Originally Posted by weavis
The intention of this thread was to show that boating can be afforded by those with meagre pockets.Careful and judicious purchase of a vessel, a lot of hard work and an eye for a bargain will set a person on the boating track.
I've lived on my boat for 9 years now and on someone elses boat for 2 years before that. Mostly because I love the water
. I know that boating can be affordable without big pockets as I've been doing it.
I purchased my boat with part of my dads estate funds for $11.5k. It was a semi-project boat. But nothing major. Spent about $8k ish redoing the plumbing
, including all new lights, etc.etc.etc.
Things I have done that saved a bit of cash include.
a spool of 1/2" doublebraid for 55 cents a foot (on sale) 9 years ago. I still have 150 feet of it aboard new. Also taught myself how to do eye splices.
2. My 120V fridge and inverter
for $200 instead of a $800 12V system. After 6000+ miles in 9 years (a goodly part on the hook) it's still going strong.
3. Purchased a used mainsail
for $300 ish and it's still in good condition.
4. Purchased slightly used anchor
chain for $0.80/foot.
5. Used latex paint
to protect the furling jib
from UV instead of 10+ yards of sunbrella. $12 for a quart of paint
with $6 touch up every 2 years. It does the job and gee got it in hot pink too. A win, win.
6. Used the same paint to paint the cap rails, which saves $100 year for varnish
, sandpaper, etc and my sanity. That no sanding
thingy was a bonus.
7. Dyneema Lifelines
and topping lift
8. New stove that saved $900 over a Marine
9. Purchased a 8" thick foam bed
in a box from wallyworld for $200 and cut it to match the Vberth.
10. Made a bimini
for $150 including 6 yards of sunbrella (pink) for the hot delta
11. Sun shades made from canvas
drop cloths for $20 ish each plus some groments. Used 5 summers in the hot califonia delta
and still doing well.
12. $10 garden sprayer for a solar shower
. Easier to fill and lasts tons longer then the Marine
13. Feed buckets $6 from farm stores, used to fetch water
(whatever the boats sitting in for washing
dishes and decks. Heavy duty with heavy duty handles and one flat side which makes carrying it easier.
Of course I do almost all my own work (just rebuilt the head
again, My least favorite boat project). Replaced the fuel
filters a month ago along with new fan belts, etc. Love bleeding the yanmar
Things I don't skimp on: engine parts
and ground tackle. Though I will shop ebay when I can find the part there.