I'm considering buying
a cruising catamaran
in a few months and wanted to get your opinion on costs. I live in California
and can find a few suitable boats on this coast, but better buys in Texas
. I ran a price
check on "dockwise" to see what transport costs would be through the Panama Canal
. Well, I can't remember exactly, but it was way more than I thought it would be. I was thinking that maybe I could sail a boat down to the Caribbean
side of the canal and have someone skipper
the boat up to California
from there, which is a much longer trip. Is there a standard rate per mile or week?
Apart from that, I'm looking at boats ranging from the PDQ32 to Manta38. The former are simple with two 9.9 Yamahas, while Mantas are loaded with equipment
and have saildrives. I know this is a general question, but what might a ballpark estimate be for annual fees
be for these? What costs should I be looking at, i.e. haulout charges, bottom cleaning
and painting, etc...I know I'm bound to leave something big out and someone here will likely help me think more clearly about the choice of small and simple versus big and loaded.
Thanks in advance!