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Moorings can range in cost considerably. Private moorings can be very inexpensive, but require you to do the inspections and maintenance. Club moorings are often more expensive, but do often come with the amenities provided by the club and may include use of a launch service or space on a dinghy dock, making getting to your boat far more convenient. Prices range from $60-1500, based on whether you are using a private mooring, own a mooring, or using one provided by a yacht club or marina with launch and other amenities.
Insurance is highly dependent on the size and value of the boat. The minimum insurance generally required is $300,000 liability, and that can cost as little as $150, depending on what other bits you get and whether the policy is an ACV or an "Agreed Value" type policy. If the boat is financed and over 26' LOA, you'll generally be required to get an "Agreed Value" policy.
Winter storage costs can be very variable. Do you want to keep the boat indoors, outdoors, or at home on a trailer? Indoor storage is usually the most expensive and charged by the square footage the boat takes up. Outdoor storage is less expensive and usually charged by the linear foot of the boat's LOA. Storage at home on a trailer is usually the least expensive, but not always feasible, especially for larger boats. This can range from $0 for home storage of a boat on a trailer, to $3000 for a 30' boat stored indoors or so.
Other routine costs can include:
- Haulout and launch fees, usually based on LOA of boat
- Bottom Painting and pressure washing the boat, also usually based on LOA
- Winterizing the boat—often based on the complexity of the boat and what systems it has
- Shrinkwrapping the boat for winter storage—usually based on LOA, tarping or buying a canvas boat cover are other options
- Washing, inspecting and repairing the sails each winter—usually based on size of the sails.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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