Cruising Equipment Costs

a friend died last weekend.  It’s a huge bummer.  But I have a catamaran under contract, and the clock is ticking.  So I’m pressing on…

Here’s a post that I really hope helps others out when they’re determining the “real” cost of a cruising catamaran.  This is a really tough thing to tackle, volumes have been written on the subject.   Here are my disclaimers:

  1. I used these numbers to “plug-in” to a spreadsheet I created with all of the cruising catamarans I was interested in.  I think that’s a necessary exercise when looking at multiple used boats, when you’re on a budget. Here’s an example:  

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  2. You may not find all of these systems necessary.  Or decide that you need more.  Many will likely be on your boat.
  3. I’m a novice, these prices are rough estimates that vary wildly based upon:  your personal preferences, the age of the equipment, and how you choose to install it (your labor, or someone else’s).  Don’t hesitate to tell me where I’m off (in the comments, or send me an email).
  4. My use case is cruising on a 38-40ft catamaran, full-time, with as little time spent in marinas as possible.
  5. Buy this book (The Voyager’s Handbook):
Cruising Equipment Costs

The best source for planning a sailing voyage

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s all the info I have (in no particular order).  I really hope it’s helpful, if you want to be conservative add 15-20%.

“Necessary” Cruising Equipment

  1. 12V fridge/freezer – $3,500
  2. Solar/Wind and controls – $4-5,000
  3. Radar – $3,000
  4. Chartplotter – $2,000
  5. AIS – $1,000
  6. Pactor III – $1,200
  7. Transducers Depth/Speed – $500
  8. 12V (midrange) watermaker – $4,500
  9. New sails – $10,000
  10. Rigging inspection – $1,000
  11. New rigging (pro install) – $10-15,000
  12. RIB dinghy – $3-3,500 (10-12′)
  13. 15 HP 2 stroke – $3,000 (outboard dinghy motor)
  14. EPIRB – $600
  15. 6 PAX liferaft – $2,000
  16. Sea anchor – $1,200
  17. Abandon ship bag – $1,500
  18. Handheld GPS – $500
  19. Folding props – $3,250

“Really Nice To Have” Cruising Equipment

  1. Hard top (very expensive, usually custom) – $10-15,000
  2. Spare autopilot – $6,000
  3. Sea kayak – $1,000
  4. Folding Bike – $250
  5. Solid fishing gear – $1,000

Other Cruising Equipment

  1. Spares (spare parts, plugs, filters, oil, coolant) – $10,000
  2. Tools  (everything to fix everything) – $1,000
  3. Spare Jerry cans – $200

Again cruising equipment costs can vary wildly, and will depend on your personal tastes (and use-case).  But hopefully this provides you some very rough numbers to determine what the real cost of a cruising boat will be.  I’ll post more as I learn more.

PS – the total of the costs above is $78,500.  So, yes, it’s very easy to dump $50,000 into a boat to get it “cruise ready” for an open-water voyage.   Here’s the spreadsheet I’ve made, again:  

Download (XLSX, 10KB)

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?  I’m interested to hear some feedback…

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