It has cost considerably more than I budgeted but then a lot of people told me I could NOT do it on my intended budget
I costed out the aluminium, estimated construction time of the shell and then a list of all the fittings electronics
I intended to do most of the fitting out myself.
Well, the construction of the shell etc was fine but it did cost a bit more to add extras which I didn't allow for, ladders, swim steps,trim tabs, mast
tabernacle. two 500 liter fuel tanks
Cost to this stage was probably AUS$60,000
Motors, anchor winch
,air conditioner,batteries,electronics etc etc AUS$60,000.
What I understimated was the use of contractors for jobs I just could not do properly. The wiring
for 240volt power with the inverter
and 200 amp alternator
probably cost $8,000
The setting up of the fuel
lines/cables etc for the engines $5,000
My standard of workmanship for the internal timberwork was just not up to scratch so i had to use a shipwright for part of the internal work.
All up $180,000.
Yes that is more than I estimated BUT I am very happy with the end result, and I have got one hell of a boat.
At 40 ft she will handle the seas well and I couldn't go any longer if I wanted to be able to go into a shipping
The boat is fully equipped with twin 30 hp motors/ sails/ GPS/ radar
, a desalinator, a 200amp power supply, 800amp hours of AGM
has a large shower
and toilet, hot water
machine and a medium size fridge and separate freezer
, and a convection yype microwave.
We have a large aft deck
(screened) and an even larger top deck
for our solid dingy and two motorised bicycles.