Wanna buy a boat? Huh. I’ve said it before, a fool and his money…
There is a euphemism in boating refered to as the boat buck. It’s the equivalent of a thousand dollars. Want a new dodger? Slightly over a boat buck. A full enclosure? Call it 10 boat bucks. A new heater? Another boat buck. I’ve also heard boat actually stands for “break out another thousand.” Are we starting to get the picture?
I had entered into this adventure with the idea of buying a turn-key boat and not spending much until we had made the decision about our long-term relationship. Maybe just an anchor as a treat. Fool again I say.
So way back in April I had gone over some of the anticipated costs and then summarized expenditures to date (How Much So Far?), but, since we’ve spent a bunch more, I thought I’d cough up a brief update.
|4 Trojan Batteries — Because the batteries had some bad cells and we are going to be wanting to live on the hook for days at a time.||$800|
|Rocna 22 anchor — Because I want to have faith in my anchor.||$600|
|Head Rebuild Kit — A small leak. I will do the actual repairs myself.||$75|
|Paper charts — All the way up to the Broughtons. I like paper. Besides it’s still the law in Canada.||$600|
|Sony Digital Receiver — All our music is digitized. A CD player that couldn’t hook up to an iPod seemed pretty stupid.||$80|
|Boat Cards — For fun (see below).||$40|
|Vinyl Lettering (installed) — Installation almost doubled the price, but I’ve screwed up vinyl before. Better to get it right the first time.||$500|
|Fire Extinguishers — It was a rush and I didn’t have time to get the old ones recertified.||$125|
|New Flares — Safety requirement.||$200|
|Rebedding a leaking hatch — Not sure if this was a good expense or not but…||$380|
|New masthead Nav Light — Sigh.||$100|
|Temporary moorage at Granville Island — A boating Gotcha. You have to pay for the moorage at the repair yard. Tanstaafl.||$1500|
|Skipper Delivery Charges — So we could save 1000s in BC sales tax.||$400|
|A dinghy safety kit — It’s the law.||$50|
|A new inflatable pfd for Leslie — It’s a comfort thing.||$150|
|3 new life jackets — For the dinghy, so we don’t have to use the inflatables and to replace the old scummy ones.||$120|
|A new windex — So we can see which way the winds are blowing.||$140|
|Wet Bilge Investigation — Because who likes a wet stinky bilge?||$160|
|Engine check after overheat — This one ahould be obvious.||$325|
There are a ton of small things I haven’t recorded, like the new queen sheets, a small cookie sheet, a LED reading lamp, non-skid cat bowls, a new litter box, a few microfiber towels, and even some new fender lines.
There are also a few things we want to get but we will leave until later, stuff like new docking lines ($120+) and new fenders ($50 each), another folding seat and of course some way to generate power. But the moneytree seems a bit bereft and Patience is starting to whack me upside the head cause she wants some attention.