Yeah, I quickly realized right after I bought my first boat that this was getting expensive. That was until I took it out for the first time
This site has in interesting comparison with other activities and boat ownership, you will be surprised at the results.
Boating Education: How to Buy a Boat on a Budget
That site has other info regarding the costs of owning a boat. I am not sure it is referring to sailboats. Even if its not, motorboats are more expensive to take out because of the gas. I want to think maintenance is more on a sailboat then a motor boat. On the same lines, if one is to add up the huge gas costs of taking a motorboat out, in the end its all nearly the same. A sailboat running a 6hp (.5 gal an hr) outboard just to go in and out the dock compared to a 140hp (15.3 gal an hr!) outboard is substantial. Checkout Nissan's chart here...
Nissan Marine Outboards - Authorized Distributor Offering Boat Motor Products, Technical Information, & Dealer Locations for the U.S. & Canada."
So I still wonder, in the end what is more expensive to own? Say the sailboat and motorboat are both 22ft for example. I would say in this example, the sailboat is cheaper. On the other hand, I like to think a larger sailboat, say 27ft may end up costing the same as a 22ft motorboat in the end. Since the bigger sailboats are more expensive on maintenance. I hope to hear what others think about this. I know very little about the sailboats and their maintenance, so my thoughts could be far off. I know I will soon learn pretty quick about the costs involved to maintain a sailboat
Good thing mine is such a beauty but I want to be sure she stays that way. At last, the fun in it will far out weight the costs involved, at least for me it will.