The table below sets out the annual costs of running a Dragon (as at 2012) at four
different levels and therefore boats of varying age and cost. All these figures
are in £'s and should be regarded as indicative. More sails may be bought, more
events entered, or more work done by the owner. The boats and assumptions are
- Boat 1: A brand-new all GRP boat, campaigned only at events, of
which at least two are overseas. The capital cost would be higher for a wooden
deck or cold-moulded construction. Normal extras have been included in the
capital cost and VAT at the UK rate has been added.
- Boat 2: As above but the boat will have been used for about 3
- Boat 3: An older( perhaps about 10 years old) but still competitive
boat, which is being campaigned in major events, one of which is normally
overseas, and also sailed regularly in club racing.
- Boat 4: An older GRP boat only raced in club events.
| ||Boat 1 ||Boat 2 ||Boat 3 ||Boat 4 |
|Depreciation (Note 1) ||9000 ||2000 ||
1200 ||500 |
|Sails (Note 2) ||3500 ||3500 ||1500 -
2700 ||500 |
|Gear, minor repairs |
|600 ||1000 ||
1000 ||500 |
|Antifouling ||N/A ||N/A ||250 -1200 ||250 |
|Mooring/cranage/scrubbing (Note 4) ||N/A ||
N/A ||900 - 3000 ||750 |
|Winter storage ||0-250 ||0-250 ||0-250 ||0-250 |
|Trailer depreciation and maintenance ||750 ||
500 ||350 ||100 |
|Entry fees ||1200 ||1,200 ||600 ||50 |
|Fuel and ferries ||2000 ||2000 ||
250-1250 ||N/A |
|Insurance ||1000 ||1000 ||700 ||400 |
|BDA membership ||75 ||75 ||75 ||75 |
|Totals ||18,125 to 18,375 ||11,275
to 11,525 || 6, 825 to 2,325 ||3,125 to 3,375 |
Note 1: The depreciation charge is that required to descend to
the next level over the appropriate number of years.
Note 2: Boats 1 and 2 are assumed to buy one main. one
spinnaker and two genoas per year. Boat 3 to buy one main, one genoa and
one spinnaker and Boat 4 to buy two second-hand sails.
Note 3: This excludes any major collision damage.
Note 4: This doesn't include cranage or mooring at events,
which is normally included in entry fees.
Note 5: Nobodys experience will be exactly in line with these numbers. They can only be a guide.
Note 6: Boat 3s sails may be either new or very little used secondhand.
Note 7: Antifouling is either DIY or professional. Dry-sailed boats do not have antifouling which reduces costs.
Note 8: Fuel and ferries is highly variable depending on the location of events. The numbers are therefore very approximate.
Note 9: No account has been taken of accommodation
and food at events, the cost of professional crew (if any) or subsidy
to student relative crews.
Note 10: The mooring, cranage, scrubbing etc costs
vary so much because some boats are dry sailed (expensive) and others
are on swinging moorings (inconvenient but cheaper) . Yard involvement
also varies considerably.