Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 4 of 21

Boat Maintenance—Don’t Go Broke Saving Money

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Question: What is the most important resource in the battle to keep the costs of owning a voyaging boat under control?

Answer: Your time.

Hold that thought for a moment.

Cruiser Fixation

Almost every time we write a post about buying or maintaining gear on voyaging boats, one or more people will comment to point out that there is a cheaper way to do or buy whatever it is we are burbling on about.

And very often they are right and we appreciate it and learn a better way.

The Dark Side

But having said that, there is a dark side to this understandable fixation on saving every dime that many of us cruisers have: Thinking that way can cost you a lot of money.

At this point I’m sure you are thinking “John has dropped the spinnaker pole on his head one too many times”. But hear me out, this tip will save you big money, I promise.

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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