Originally Posted by jfcarbonneau
Hi everybody and thank you in advance for your help,
Here are my questions:
- Is a Trawler a good option?
- What should I expect as boat slip costs if I live aboard 4 to 5 months a year?
- I am planning on buying a well maintained used boat (2000-2006) and I expect to spend no more than 20 to 25 thousand a year in slip cost and maintenance fees, is it realistic?
- Anything else I should be aware of?
Thanks in advance!
Welcome to the forum!
To your questions:
Trawlers are comfortable boats to live on. Whether they will travel at the speed you desire or the sea conditions you plan to encounter, at the economy you need will largely depend on the boat you select and you specific requirements ( you have been pretty general so far).
I keep my 45' trawler near Fort Myers and expect to spend about $500 per month on dockage and electricity. I consider this on the low side for a nice marina. You can certainly pay more including an additional charge if you live aboard.
A budget of $25K could certainly work with a squared away boat. Some boats are needy, meaning that annual maintenance costs seem to be much higher. Also, cost can be hugely effected by quality of build, amount of previous use, how much maintenance was neglected, and whether there have been system upgrades. For a vessel of that age, you can expect some items will need to be replaced. Simple things like water heaters and refrigerators don't last forever. Owning a live aboard can be like a home in that you hope everything will last a long time, but you know everything breaks eventually and needs to be repaired or replaced.
Price of your boat often effects carrying costs. Generally the less you spend at purchase on a used boat, the more you get to spend later on maintenance and upgrades.