Something in this thread seems odd!
thomm255 and others seem to be criticizing some of us for spending too much money on our boats and then extend the complaint with "those folks are mostly dock
queens who don't sail and don't know how to sail."
But, some of us are spending lots of money on our boat's because we use them a lot and wear out stuff, stuff that seems to me to be essential. We own a big complex, comfortable, and very safe boat. I would be interested in knowing how to reduce my cost of ownership
My example of expenditures included $6,000 for sails. I replaced sails that were 15-years old and had twice sailed from Seattle
to San Diego
and had spent three years cruising full time in tropical sun. IMHO we got that many years of usage because we spent a lot of money in 1999 for very well made custom sails.
Is there a suggestion that we did not need to spend money on sails? The boat is 21-years old and is sailed a lot. Is there some suggestion that we not replace the sails?
The expenditures included $4,000 for replacement of old worn out parts on the 21-year old Yanmar diesel
that has 2,900 hours on it. The heat exchanger
and mixing elbow
are pretty important items and the diesel
will not run without them. The starter is also essential and needed replacement.
The mixing elbow
is supposed to be replaced every five to ten years but I got 21 out of it by careful maintenance
. Eventually things do wear out, when used a lot, and have to be replaced. Or, does someone know how to avoid wear and tear?
Can someone tell me how to avoid that $4,000 expense? Do a Pardey
We sail hard and carry a lot of big sails - the $500 halyards are relatively important and we probably cannot operate the sailboat without them. I pointed out that I purchased the halyards for a heavily discounted price
and purchased less than high tech material. I did all the work myself and paid less that some here suggested I need spend.
SO - how could I have avoided the expense of replacing 480-feet of 15-year old halyards that had seen a lot of ocean miles and tropical sun?
The 20-year old autopilot
, which I had already twice rebuilt, had over 20,000 miles and 5,000 hours of usage on it, and just would not work any longer. We spent $3,000 to replace it with a run of the mill Raymarine autopilot
. I single-hand a lot and that auto-pilot is critical to my safe sailing.
How could I avoid the autopilot expense? Maybe someone can tell me how to singlehand a 40-foot boat at sea with no autopilot. And, YES, we do have a windvane
that works perfectly.
The 21-year old prop shaft was badly galled and was frequently wearing out the packing gland
material. I spent 30 or so hours polishing the prop shaft to remove the crevice corrosion
but to no good result. Was there a way I could have not replace the $600 prop shaft?
The Maxprop had 1,800 hours on it since the last rebuild
and had some pitted blades that needed reworking. I could have ignored that $300 expense but eventually the blades would have needed replacement at a cost of $3,000. I guess I could have avoided the $300 expense by putting my 18" 3-blade fixed prop back on the boat.
, here in the warm San Diego water
and even more so in Mexico
, is pretty important to keep the boat moveable. I manage to get 4-years out of a bottom paint
job but I can not figure out any way to avoid the cost of 2-gallons of paint ($550) and the $350 yard fee to haul the boat and put her on jackstands for three days.
The expenses I list above total over $15,000 in a three year period. Please, someone tell me how I could own a 20-year old well used cruiser and not spend any of that money?
The following list of expenses seems unavoidable but maybe some of those who think we spend to much on cruising can tell me how to not spend this money:
- diesel oil
($15 every 150 hours)
filters ($30 every 300 hours)
heater ($500 every 14-years)
- prop, shaft, strut zincs ($100 every year)
($120 a year)
element in stove ($90 every 14 years)
- pressure switch on water pump ($38 every 3-years)
- light bulbs ($25 a year)
Nickels and dimes add up when you live full time on a boat in the hot sunshine!
I guess I could have spent $2,500 on the main rather than $5,800 but, I love to sail, sail hard, sail in all conditions, and really like my hi-tech flat cut fully battened main. I did have, for five years, a less expensive main with more belly and less roach. But, that sail stretched in the gusts, the draft
moved aft, and I had to drag 13 or so degrees rudder
around to keep from rounding up. The sail North custom made for me solved
all those problems and I think the extra $4,000 I spent on it was an excellent purchase
Who can tell me where I could have saved money or not spent money?