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post #11 of 15 Old 04-08-2010
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Not if the boat is less than 27' LOA.
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I always thought BOAT dollars were $1000. You know... Bust Out Another Thousand.

Its a grand way to go broke


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post #12 of 15 Old 04-08-2010
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$1000 is a boat buck. That's why marine products are 1000x as expensive as their lubberly counterparts.

I have to agree about the less than 27' thing. My boat is a 26'.

Look at some of these figures:

Complete Repower: $1800 and 1 hour labor.
New Mainsail: $1000
New rigging wire: $200
Varnish brightwork: $30

Haulouts are cheaper, laydays, moorage, fuel...

Yea I don't think I need a boat 2' longer. Being able to stand up, and still save money, is a good combo.

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i didn't sail much last summer because i was taking care of my wife. i figured it at $200 a trip, but it was still nice to get out once in a while. i suppose it will be the same this summer. you have to have a break once in a while to wind down.

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My boats have always been investments. Sure I spent $10000 on my boat, but I've had $12,000 worth of fun on it and I've only had it 4 yrs. I once heard "boats are only expensive if you dont use them."
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Yeah, I quickly realized right after I bought my first boat that this was getting expensive. That was until I took it out for the first time This site has in interesting comparison with other activities and boat ownership, you will be surprised at the results.

Boating Education: How to Buy a Boat on a Budget

That site has other info regarding the costs of owning a boat. I am not sure it is referring to sailboats. Even if its not, motorboats are more expensive to take out because of the gas. I want to think maintenance is more on a sailboat then a motor boat. On the same lines, if one is to add up the huge gas costs of taking a motorboat out, in the end its all nearly the same. A sailboat running a 6hp (.5 gal an hr) outboard just to go in and out the dock compared to a 140hp (15.3 gal an hr!) outboard is substantial. Checkout Nissan's chart here...

Nissan Marine Outboards - Authorized Distributor Offering Boat Motor Products, Technical Information, & Dealer Locations for the U.S. & Canada."

So I still wonder, in the end what is more expensive to own? Say the sailboat and motorboat are both 22ft for example. I would say in this example, the sailboat is cheaper. On the other hand, I like to think a larger sailboat, say 27ft may end up costing the same as a 22ft motorboat in the end. Since the bigger sailboats are more expensive on maintenance. I hope to hear what others think about this. I know very little about the sailboats and their maintenance, so my thoughts could be far off. I know I will soon learn pretty quick about the costs involved to maintain a sailboat Good thing mine is such a beauty but I want to be sure she stays that way. At last, the fun in it will far out weight the costs involved, at least for me it will.
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