Having bought an older Allied Seawind 30 ketch over 10 years ago, you need to be aware of the ongoing maintenance costs. Fortunately, our boat had a newer Volvo Penta 28HP, which was one of the factors that prompted us to buy this boat. It was also owned to 20 years by dear friends.
We spend approximately $5K per year on routine maintenance, which has included things like:
0. Replaced standing rigging and lifelines
1. Stainless prop shaft/cutlass bearing
2. replace fixed ports in cabin house
3. Shaeffer Roller Furler
4. New Furling Genoa
5. new Main Sail & Mizzen
6. New VHF, GPS Chart Plotter, Compass
7. new Head
8. new cabin cushions
9. New battery charger & batteries
10. Sand Blast bottom and barrier coat
11. Lots of bottom paint at $200/gallon
12. replaced runnning rigging..
13. New Dodger
14. Ongoing refinishing/maintenance of brightwork.
The great thing about our Seawind is that it is one of the most seaworthy boats in our marina. Be realistic about how much work you can do yourself and your budget for professional services. I would encourage you to buy the best boat that you can afford (in order to spend more time sailing). You're welcome to come look at my boat as a benchmark.
Last edited by Seawind52; 01-25-2010 at 12:36 PM.