Big projects aside....Like Cushions
, dodgers, standing rigging etc....and not including slip or mooring fees
...I probably spend about $1,000 a year..maintaining, and then improving my 34 footer. Things that I consider must-do's
Every year: Fuel
filters, oil change
, oil filter
, Zincs for the prop/shaft/heat exchanger/engine. Transmission
fluid, Brightwork treatment( cetol, natural), Wax for the hull
, Bottom paint
every 2 years, touch up every year. ($200. us gal.) antifreeze
, Holding tank
treatment, Stainless steel
Clean and lubricate winches, Clean and lubricate seacocks. replace Impeller.
Every year, you are going to want to throw in an extra or two as needed to keep things in bristol shape.I chip away at these.
(This is not a complete list..)
Check ground tackle..
replace hoses and clamps connected to seacocks,
replace engine hoses/clamps to cooling
Check hoses to head/ holding tank/ possible rebuild head
Check fresh water
systems hoses, pumps etc.
running rigging...sheets, and control lines..halyards
Check shaft packing
pumps, sump pumps
Now and then...something will simply break or fail..and you'll need to replace it. Heat exchangers, Water Pumps...etc etc.
Then you have the big things that you might want to do or need to do depending on their condition.
Sails, Cushions, Standing Rigging, Wiriing, tenders, Canvas- dodger/ bimini
Upgrading electronics etc. These are the things you have to make an assessment of and then budget
for them..as they can be big ticket items.
If you owned a home, you are always maintaining, fixing, and improving things ,so a boat is no different. Except...a house is likely to appreciate in value...
With a few exceptions ..a boat will depreciate in value, no matter how much time, money and effort you put into it. So it becomes a labor of love...or insanity..depending upon your viewpoint.....apparently your friends think the latter.
But, I'll bet you they'll come sailing and help drink your beer
..on a nice day!! If they're good friends they'll come help on the work days!