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YIKES!!!!! 30+ foot boats are expensive!!
Just reread your original posting, and noted that, aside from the $3000 Keel and $2000 Transport charges, your original budget included mostly "Mickey Mouse" items.
I hope you didn''t expect to invest about $10,000 on top of your $500 capital expenditure!
Yep, "stuff" is expensive, and good stuff more so.
If you spend up to the boat''s "Bristol" market value, and contribute your labour (free) - you''ll have done well. You''ll also have a great boat, that you know inside-out. It''s just as likely that you''ll spend more - and still have a great boat.
Good luck & regards,