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Old 04-09-2019, 16:31   #1
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Annual maintenance costs of living aboard at anchor

Hi everyone my dream is to buy a used boat and live aboard at anchor in the Rio Dulce. I'm trying to estimate my budget to make sure I have enough money to make the leap. I actually don't plan to do any cruising, just living at anchor. I figure I need to plan for annual haul out and bottom paint to make sure the boat doesn't take on water. What other maintenance and/or repair issues do I need to budget for if I just keep the boat at anchor? Thanks in advance for all the advice!!!
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Re: Annual maintenance costs of living aboard at anchor

In addition to the "houseboat" you'll want to consider cost of acquisition, care, and feeding for a dinghy... assuming you'll need to go ashore from time to time.

You'll likely want to consider access to fresh water. Would a watermaker work? Or must you transport? Et cetera...

And then there's periodic pump-outs, assuming local law might prohibit dumping.

Why Rio Dulce?

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Re: Annual maintenance costs of living aboard at anchor

Thank you for your reply and advice!! I plan to install a water maker. I'm considering Rio Dulce because of its year round protection from hurricanes but I am open to other places as well

How much do you think the annual cost of care and feeding for a dinghy would be?

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In addition to the "houseboat" you'll want to consider cost of acquisition, care, and feeding for a dinghy... assuming you'll need to go ashore from time to time.

You'll likely want to consider access to fresh water. Would a watermaker work? Or must you transport? Et cetera...

And then there's periodic pump-outs, assuming local law might prohibit dumping.

Why Rio Dulce?

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. I actually don't plan to do any cruising, just living at anchor. I figure I need to plan for annual haul out and bottom paint to make sure the boat doesn't take on water. What other maintenance and/or repair issues do I need to budget for if I just keep the boat at anchor?
Hardy any if you don't care if your "boat" can move. Just internal wear and tear like pumps, heads, wiring, and component wear and tear. Heck why even haul and paint the bottom?
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Hardy any if you don't care if your "boat" can move. Just internal wear and tear like pumps, heads, wiring, and component wear and tear. Heck why even haul and paint the bottom?
Thanks for your feedback Sailor boy! Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that it would be needed to protect the durability of the boat and prevent leaks. If I'm wrong and it's not required please let me know!
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Re: Annual maintenance costs of living aboard at anchor

Rio Dulce is less expensive than many other places for boat work. Friends on Vela, IP40, are there now - https://www.facebook.com/VelaBoat/

Rio Dulce has a reputation for being hard on watermakers. There are a lot of particulates and runoff. I chatted with a fellow who had to change his membranes after a summer in Rio Dulce due to high TDS and "slime" on his membranes.

No need to haulout every year, but you will want to have your bottom cleaned monthly. Local divers are inexpensive. Check out the Rio Dulce Cruisers facebook group for specifics.

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Every dime you have should just cover it..
Thats just the way folk are wired.
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Have you been to the Rio Dulce yet first of all?

If yes have you been there in August?

It will cost as much as you can afford plus 500.00/month.
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Have you been to the Rio Dulce yet first of all?

If yes have you been there in August?

It will cost as much as you can afford plus 500.00/month.
No I haven't been there yet. I'm still doing research into the area so any insight you can provide would be helpful. I'm not sure what you mean by what I can afford +$500? Can you please clarify?
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I’ve been there and met many who live there aboard, none at anchor. Most were raging alcoholics for starters.

How’s your Spanish as well? If living there year round it’s going to help.

Whatever you have plus 500.00?

That’s how it works. Human nature. If asking this question in the first place odds are you have an extremely limited budget. Is this true?

Another thing to consider, what do you plan on “doing” down there?

If mission work in the villages, good on ya. If sitting at anchor and going into town to check mail for your check, not so much.

If hell bent for Sunday to do this get down there and over to Mario’s Marina and rent a cabin for a month and see what you think.

You don’t want to end up being “that guy” sitting on a derelict boat at anchor in a third world country with 110% humidity.
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I think you are putting the cart before the horse in choosing Rio Dulce.

It's hot here. ALL THE TIME. I'm the only person in my marina that doesn't use their air conditioner. It's in the high 80s/low 90s year round with 90% humidity. You'll break into a sweat just sitting down. Unless you have a mega solar/battery setup you won't be able to run Ac. If you want to run a generator to power Ac then fuel is $4 a gallon.

Fronteras is a small town. There really isn't much to do here in the way of activities. Being a small town, shopping is very limited. Most of the things you'd find in a grocery store back home you won't find here.

Very little English is spoken here. Like none. If you aren't conversational in Spanish or willing to learn your interactions with local culture is going to be limited.

Your Visa will expire every 90 days. You'll need to leave the G4 countries. Guatemala, Honduras, el Salvador, Nicaragua.

Do you have a plan to overcome any of these issues?
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Most were raging alcoholics for starters.

Another thing to consider, what do you plan on “doing” down there?
I bet that second sentence is answer for the first.
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What LLCoolDave said :-)

The dream always bumps up against the reality.

QUOTE=LLCoolDave;2969771]I think you are putting the cart before the horse in choosing Rio Dulce.

It's hot here. ALL THE TIME. I'm the only person in my marina that doesn't use their air conditioner. It's in the high 80s/low 90s year round with 90% humidity. You'll break into a sweat just sitting down. Unless you have a mega solar/battery setup you won't be able to run Ac. If you want to run a generator to power Ac then fuel is $4 a gallon.

Fronteras is a small town. There really isn't much to do here in the way of activities. Being a small town, shopping is very limited. Most of the things you'd find in a grocery store back home you won't find here.

Very little English is spoken here. Like none. If you aren't conversational in Spanish or willing to learn your interactions with local culture is going to be limited.

Your Visa will expire every 90 days. You'll need to leave the G4 countries. Guatemala, Honduras, el Salvador, Nicaragua.

Do you have a plan to overcome any of these issues?[/QUOTE]
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How did we go from the thread linked below where the first question I asked you was about your monthly budget and where you answered...
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To this thread where now you're asking about expenses. Did those plans change and work no longer is going to cover your expenses? Are you still looking for an old cruise ship?
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How did we go from the thread linked below where the first question I asked you was about your monthly budget and where you answered...





Looking to buy used large ship



To this thread where now you're asking about expenses. Did those plans change and work no longer is going to cover your expenses? Are you still looking for an old cruise ship?
I'm looking to minimize my expenses as much as possible to increase my profit (I'm self employed and work primarily online). I'm looking for any used boat, not necessarily a cruise ship (which was more of a pipe dream haha)
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