You can count on around $1000pa for a swing mooring
, or $500pcm for a cheap
marina mooring with a shuttle service
. If you're staying inside the harbour radio
licences aren't really needed, but you'll need to pass the MROVCP test to use the VHF
Maintenance is an open ended thing, depends on how much work is needed, how much you can do yourself and whether you have the time and/or are willing to do it. I don't insure my boats so can't comment on that aspect. If you get a mooring from NSW Maritime there's also the annual mooring inspection
fee, count on $200pa plus any needed replacement parts
such as lines, swivels or chain that wear out. The actual mooring tackle has to be bought as well, try Gumtree for that and expect to outlay $1000 at least. When a yacht is sold transfer of the mooring currently in use is NOT guaranteed, since you need to be on the waiting list for the area. See:
Priority Waiting Lists - Sydney Region - Maritime
By far the most expensive individual items will be engine repairs
. If these are in good condition when you buy the yacht you're well in front. Learn to do all the preventative maintenance and inspections to protect your investment.
NSW Maritime are also very fussy about the condition of the hull
. Set aside $2500pa for haulouts and antifoul, and if you're planning to compete in club races a quarterly dive and scrape will set you back $80.00 as well. As an alternative consider having an ultrasonic antifouling system fitted. Jaycar have a kit designed by Silicon Chip magazine if you're handy with electronics
Most older boats will need their electrical wiring
revised, if only because the available technologies have changed so much. For reliability
and usability, consider fitting a pair of brand new 100AH AGM
batteries, 200W of solar panels
(and any needed mountings) and replacing all globes with LEDs to reduce power. Cigarette lighter sockets for laptops and phone
chargers are a must-have item and are unlikely to be fitted.
You can do without refrigeration
, cabin heating
and microwave ovens but a good gas stove is essential. With several people aboard this will have to be a properly fitted gimballed stove, although being a solo sailor I get away with a $10 Bunnings camping stove and propane
Other things to consider: the wiring
and halyards on the mast
can be expensive to fix if missing or damaged, as can fitting a VHF antenna
or Windex if they aren't present. Check out the mast
, winches and all lines and anchor
chain thoroughly and keep them in good order. Unless you're planning to exit the heads you can dispense with AIS
, but a working depth sounder
are vital items.
Watch out for the ferries! The ones displaying an orange diamond have right of way and will not slow down, even if you're running under sail and unable to get out of their way.
Oh yeah, and in deference to the previous postings, $30ph for repair work in Sydney is way too low. DIY is the only sane option unless it's covered by insurance.
Hope that helps.