is 42 years old and shows no sign of failing. I do have a raymarine depth sounder
also, that I installed, but I expect the raymarine
unit may fail first.
I purchased slightly used anchor
chain ( it looked new) from a fellow for about $0.60/foot for 5/16" BBB. I purchased a new simrad wheel
pilot years ago for $500. A new whale diaphragm
pump for $30 at a marine
I reduce costs, by avoiding "marine" stores as much as possible and by buying
good used and sometime new from private parties, consignment shops and ebay. If you purchase
everthing at real marine
stores, its may cost 10% a year or $1000 a month. For the penny pinching sailor, there are other options.