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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

Last year I hit 10% right on the money. But since most of it was overhaul related, this year has been less painful.

I keep having fantasies about making a run on the boat without any trips to the marine store or anything breaking. I had high hopes last week. Didn''t happen. The final tab after 3 days of being ''out'', 100 miles covered.

1) Autohelm belt broke ($29)
2) Dropped binoculars, broke them ($100)
3) Pumpout fill cap frozen, replacement ($16)
4) Broken zipped on sailcover (?)
5) Chart blew overboard while I was out visiting other cruisers at cocktail hour ($19)

And that''s pretty much the norm. If I can keep it at $164 a run, I''d consider myself lucky.
Still, that''s misc. little stuff, and it still adds up to about $2,000 a year, and of course that''s not averaging in all the big-ticket things.
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

In my case, I believe the blown tranny (4 months after I bought the boat) was the result of the previous owner neglecting the cutlass bearing (and anything else not immediately "visible"). The shaft vibration basically destroyed the clutches and I could no longer engage forward gear.

Definitely a case to be made for fixing things at the first sign they are deteriorating!!!

Graham
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

Graham,

I certainly wasn''t implying that everyone with mechanical problems must be mistreating the equipment. Too bad the PO left you with that problem.

I will hope that when I am ready to buy, I can get a gauge on what kind of care and treatment the seller gave his boat.

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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

20% of cost of boat
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

My past (48 footer) and present (45 footer) run about 11 to 12%. My previous boats were in the 30 to 38 foot range and I got away with 9 to 10%. I''m the type I always shop for the best price of a good name brand item.
Doing all my own work not only saves quite a bit of change, but it also lets me know the boat inside and out. This is a great comfort incase a problem should come up offshore.
As I read in a previous post, it''s the nick-nack things that can realy add up. Happy Hour and dinner aboard your boat for you and friends, forgetting your Revos dont float when they fall off your head, Happy Hour, friend uses 12v test light for an ice pick, Happy Hour, ear plugs for when you jibe and she was down below cooking and didnt know it was comming, Happy Hour, alka-seltzer, Happy Hour.
good Sailing to all!
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

--gnorbury--
sorry for being off topic but.......
what all did they replace in your standing rigging for $6K? Anything fancy? New roller furler? $6k just seems really steep for standing rigging.....
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

hey don if you add bottom paint your at 20-30
percent. and bottom paint IS yearly maintainance, along with zinks. if your not counting that stuff then you aren''t doing them and if you dont do them your boat will fall apart
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What should I budget for annual maintenance costs?

Here on the Chesapeake you can get by with a bottom job every two or three years depending on the bottom paint and depending on your situation, in the low salt content of the upper Bay, zincs can go that long as well but generally should be checked with greater frequency.

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Bottom paint WAS in my 10%, I said most, not all, of the 10% was overhaul related. In fact, I had the boat hauled, stripped, ten blisters repaired, two barrier coats put on, a couple gelcoat deck fixes and the bottom painted (in theory, it should be good for two years) for $1,900.
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after the first year do you haul out or do you have a diver check everything?
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