It's often said that boats are sold by the pound; epoxy
, glass, aluminum
, stainless, and the labor to put it all together.
For the sake of argument, let's say you can buy a Gemini
Legacy for $275,000/9,400 pounds, or about $30/pound. A performance boat like the Stiletto 27--if one could be bought new-- would be about $80,000/1,250 pounds, or about $65/pound. Gunboats run about $80/pound. Ouch. Used cars, on the other hand, run perhaps $2-$4/pound; though they don't float so well, they do fly to windward.
What would we pay for a lighter boat with better performance, strength being the same? Would we pay $40/pound? Most of us bought used--I paid about $13/pound--but I'd spend a little for speed, maybe $20/pound. By that logic, we would pay ~ $20-30/pound for every bit we could save on our current
boat, whether from taking out the trash. Hauling less fuel
when practical, or pumping the holding tank
more often. We would evaluate every project
, looking for places to swap composites for steel
and Spectra for stainless steel
A post on the topic:
Sail Delmarva: Wieght
I look at everything as a $25/pound cost, from the stuff in the lockers to new projects. I think such a figure helps keep things in meaningfull perspective, a simple test.