Friday, March 22, 2013

The Costs of Preparing to Cruise!

When I had been writing my "NKOTB ... New Kids on the Boat" series, one of the topics that I wrote about was something that many of us future cruisers ask ... "How much will cruising cost"?  In my post I mentioned what we think cruising will cost us ... we shall see!

In the meantime, there are cruising costs that occur before one even leaves the dock.  I think this topic isn't questioned as much, but for those that have yet to buy their boat those costs may be helpful to share.  With that in mind, I recently posted about our 10-week haul-out costs.  Since our haul-out almost 3 years ago we've had quite a few other purchases and boat projects.   We've also got a lot more things to buy and a lot more boat projects waiting for us.  So, I've added a new page to our site ..."Pre-Cruising Expenses".

This page starts from the purchase of our boat through today.  As we continue working towards cruising, this page will continue to grow.  I just hope it doesn't add up to too much!  We're happy that our boat is considered small these days ... a 30 footer.  The bigger the boat, the bigger the expense!  Check out our new page and feel free to share your thoughts and/or expenses.

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!

*BTW, the numbers on the page aren't lined up pretty that way I'd like ... sorry but I couldn't get it right.


Sandee said...

Our 340 sea ray sundancer is 13 years old and I just wrote a check for 6,300.00 in repairs. That won't be the final bill either. There are things that need replacing that are very expensive. Boats are expensive. The acronym for BOAT is bring on another thousand. It's true too.

Have a terrific day. ☺

Unknown said...

Looks like you're getting some really good deals. I've been searching the internet comparing boat name decals. $27 is really reasonable. Where did you get yours?

Ken n Cheryl said...

Sandee ... wow! Those Sea Rays are really nice, and I know it's worth every penny to ya, and us!

Carolyn, we bought our name decals from a local company here in Slidell,LA called "Sunny Signs".

Unknown said...

Thanks, I'll give them a call.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I really like the new page. I think I might steal the idea and add a similar one to our blog.

I think you guys are really doing well cost wise. Hell, we just went to the Defender sale and dropped $1,100. That puts us near $8K total since we purchased our boat and our purchase price was a lot more ($62K).

Keep it up. Can't wait until we are both out cruising and can compare notes on costs at that point.

Fair Winds.


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