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When I bought my boat it had some heat damage to the plastic insulation around the rack and cable steering system which cost me about $3500 to replace after 1 year, due to corrosion and stiffness, with a complete hydraulic steering system with some custom metal work done for the mounting of all the parts. Year 2 went fine until I read a post about thru hulls and seacocks on this forum and then realized / was told ( thanks for the advice ) I had a very bad raw water valve which required a haul out and replacement with a proper seacock. After 2 years I have spent about 5% of my purchase price on emergency and required upgrades to be safe. Probably about 18% of the purchase price for all major maintenance in total so far. This doesn't include washes, zincs, bottom cleanings, filters, etc.
My wife and I are still very happy we bought the boat, and enjoy sailing her as often as we can get out. We want to make more upgrades and improvements as we go, but those will be budgetted out over time. I try and keep $5k available every year in case Murphy shows up unexpectedly. We spent it this year to get a few things done while LittleWing was on the hard for the seacock replacement, but now we have new bottom paint, polished hull, new depth and speed transducers, 3 new seacocks and thru hulls, fully inspected rudder, propeller, shaft, cutlass bearing, and all other underwater areas checked out. Just need to install the new Raymarine ST60+ Tridata screen to the new transducers, and we will have working depth and speed for the first time in 2 years.
Of course the normal routine stuff like cleaning the sea strainer, changing water pump impellar, engine zincs, oil, oil filter, 2 fuel filters, transmission fuel, clean air filter, etc. all has to be done regualarly.
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1980 Pacific Seacraft Orion 27
Sailing Grounds: Southern California
Last edited by LittleWingCA; 09-26-2008 at 04:43 PM.