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Old 10-11-2015, 12:53   #1
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Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

Is there any rule of thumb as boat cost to sail 1,000nm. I am hoping since humans have been sailing for ...ever that by now there are costs to sail a 30', 40', 50' boats.

I would be interested is knowing the difference if I sail from Florida or Virginia to the Caribbean.

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Old 10-11-2015, 14:26   #2
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

sailing is free...

firing up that diesel and motoring 1000nm is going to cost you roughly 115 gallons of fuel, figuring for a 40' sailboat at a burn rate of about .75 gallons an hour, with fuel costing roughly $3.50/gallon = $402.50
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

I think he's looking for an operating costs above just the direct cost of moving. So wear and tear and such.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

Sails last about 28,000 miles or so.
Running rigging lasts about twice that.
I would say no less then $300 on our 48' yacht.
Just in wear and tear. We also start the genney every morning for an hour to top the batteries.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

Food, beer, wine etc as well
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

The "cost" will depend on how you pro-rate all the ownerships and operational costs of the boat, over a period of years, including all the maintenance costs and immediate out-of-pocket expenses like the cost of clearing in to whatever country you are going to. And any specific costs for preparing the boat for the crossing. And the "cost" of your lost wages or vacation time, if any. And a host of other factors.

The question is phrased too simply to get a meaningful answer.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

It really depends on the quality of the rum. We stick to Malibu so 1000nm is about $100 calculated at 5 days, a bottle per day, and $20 per bottle. .


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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

$20 a bottle will fetch Gosling's Black Seal... just sayin
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Old 10-11-2015, 15:05   #9
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

You need to describe "sail". So many variables. If you sail slowly your stuff last longer. If you sail with the rail in the water with rigging stretched flat out like a banjo you might break stuff. How you take care of your boat might have a direct relation on how long it last. Bottom paint, zinks, oil changes, keeping a dry bildge etc, etc have a bearing too. Sure the wind is free, but not really. Most people I know dont even sail their boat, they just motor down the ICW 50 miles/day and stop at a marina every night. So 1000 miles = 20 days x approx. 100/night marina = $2000 for the trip plus fuel and food. Looks like about $2500-$3000. These marina sailors are the same people who ask me how big my fuel tank is and when I say 400 gallons, they say Wow !!! thats alot to fill up. Thats why we anchor out most of the time. I'm off the subject I know but it still cost money to travel and its all up to you how much. If you buy a sailboat that has new sails and rigging you might get a free pass for the next 5 years. I'm looking for a sailboat myself to purchase. I cant wait to get that nice weather window South and go straight to the islands dragging fishing lures behind the boat. I think insurance, food, marina fees might be more expensive cost though.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

I did a calculation about that going down the ICW stopping every 5 or 6 day in a marina with fuel food and marina cost it came to a $1.00 mile based on $3.00 fuel...1/2 gal and hr burn rate...$45.00 dollar marina cost (30 footer @ $1.50 per foot) 10 hr days...no allowance for bad weather or delays @ 50 miles per day average..food cost was a variable.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

I was really thinking wear and tear on the running gear, sails, hatches, engine etc. as well as fuel.

I am thinking a marina about every 4 or 5 days for 1 night.

A 33' sailboat is less expensive to sail than a 40' sailboat and 40' less expensive to sail than a 50' sailboat. But no published historical data on over ownership cost per 1,000nm?



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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

check out "The Voyager's Handbook" by Beth Leonard. she lays out costs for cruising for three sizes of boats in some detail.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

It's $16.83/1000 NM on the sailing budget plan.
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

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It's $16.83/1000 NM on the sailing budget plan.

See, this is where we differ.....I will first ask what thousand miles we're considering. Some thousand miles cost nothing, but the next may cost thousands. Although I'm almost sure the answer is 42.


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Old 10-11-2015, 16:27   #15
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Re: Cost to sail 1,000 nm.

The reason I asked this question is I will be moving. I want to move to the east coast to have ocean access. I can move to Va. or move to Fl.

From my research Va. east coast might not be a bad place to call 'home port'. Cost to haul out is not bad.

Florida is approx 1,000 miles further south. That started the question but then I thought it is good information to know anyway. Good general knowledge.

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