I tracked my boating expenses last year. I had never tracked boating related expenses before. It was somewhat interesting to see what I spent on my hobby. Last year I was somewhat limited by my daughters wedding expenses. Hopefully this year I will have more boat bucks to spend on fuel and I can go to a few more places. Hope there are no further repairs but it is a 36 year old boat so we'll see.
I'm going to try it again this year. I am already half way to my last years total and I am about 60 days from launch. I should be getting my invoice for my summer dockage later this month. That will bump up the total a bit.
My spending has started early this year with my transmission repair and such. The marina where I wintered has billed me for all services performed since I paid my winter storage bill last October.
Thus far for 2017 zero I paid all my bills including next summers' slip fee before the end of the year so I have had no bills so far. It would be nice if I didn't have any additional bills but it is only a matter of time/weeks before I begin prepping the boat for summer and the bills will start up again.
I only wish my bills were as low as yours! My summer slip alone are more then you total.
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I just started prepping my boat
two new 8D batteries
wax (last few years i paid the yard due to a bad back this year they don't have anyone to do it)
total unknow I try not to think about this but it has to be over $750 last year I paid about $1100 just to was the boat I would be happy to pay this again. Instead I'm about to take 2 Alleve and go start waxing the hull. I'm expecting to come home in pain!
So far I am at $2,550.00. That includes 4 months slip rental, new portable generator, spot light, fresh water pump, dash-cam, Female Cigarette Lighter Power Plug Socket, Volume Control for top side speakers, 2 - Sena EXPAND-02 EXPAND Long-Range Bluetooth Intercom Headsets, bilge pump. My next big expense will be Golf Cart batteries for the house bank to replace the 8-D.
My costs are going up daily! I bought 4 new batteries, just over $1k. Spun both hubs, $660. &, well, the boat is still in the shop with a tally adding up. So far, two new transom assemblies, two new fuel coolers and fuel injectors (parts paid by Merc, but I cover labor), new plugs/wires, new isolator, and now an issue with a misfire in cylinder #3 at a specific rpm that is still be looked at. I can only say the place I deal with has treated me well and will take care of things. But, these things do still cost $. Oh well, I'm ready to get the season started soon. Then hopefully , the money being spent will be on gas. Oh, just spent $3900 on slip rental for the year as well.
I just saved about $1100 my yard didn't have anyone that could detail my boat this year so i had to do it myself. This time of year i really wish i had a smaller boat it is a lot of work detaling and then preppi g and paint the bottom! I have three full days into the job and i have only completed from the rubrail down. I need another day to finish and about half a day to paint.Due to travel plans I dont exexpect to launch until the week od the 17th I may shot for the 21st. I guess i have time to complete the work.
Well, it's 3 weeks later from my last update and they are still working on it. They are down to changing out the engine wiring harness now. Luckily I have a really good mechanic on it, but he had to bring in a Merc Rep to help figure this one out.
As I feared one of my house bank batteries died so I had to replace two 8Dbbatteries and my type 24 generator starting battery was 5 years old so I chenged this as well $500 later I still have one more 8D battery that is 2 years old no reason to replace this one yet.
You have just about caught up to my summer slip fee :)
I think I need to move my boat North or something!
This was a very inexpensive year but I still don't want to add it up it makes me sick to look at it. I suspect I only have a few more years were this will continue to work for me then I will have to give some thought about saving for retirement. I don't want to even think about what I have spent on boating over the last 3o years it would be a crazy number! If I had only invested that money in real estate I would be retired already.
I wish I could say it's been inexpensive as well, but I finally got my boat in a week ago. At this point I'm very close so far to the $20k mark. I was lucky Mercury actually covered $9k in parts too (no warranty, so I was very impressed with them). I'm also going to buy a pair of new SS props that look like they should work well for my B-2 drives. Any heard or used the Hill Marine "Big Cow" props? My thought is that the hub is square on them and replaceable, so maybe I won't spin them as often.
I tend to "lose" track around this time of year of what I've spent. Much more fun to forget about it. I have a 17-day trip coming up on the boat. Should be lots of fun and lots of gas. I'll be more than half way up to you Audrey! I've never gone out of the Delaware bay, so that should be interesting. I hear it's rougher than heading south out of the Chesapeake, which I've done many times.
Well, just finished our 17 days. Was just fantastic! Boat ran great and we made just south of Atlantic City, in Longport NJ. Also had stops in Cape May and Wildwood. Love the new props on the boat! Total of over 400 miles on the boat, so not too bad.
Rick, that's really keeping track of all the details. Good for you! Sounds like you've had a good summer! This was probably my most expensive summer, but not just due to all the spring work I had done. Also due to the fuel burned and marinas we've stayed at. Was a really good summer. Still have at least two smaller trips still planned.
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