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Old 22-10-2009, 22:28   #1
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Costs Question...

Yes I bet it's been asked a million time, but I'm trying to come up with a spreadsheet to run operational costs for a powered yacht and a sailing yacht being used as a liveaboard/cruiser (as a tool for estimating), wondering if I could get people more familiar (ie. not newcomers like myself) with the subject of living aboard both engine powered and sail powered yachts to chime in and help me itemize the costs... insurance, berthing, mx are no brainers so far.
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Old 22-10-2009, 22:45   #2
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You'll find that most has to do with your personal habits. Eating cheap, doing your own work, and staying away from marinas can cut costs down by incredible amounts. Most of the costs have nothing to do with vessel operation and everything to do with lifestyle.
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Old 22-10-2009, 23:53   #3
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Most of us are afraid to start tallying those costs...."Damn...is it costing me that much"
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I agree fully with both sentiments, I'm trying to probe the forum for spending items one might not normally think of (or I should say, I haven't thought of)...

James, just from your location information there I realized that I should probably add visa/customs costs for the countries where one might plan to cruise into the overall spreadsheet, something that came to mind that I would have probably missed otherwise.
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aviatorhi,

Use the custom CF Google search (link in my signature), and you'll find a lot already written. Such as a search on...

costs power vs sail
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James, just from your location information there I realized that I should probably add visa/customs costs for the countries where one might plan to cruise into the overall spreadsheet, something that came to mind that I would have probably missed otherwise.
Yeh...no problem...glad to help!
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more familiar (ie. not newcomers like myself) with the subject of living aboard both engine powered and sail powered yachts to chime in and help me itemize the costs... insurance, berthing, mx are no brainers so far.

aviatorhi,

I'm intrigued as to why you want both the cost of power and sailing.Usually cruisers have a preference and their cruising is based on that preference. I have yet to meet a cruiser who decided one way or the other based on cost. You either want to sail or motor. By the way, the majority of cruisers have sailboats. Some switch to power boats when they get older and feel they can no longer handle a sailboat.
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Thanks for the link to the other posts, the reason I'm trying to do one to cover costs of both is I'm creating the spreadsheet as a tool for friends, some of whom would prefer to motor some of whom would prefer to sail (as well as myself, I don't live aboard currently, just sail), so I'd just like to have something that's able to find all the "stealth" costs of ownership for them and give the person using it an idea if its within the budget or not.
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Not one you by at a boating store......

Something like this:

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I have used this in engine rooms and wheelhouses. Very Sturdy
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