Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
Wow, refit costs are much less than I would have thought. That is encouraging. I have always thought sails and running rigging were only good for about 5 years of constant use and standing rigging was ready for replacement every 10 years of constant use.
You don't sail around the world and then refit. You take advantage of opportunities when you see them. For example, we replaced our wire/rope main halyards in South Africa because the local rope manufacturer (Southern Ropes) had a terrific price on Dyneema.
I think from your questions you are looking for really clear, exact answers for things like budgeting. It does not work that way. We are all different and and our boats are all different. If you have an older diesel (ours is 1990 and 4000 hours) it can be working just fine one day and need a rebuild the next - or it might be fine for five more years - how do you build things like that into the budget. We travelled fairly cheaply (probably $1500 a month) but we have a good nest-egg available if we have a costly repair or want to head off for a couple of weeks in New Zealand or South Africa. Everyone's mileage will vary.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.