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thanks, we worked our arses off for 3 months to get that
still have to finish the interior and a few tweaks
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Originally posted by olly_love

start small and work up is a good tip, we are really happy with our sonata

couldn't agree more- I don't race our boat (First 21.7), and have no intention to ever, but a small cruiser is a lovely way to spend time on the water with friends and family.  I've seen a few people upgrade to a bigger boat only to find they're fighting it rather than loving it the way they used to.  I'll probably upgrade to get an inboard engine at some point- maybe up to 30ft, although for the moment there really is very little point as my current boat which I've owned for over 3 years now, more than meets our needs.

p.s. Olly your Sonata is a lovely looking boat, fantastic work fella!
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start small and work up is a good tip, we are really happy with our sonata, and are planning a bigger boat in a few years,but we calculated all the costs before buying it,
also yacht racing can be cheeper than dinghys as the costs of events and the boat can be split between 5 or more people
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fairy liquid is a great boat cleaner!

as for mooring fees- I berth in Valencia at the municipal marina, it's extremely good value compared to other med marinas and the facilities are excellent.

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Yachts owners, share your cost saving tips 

If you’re looking to keep your everyday outgoings as low as possible, there’s no better way to do this than by finding out how others are saving costs. You may have heard recently about the novice sailor who in his endeavours to keep costs down, successfully bid for a Sigma 33 on e-bay and then found he had to sail it home from the Greek island of Poros http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/bought-14k-boat-eBay-sail-Greece/story-13387540-detail/story.html

The story prompted yacht insurance provider, Towergate Insurance, to put together a Guide offering practical cost-saving tips for yacht owners who perhaps do not want to go the extremes of bidding on e-bay.   http://www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/boat-insurance/tips-and-guides/yacht-cost-saving-guide.aspx

Whilst the Guide offers advice in areas such as; buying, surveys, mooring, maintenance, lifting, drying out/anti-foul, hull scrub, paint around and craneage, the firm concedes that for it to be truly insightful, it should include feedback from you, sailors who are experienced in sourcing and securing the best deals.

Have you made some great cost savings when it comes to mooring or buying anti-foul?  What do you pay for your everyday yachting essentials and what are your top buys for the year?  

Your feedback will enable us to put together a definitive cost-saving guide, comparing the prices you pay for goods and services across the UK.  It will become a central point of reference for financially-savvy sailors and one we hope to build upon over time.

Please post your feedback here - we look forward to you helping us help others save costs in these financially-demanding times.

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