I don't understand why why you need 260 hp? My cat moves along quyite nicely with 54hp at 8 knots with only 2400rpm. I had both my headsails built for $2,700.00 in St. Maarten. My main built for a wee bit over $2,000.
You don't say what kind of boat
you have, but I recently figured cost for all new standing rigging
right at $3,000, and take a look at my rigging. I spent $800.00 on sheets
, halyards & outhauls. All made of sta-sat, sta-setx, and Dyneema
for my main halyard
There are a couple of threads on the cost of solar
, and in most places they come in way under your number. Then again I don't know how many watts yours are rated. These prices you give sound like you are at the mercy of the vultures. Learning
to do your own work
is like paying yourself.
I knew nothing when I bought my first boat
. I did manage to install radar
, solar w/regulator, pressured water
system, ground tackle system, gps
, and a whole list of items. 15 years later they still functioned properly. BEST WISHES in knocking those prices down. That's a whole lot of cruising money