Originally Posted by CaptForce
I've kept a 1973 41' fiberglass
ketch on the US East Coast
for thirty years. I've spent an average of about $500/month over those years. Many months are with little or no expense and then there comes a big ticket item. I am doing much of the labor myself and I shop for price & quality. I'm offering this number of $500/month, but you should realize many who spend more could do well with less and many who spend less need much more! Your labor and the condition of the boat are huge variables.
edit: I just noticed the wood main & mizzen. My first thought was just wood spreaders that could easily be refabricated to aluminum as I did with my old boat. I would figure the entire cost of replacing the rig into the purchase
price. Some years of maintaining the wood spars can cost as much as a new aluminum set. Once again, there is the DIY factor, but few have the facilities to keep up with this kind of DIY maintenance.
This strikes me as a sound average on which to base your assumptions. A boat with a solar
panel and two 6V Group 27s ganged to run a VHF
and a berth light will be cheaper than a more elaborately equipped vessel, which is why your question is basically unanswerable. The constant, however, is that jobs rarely cost the same amount. I've had six months during which I've bought a cotter pin and two rolls of electrical
tape, but I may have done a lot of painting, soldering, crimping and lubricating in that period: I just didn't spend anything. Then the VHF
finder go over the same weekend, and I have to empty the piggy bank.
So it's a function of complexity, your aptitude and your willingness to make daily maintenance...even if it's only 15 minutes of bilge
checking and switch-flicking...a part of your boating