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Diva27 11-02-2009 09:30 AM

Resisting footitis
 
Thereís been a rash of moving-up in my club lately, and while I admire the purchases being made, Iím definitely trying to draw the line at my C&C 27 Mk 1 Diva and enjoy what I have. Iíd rather have a smaller keelboat thatís extremely well equipped than a larger keelboat that I personally might not be able to afford to maintain. So Iíve been chipping away at improvement projects, and one of them late this past season was a removeable shelf in the galley, inboard of the icebox. For $10 I added two square feet of counter space, which in a 27 is a huge gain. The C&C 27 is already a ďbigĒ 27, and Iím finding ways to make it bigger. Some day Deb and I may move up, but for now the goal is to trick out Diva with efficient use of space and equipment and gear upgrades.
I wrote about this humble shelf project (with a pic) on my cruising website Sweetwater Cruising
I know C&C 27 owners are ferociously inventive when it comes to maxing out interior space, but I'd be interested in hearing about what other under-30 keelboat owners have done to make the most of what they have, the more clever and less expensive the better.
cheers

erps 11-02-2009 10:31 AM

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interested in hearing about what other under-30 keelboat owners have done to make the most of what they have, the more clever and less expensive the better.
whenever the urge to move up starts to tingle, log on to sailnet and ask the bigger boat guys how much their moorage, insurance and maintenance fees are and whether the sunsets look different from their boat. That may help hold off the bigger boat for a couple more years, but face it, most of us eventually succumb.

Stillraining 11-02-2009 11:15 AM

I think your very wise....despite my signature..:p

scottbr 11-02-2009 07:17 PM

Sorry Doug, but "Resistance is Futile" :D ...... just think of the boat you could buy with the University funds.... I know get my priorities straight, but I am trying to convince my kids that local Universities that they could live at home are very appealling..... not winning that arguement however. ;)

SecondWindNC 11-04-2009 04:15 PM

Someone recently gave me an interesting formula: A person's boat should have a foot of waterline for every year of his life.

Whaddaya think?

night0wl 11-04-2009 06:04 PM

"sample" costs...new 34-35 ft production boat ;)

Down payment: $25,000
Boat Note: $750/month = $9000
Insurance: $170/month = $2040
Diver: $70/month = $840
Slip: $450/month (free for me...have a dock behind my home) = $5400
Equipment/upgrades: $200-$300 a month...easy = $2400-$3600
Equipment failures: None yet
Yearly haul-out & bottom paint: $1200 (yards are slow right now)
State registration: $100/year

Approximate yearly ongoing expenses: ~$22,000 per year.

You get some of that back if you claim as second home deduction. Even more if you put into charter...but thats another animal in an of itself

davidpm 11-04-2009 08:35 PM

[quote=night0wl;538541Diver: $70/month = $840[/quote]


What is the diver for?


You must be racing and want the bottom scrubbed every month?

night0wl 11-04-2009 11:17 PM

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Originally Posted by davidpm (Post 538611)
What is the diver for?


You must be racing and want the bottom scrubbed every month?


Get the bottom cleaned 1x a month because the growth is really bad in my area. Warm brackish water in shallow(ish) canals. Hoping that this will extend my bottom paint to 2 years...


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