Well, it has been several months on the hard now and I am starting to wonder why I didn’t buy trailer sailer.
After correcting our steering quadrant/rudder issues and replacing the prop and rudder bearings, I felt it would be a good idea to keep her on the hard for peak hurricane season. In the meantime, I can get some other projects done. You know like painting the whole freaking boat! Wow! Forget the roll and tip, it was more like roll and drip. That’s gonna be a whole different blog altogether.
I was not intending to do a bottom job, but I know she is in desperate need of one. I feel uncomfortable about putting her back in the water without one. Unfortunately, the boatyard won’t allow me to do any of the bottom work myself. They want to charge me $2,200 to do the work for our 30 footer. From what I hear, Not being allowed to do your own bottom work is becoming a more common practice.
As I begin to crunch the numbers, It’s amazing how quickly things add up. Is this is going to be a regular thing? I could have toured the world by plane by now! I really do begin to wonder if a quality trailer sailer would have been a better option (or a boat at all). I still own a stick home with extra room on the property so a trailer sailer would have been easy. I could have saved $1,635 plus the labor cost of the marina paint job, about $1,700. Is this going to be a regular thing? Those Com-pacs boats are sure looking real sweet by now.
Using the pole sanding method I was able to bring the cost down to $950. Yeah! Not so fast. A foot or so at the water line needs to be hard sanded, so let’s add $350 to that and hope flaking doesn’t appear in any other areas or we are back to $2,200. Great! I still currently at this point am deciding on what to do. I just can’t help but think that there are so many better things I could be doing with all this money. If all marinas go with the no bottom work route, I will always be at their mercy financially and that is not a place I want to be. Wish me luck and that a wise decision is made.
Until next time,
Señora del Mar