I am in the middle of the heaviest boat repair year ever
In the last year I have replaced windlass motor
hydraulic pump, and tons of other stuff. Now I just discovered I had to replace my entire bow thruster drive leg (thousands) and my cutlass bearing is shot.
I'm starting to think about new sails
(tens of thousands) and I will absolutely have to replace my entire electronics
suite this year (tens of thousands) if I pull the trigger on my prospective Iceland
voyage this summer.
is probably nearing the end of its life (tens of thousands). Propulsion
and decks (the two most expensive things on board) seem to be ok so far, but for how long?
I bought my boat three years ago. She was about eight years old, lightly used (830 engine
hours; 160 hours only on the genset; 7000 miles on the log; no ocean crossings). It seemed to me to be a good age to buy a boat -- still pretty modern, still in pretty good shape.
But for whatever reason, a boat that age seems to cost about the same as a new one. At least, what I paid was not far off of the original invoice price
. I guess a new one actually costs more because of all of the gear
the boat is not delivered with it, but the difference is not that great. Maybe prices have gone up since 2001.
Now I am starting to think that I made a mistake not buying
a new one. I would have an average 10 years of useful life in all of the major systems and components, compared to everything starting to wear out, as I am experiencing now.
It's not just the cost, it's a huge headache replacing all of these failing systems all the time. I love my boat and don't really plan on ever selling her -- maybe I'll be buried in her Viking-style. But if I ever did, I think I might go for new next time. Just imaging how nice it would be for every system to be new with a lot of life left. It seems to me that it would greatly increase the sailing hours to maintenance
hours ratio, at little additional cost when you add everything up.