This year for me has been a little more exciting then normal. Really for the previous three years there was not that much breaking. Well ok I did toss a leaking water
heater off last year and just use a pot to heat water on the stove.
This year, wow. Lets see, I rebuild
the raw water pump
. Then the major engine overhaul
. Rebuilt the head
, cleaned the sea strainer, new packing in the prop packing gland
. Changed a broken breaker out. Have another one I need to replace now on the list. Painted most of the exterior teak
, going for that work boat, lower maintenance
look. Installed another reading lamp, some varnishing, etc. etc.
With everything this year, including the engine rebuild
, It was about 10 percent of my rather cheap
vessels cost. Averaging everything over the last 6-7 years makes the yearly maintenance
cost including bottom jobs about 5 percent of ownership
. Of course I do ALL my own labor, so save quite a bit over marine
labor. Plus its been four years since the last bottom job. Maybe that will be on next years list. Still no hard growth on the hull
But I've also enjoyed a commute free life, sunsets, blue sky's and overall very little stress compared to the average 9 to 5 workaday folks..