Originally Posted by kthoennes
I keep a meticulous record in Excel. I don't recommend it though - or at least never [sum] the expenditures column if you have any cardiac conditions.
That's what we do, too. I added it up a few years in, and realized that spread over a few years, it wasn't as much as I thought it would be. Also consider that the first two or three years will most likely be the highest as you get things the way YOU want them to be. I started out with chucking the thwen-12 year old horrible charger
that was killing batteries with a Freedom 15 I/C and a Link 2000 (in 1998). I noticed that yearly costs rapidly spiraled DOWNWARD from there!
I use the form for yearly taxes
, too, so I see what it costs each year.
We have a separate Repair Log form in Excel that I write in manually with date, engine
hours and remarks dfor the work done. When I finish a page, I scan them into a JPG file, print it out and leave them on the boat, keep the originals at home.
I also have another separate Excel file for all purchases.
I use the deck
log book for keeping "stories" about cruises.
Almost nothing can't be scanned in to keep "electronic" as well as handwritten material.