Your heart and head
are in the right frame of mind but unfortunately your wallet does not meet the desired outcome of a 57 foot wood boat with twin Detroits.
Having spent nearly my entire life on and around boats, including many 50-60 foot power boats, and larger, many with twin Detroits, I can assure you that your $1200.00 a month will likely be gone in your first two days of ownership
. unfortunately, it won't stop there.
Detroits are not the most reliable engines and thus require some hefty parts
bills and this is if you are doing all the labor. Have you priced a re-man cylinder head
? A turbo? A tranny? A new prop when you inevitably find the bottom? A new prop shaft for a 57 footer? How about interior plumbing
? New seacocks? A haul out
? Steering gear
? Hydraulic pumps?
If I had to put a number on what we spent, on basically brand new 8-72's (this was abrand new 50 foot Post), in one season, I would say it was in the 3-5k range. That was JUST maintenence & parts
on the engines!! There are soooo many things to go wrong with a 57 footer in fiberglass
asside from the engines that even a 6-7k budget
per month living on the hook may not cut it and you're talking wood. How much will the paint
cost just to coat a 57 footer? Brushes
, rollers thinners, tape, sand paper.. The bottom paint
alone will run you in the $600.00 (three gallons though might take four) range for a decent quality paint
. If you skimp on the paint you'll be hauling every year at how much?
If $1200.00 per month is just for boat expenses you could do this on a 35-42 foot sailboat that has already been re-fit. If $1200.00 per month is for living expenses and the boat then I think you have drastically underestimated the costs of owning and maintaing a vessel.
You keep talking about fuel
costs but I can assure you that fuel
costs on a 57 footer are not even a dent in the wallet. Like they say if you have to ask how much it costs to fill her up you probably can't afford the boat.
Sorry to be the lone realist but I have worked on numerous 50+ footers and been in charge of the repair check book and it does not end. In 1990 I wrote checks totalling 32k exclusive of fuel and dock
space. Asside from heavy engine maintenance
myself and the first mate did all the labor. The majority of that money
was maintence and upkeep on a brand new 50 footer..
A fair chunck of that money
was one new prop and a bent rudder
shaft from hitting what we assume was a log in the middle of the ocean in 400 feet of water
Stuff happens and the bigger the boat the more $$$$$ you spend..
I'm prepare for you to flame me, and expect it because you seem to have all the answers, but do please read what I've written and think about it. Remember before you flame me, as you did a few other posters who aksed you to "think" that you came here and asked "Am I nuts?".. It's not polite to flame folks when they are honestly trying to make you think beyond just the wine & roses part of the dream..
Do yourself a favor and get out a West Marine
catalog and begin going through projects that will happen.
out new bilge
pumps and the associated wiring
, and the proper heat shrink crimp connectors and the the proper crimping tools for heat shrink and replacement hose.
out a new anchor
and chain for a 57 footer. Most, if not all, 57 footers DO NOT have 24/7365 live on the hook anchors hanging off the bow or teh proper ground tackle. Most 57 footers are marina queens..
Keep going and going and going.. I have barely skimmed the maintencae surface..
Also most insurance
companies now require boats, based on surveys, to repair or replace items noted in teh survey
to ABYC industry standards. If the seacocks for example do not meet current
standards and some are frozen, and the surveyor
notes this, most insurance
companies will require them to be brought up to standard before issuing coverage...
I've already spent over $1200.00 this month on maintenance
and my boat is on the hard
for the winter.
This is just my winter engine
on a 2003 44hp motor
(I did all labor so this is just parts):
Re-built starter (clutch bearings brushes) $172.00
Rear main engine seal $112.00
Damper plate for Transmission
New engine hoses $154.00
New Thermostat/gasket $22.00
New valve cover gasket
Clean HX, Strip & Re-Paint - $62.00
True Prop Shaft - $165.00
Fit and face coupling - $48.00
Re-balance prop - $155.00
Mounts - $559.68
Misc supplies - $120.00
Hose clamps AWAB - $54.00
HX End caps / gaskets $44.00
Impeller & Gasket