I got a great deal on a boat; when I told the surveyor, he whistled in appreciation. Not much better than an appreciation whistle. But the costs will continue for a bit.
First off, I need new sails. So, I'm meeting the sailmaker down at the boat this afternoon for measurements. Through a friend I'm getting a nice discount at North for some racy cruising sails (that's heavy dacron but with full battens and a loose foot). After the discount, it's more than the offshore guys, but less than every other major loft. And he has been giving excellent service, with advice, constant communication, and now this measuring business. Wouldn't have expected that on a boat that had 1000 identical rigs built.
Second off, my beautiful wife needs new cushion covers. There, I'm hitting up an old internet friend who does incredible work. At a great price. Seriously, check out those auctions for some great canvas work.
Other than that, there are just some miscellaneous hardware requirements. Why doesn't the boat have cam or clam cleats for the jib sheets? Who wants to tie off the sheet in between every adjustment? Did these people not trim their sails? The mainsheet gets run off to the starboard side....what happens on a windy day on port tack, do you just park everyone down on the low side and try to go slower?
Those are the important things. Oh, and the head. Seems to me there's nothing more important to replace on a 30 year old boat than the head. That's one thing that just can't be clean enough unless it's new out of the box.
So, with those items I've over doubled the cost of the boat. At least I'll always have that whistle.