Join Date: Jun 2006
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Killarney Sailor on this site just bought a Bristol 45.5. In my opinion (and, I suspect, his), they are an excellent choice for an offshore, long-term cruiser.
My steel boat is 41 feet, and I plan on anchoring out most of the time. I'm budgeting $25,000 a year, of which I suspect $7,000-$9,000/year to go on fuel, maintenance and spares/replacements. But I am putting a good sixty grand in before we leave in order to start from a largely new or rebuilt baseline (rebuilt engine, new tanks, pumps, nav gear, prop, engine mounts, coupling, tenders, outboard, rigging, some sails, and so on).
Immaculate here won't be for long. One tactic I've used where possible is to take lightly used elements off as spares, and to install new, very similar or identical gear. I am a big fan of "drop in" replacements. So I would bubble wrap my current alternator, for instance, with all the leads labelled, and install a nice high-output model. If that craps out, it's under warranty, and I can break out Old Faithful until I hit a port.
Good luck and fair winds.