Originally Posted by eastbaylostboys
I was hoping you would say that. At least, if I put an offer on this boat, I know everything that has been done, and their shouldn't be too many surprises. knock on wood! At 80 bucks an hour, service sure does add up.
I certainly would not make that assumption. You would easily spend $3,000 A YEAR having a yard do just routine annual maintenance, and the items you referenced are of that type. When (not IF) the boat needs upgrades and refits you can face some real costs, where $3,000 is chump change. Sure you can take some stuff on yourself, if you have the time, skills and patience. But CS is a quality marque, and future buyers expect work on such boatsto be done properly if not professionally, and not all us handy-man tinkers have the expertise necessary to do specialty marine repairs properly. Samples of upgrades, any ONE of which would cost more than $3,000: new cushions, electronics, sails, wiring, steering, deck core repairs, rigging, and the list goes on. FWIW my annual budget for a 36 including winter haul is $5,000 including no financing or yard repair charges.
If the boat in question has been properly maintained over the past 15 years, the owner should have a 1-2 inch high stack of receipts, what you describe sounds like just keeping things afloat.
Boats are expensive, quality boats like CS are very expensive and yard service bills for quality boats are "if you have to ask you can't afford it...C. Vanderbilt"