Don't get this cost thing...here in St Martin
BOAT FIXING is $50.00 an hour unless you want to use some of the expensive people like ??? who send two people out all the time and chage $75.00/100.00 EACH....... so if my 'whatsit' packs up it does not cost more to repair on a Hinkley than an IP.....
Having a 15 year old Bennie we have a few things 'needing' replaced and two years ago we did a big upgrade replacing all our thro hulls and seacocks with Forespar Marelon ones.
We are constantly upgrading and this year two things NEEDED replaced one a Jabsco
Y Valve $100 here or $60 from the USA AND our E120 plotter went dark and sems to have died.....that is a BIG Boat Dollar item BUT we decided to upgrade to an E125 finidng a new one for $1,400 and not having to pay $3,000 plus the other bits needed to integrate the Seatalk
NG with our Seatalk
1 system. Oh and the Refrigeration
needed a wee regas......
All this sort of work we do ourselves But we pay to have the boat polished bottom cleaned and repainted....this year we have had the rudder
Copper Coated as a test to see if this is any good in the Caribbean
before we 'think' about having the whole boat CC'ed......
We replaced the Mainsail
three years ago and still have the Genoa
that came with the boat which was new in 2004/2005. WE love our Bennie BUT IF we had a Hinkley OR a GOD FORBID IP I really don't see how any of the expesnses would change.
NOT that a Hinkley is my sort of boat IF we were to go upmarket and were looking for a BIG NAME Boat that would I suspect be a Swan or an Xboat But then I am contemplating the DARK SIDE......probably a Lagoon 440
470 not because we 'need' the room but because I would like the ability to cruise
at 10+ knots easily. We cruise the Caribbean
planning on 6 knots but normally blow that away and 8 knots is our normal result for inter-island hopping. For sure that Hinkley with its long ends is going to have a quite different motion through the water
than the Bennie or an IP but I would have thought once it was fully powered up it would romp along.
AND of course once you have your Hinkley there are so many classic regattas that you can take part in, never mind the pride of ownership
, getting off the dock
is always going to be a problem with people asking you about 'your boat'.
My mindset says an IP is a wondefully 'marketed boat' WITH lots of problems and issues KNOWN problems and issues, Hinkleys I only know by reputation.
Maintaining a Hinkley OR an IP i see as a eachy peachy thing NO big difference UNLESS you are unluckly like we are this season with a BIG BOAT DOLLAR item dying......
Parked next to us here in St Martin
is 'something like a Hinkley...could easily be one long overhangs sweeping sheerline and looks lovely.....seems to have two engines as I saw two exhaust
pipes splooshing out water when they came in, We have a friend with multimillion pound 76 foot Modern Classic looks lovely and is an immense boat but looking at both these baots I don't feel any envy or desire to have one. I am happy with my Bennie and obviously lots of people are happy with their IP's too IF I was given the choice between the Hinkley and an IP that would be an easy decision for me obviously the OP does not have that clarity of thought.
Mind you posting
here and asking 'US' to help is a bit masochistic I was amazed at another thread on the Multi forum someone was contemplating <SIK> buying a $500,000 catamaran
and was asking here....why it was unsold, Obviously I have too much time on my hands gently bouncing here in Marigot Bay St Martin, must be something to do with having a well maintained 15 year old Bennie :-)