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The Shaula4 project was based on a much lower budget - and ambitions - compared to the circumnavigation project; we were taking for granted that some money would have had to be spent to rejuvenate the instrumentation and perhaps for some major maintenance job such as the engine or sails and rigging.    With this in mind, we set ourselves a limit at about 50/60.000 Euros between boat purchase and maintenance/upgrading jobs.

Soon we had to acknowledge that boats of about 10 meters for sale around 30.000 Euros are generally in very mediocre maintenance status, then we found this aluminium hull, which would be priced in an entirely different price-range had it been in a better state, and we accepted to take the risk of an higher expenditure for a somewhat more ambitious boat than initially planned.

Besides the expected updating expenses, we met big additional costs mainly due to the two following causes:

- standard equipment that normally you would expect to find on a well-equipped boat and which were missing (it's a long list, from safety gear to accessories like a passerelle, ropes and mooring lines, a dinghy, etc.)

- basic systems that are taken for granted and instead, for a number of reasons, had to be totally rebuilt (electrical distribution, gas distribution, water system...), causing not only an important and unforeseen expense, but also a major delay in the works, that will take more than 2 years to be completed!!

LONG-DISTANCE SAILING WITH A SMALL BUDGET?   Albeit a bit on the small side, a boat like Shaula4 is perfectly capable to carry a couple around the world in reasonable safety and comfort, but the cost is still significant (100.000 Euros, and our project is lacking some important items like SSB radio, watermaker, solar panels, heating...).

Comparing the two projects, one would think that the lower cost of Shaula4 is entirely due to the lower purchasing price of the boat, while equipping costs are similar, taking into account the items missing on Shaula4; this is not at all implausible, considering that the cost for equipping a boat for long-distance travelling are little dependent on the boat's size, for similar choices and technologies.   In reality, a closer examination of the expenditures would show that on Shaula4 many expenses were due to "extraordinary maintenance" rather than "equipping for ocean sailing", and still, a better-maintained boat would have costed more, and the end result would have been more or less the same.

The following is a detailed list of the actual costs; like for Shaula3, most works have been performed by us, otherwise the cost would have been totally unmanageable and un-echonomical:

Légende 1040 - built 1984 - serial no.003    Price €  Notes

Purchasing Price in 2013 (used):              32.000  (price new about 140.000 €)

Ancillary expenses:

Broker commission                              3.000
surveyor                                         400
paperwork                                      1.350  Registration under Belgian Flag

Included Optionals:

- 12Kg CQR Anchor                                     rusty, check or replace
- 100m chain, 8mm                                     to be checked/replaced
- anchor windlass                                     Lofran's Cayman 88 700w
- ancorotto danforth 10Kg
- SOLAS 6-person liferaft                             Eurovinyl, to be serviced in 2014
- Wind-generator+regulator                            Aero4gen - Regulator to be repl.
- fixed GPS                                           Furuno GP-31
- Backstay insulators
- Refrigerator                                        Isotherm ASU 3201 (to be fixed)
- 4HP-2 stroke Outboard                               Mercury 4HP - to be repaired
- Storm sails 
- Genoa furler                                        Bamar C2
- Cruising Chute
- Mainsail and furling Genoa                          worn, to be replaced

Maintenance jobs:

topsides cleaning                                200  (purchase of tools)
interior painting                                150  
deck painting                                    200  Stoppani Glasstop
hull cleaning and anti-fouling                 1.100  Stoppani Sibelius

Items recovered from previous boats:

- Anchor-saver hook
- "Iron Hand" with rope
- 5 x self-inflating lifejackets                      3 Crewsaver + 2 Plastimo
- Compact scuba kit                                   to be refurbished
- Hand-held VHF                                       Cobra MR HH300 FLT EU
- Medical Kit                                         (medicaments to be replaced)
- portable Gen-set
- Multi-band receiver                                 SONY
- Satellite Telephone + data kit                      Motorola Iridium 9505a
- Notebook PC                                         LG
- Multistandard LCD TV-set
- Inflatable Dinghy 2.4m                              Bombard Ax3 airdeck
- 2-stroke 3.5HP Outboard                             Tohatsu 2,5HP
- Crockery / Pans
- Barbecue                                            Magma Gas-fueled
- 2 x folding bikes                                   DiBlasi
- Hand-bearing compass
- 2 x Binoculars 7x50 with compass                    Steiner Skipper+Tasco 7x50
- Sextant                                             Davis Mk.IV
- Night scope                                         Yukon
- Nautical charts, Croatia
- Courtesy flags
- Signalling flags

