Originally Posted by SailingPNW
Costs will depend a lot on the boat you choose. I could motor
for years in a powerboat for the cost of just one of the sails
I have replaced, and I still get to maintain a diesel
. Now I wouldn't switch my boat but sailboats in a lot of ways are more expensive, unless your just letting the boat go, so from a yearly cost perspective including fuel a sail boat could easily be more expensive, unless you buy a boat to go fast, with large gas engines, then there is no limit on the fuel you can burn.
^this^ I have no doubt I would have been better off financially with a powerboat. But my vote is for none of the above.
The best advice
I can offer someone considering purchasing
a boat is first buy a dinghy
or beach cat if you want to sail for the fun of actually sailing
. You operate a cruising boat, but you really sail
. Second take your family
for a bareboat charter
for a week in the Caribbean
once a year for the next decade with the rest of your budget
. Even with a yearly Caribbean
trip you will spend less chartering every year in a tropical paradise than owning locally. If you can't spend at least a month onboard your boat every year its far far smarter financially to rent a big boat and own a dinghy for the sport and joy of sailing.
PS. I pay roughly 3 grand a year in storage
costs alone for a 10m boat, and that is very budget storage
. Summer mooring
and the local "cheap" yard in the winter