Sunday 1st February 2015
Diane is the one that takes a lot of time in the mornings
to read through all of the blogs that have appeared since the last time that
she checked, which is usually the previous morning - the pretence of this being
that she is holding the bed down; staying out of my way; and making sure that
my coffee-making skills are maintained by practice.
She does however direct my attention to blogs where there
are items that are of interest to me - sort of my very own editor - how good is
She knows that I am interested in facts and figures;
history and science; sport and travel - so when blogs started appearing which
were detailing the costs that they had during the year, she directed me to
It is interesting to see how much others are paying for the
same things on their boats and how they compare with our own costs.
Well it is now a chance to return the favour and hopefully
with these figures added to those of others, new boaters or contemplating
boaters will get an idea of what it will cost to keep and enjoy a boat.
Our costs cover the 12 months expenses for 1/2/14 to
31/1/15 and includes the 3-month period when we were away from the boat.
Diesel ₤ 852
Boat Equipment ₤3068
Gas ₤ 50
Phone/Internet ₤ 556
Diesel costs include the diesel used in the Refleks stove which is our
principal form of heating. Currently when we operate it, and during winter it
is on 24/7, it uses about 200ml per hour and with the diesel prices being so
low it works out about ₤22-₤24 per week.
Maintenance includes ₤1380 paid to Overwater for work done whilst we were away
- the main items in this amount were reblacking of the hull; anode replacement;
removal of the pumpout toilet/tank.
Boat Equipment includes new batteries ₤1710; solar panels ₤750; Midland Chandlers
₤298 (new horn, lights, toilet, chains); BSS Cetificate ₤140 - the batteries
should last for another 7-8 years; the solar panels have a long life associated
with them; the BSS is for 4 years and most of the chandlery items are one-off
things or have similarly long lives.
Mooring - most of this was for Overwater Marina for a 3 month period whilst
we were away and was budgetted for - it sort of counter-balances the low diesel
costs. We will of course use marinas for short term mooring each year when we
need to be away from the boat
Misc Household - includes new mattress ₤270; dog-related ₤120; clothes ₤140; and
quite an amount for gifts which we took home with us. I cannot see that there
is much more to spend here as there is no space to put anything more on the
boat, but time will tell.
Phone/Internet - this is what we need to spend to make sure that I have connection
for work - it does involve having a (now updated) MiFi as well as three phones
as backup - our own personal choice
The only other major expenses were eating out; alcohol/pub;
supermarket and these are personal things that are dependent on what you want to
The total costs for the year were ₤16000 or about ₤1330 per
month - a figure which we are comfortable with and one which we expect to be
lower next year as there were quite a number of one-off expenses.