Deck equipment:
halyard winches (replacement)                    950  Antal ST16 2 speed
sheet winches (replacement)                    2.400  Harken ST46A
coachroof stoppers (replacement)                 760  Antal
3 x winch handles                                240  Antal
genoa-sheet cars                                 400  Barton
rigid vang                                       800  Seldén
spinnaker pole                                   600  Plastimo
stanchions (repair)                               90  Osculati
lifelines (replacement)                          540
centerboard lifting cable replacement             50
sheets/halyards/pulley replacement             1.025
spinnaker halyards                               200
chandlery                                        900
cockpit-grating kit                              380  J.K.Howells
cockpit seat planking                            250
rigging replacement                            3.600


spares Kit                                       250
sea-water pump replacement                       150
shaft seal                                       690  Packless Sealing System
prop-shaft replacement                           350
propeller replacement                            350
jerrycans                                         80
engine refurbishment                           5.500
engine pipes and hoses (repl.)                   100


kit manutenzione salpancora                      150
2x50m cima x ancora                              200
ancarolina                                       250
4x12m cima ormeggio                              100
Ancora Lewmar Delta 16Kg                         250
Girella per ancora Kong                          100
100 m catena 8mm                                 450
6 parabordi A3                                   150
mezzo marinaio                                    25
parabordo x spigolo poppa                         30
4x parabordi gonfiabili                          120


EPIRB 406 MHz+programming                        600  GME
SART                                             300  PLB AIS
grab-bag                                          25  McMurdo
flares, rockets, smoke cans                      110  Osculati
lifejacket rearming kit                          120  Hammar
assorted security items                          200
4x fire extinguishers                             20
fire blanket                                      20
Engine exhaust overheating alarm                 200  NASA
horseshoe lifering + light                        75
MOB recovery system                              100
Pronto Soccorso                                   40
clock/baro/hygro/temp meter                       60
3° hand-held GPS                                 200
6 x watertight thermal suits                     100
10sqm radar reflector                            200
tool kit                                         200
LPG gas and CO alarms                            350  SoCAL
manual bilge pump                                150  RULE - broken and replaced
electric bilge pump                              120  Johnson
spares                                           650


DC switch-board                                  270  Osculati
AC switch-board                                  450  Osculati
switchboard furniture rebuild                    250
shore-power plug and cable                       250
electric cables and accessories                  626
battery cut-off switches                         100  Osculati
20W solar panel                                  120  (define position and power)
battery increase/replacement                     120  Pb-Ca wet batteries
battery-management display                       120  NASA BM-1
leakage indicator                                160  Accastillage Diffusion
Inverter 12V DC / 220V AC                        150  Sinewave 300W
Aerogen regulator replacement                    250
Smart Regulator                                  300  Adverc
Galvanic Isolator                                250  Sterling
cabin fans                                       100
LED interior lights                              162


log/depth transducer                             320  Raymarine
wind transducer + adapter                        640  Raymarine
multi-function display                         1.200  Raymarine e7
seatalk cables                                 1.117  Raymarine
GPS Raystar receiver                             300
2nd multi-function display                     1.550  Raymarine e7 + deckpod
Radar aerial + cables                          1.651  Raymarine RD418D
fixed VHF + AIS receiver                       1.350  Raymarine Ray260
VHF fisso di riserva                             200  Cobra MR F55W EU+
antenna splitter                                      (Incluso in VHF Raymarine)
SSB receiver                                     400  NASA
Navtex receiver                                  530  Furuno NX300
car-radio/CD player                               90
TV antenna                                       100  Glomex
Auto-Pilot                                     1.270  Raymarine EVO 100


2nd Tender airdeck 2.8m                        1.000  Arimar
Mercury outboard repair                          350
pushpit support bracket                           40
detachable crane                                 360  Osculati

Mainsail and Genoa                             5.000  (replacement)
rigging upgrading                                500


sprayhood                                      2.000
bimini                                         1.000
lazy-bag                                         600
WC + black water tank                            800  Osculati
mast-steps                                       560
folding Passerelle                               680
gas oven                                         750
Set 2 x Camping-Gaz bottles                      295
gas system rebuild                               720
espresso coffee machine                          150
removable cockpit table                          120
safe                                              75
fresh-water tank repair                          410
fresh-water foot-pump                            100
solar shower                                      12
cabin cushions renovation                        850
mosquito nets                                     75


Riding lights                                    525
Nautical charts - Italy                        1.090
Nautical charts - Greece/Turkey                  700  Imray
Nautical charts - Mediterranean                  600
Nautical charts - r.o.w.                       1.200  TBD (program dependent)
Pilot Books                                      140  TBD (program dependent)
Navionics Gold chart - mediterranean             230
Navionics Gold charts - R.o.w.                   460  TBD (program dependent)
Various nautical pubblications                   275

GRAND TOTAL:                                 100.143 €
plus: recovered from previous boats:          14.310 €


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