First time post, very nervous. Be gentle. Seriously, looking for other owners to talk too. I find the brokers & crew give great advice. But, let's just say... At times, I would love to talk to someone that is experiencing the same pain. About 3 years ago, we purchased a Westport 112. We're from the mid-west and never owned a boat. Honestly, I had no idea what we getting into. All I can say, is it's been like drinking from the fire hose. More on that maybe letter. During the 'buying' process, someone said we could run the boat for $400k a year. Ha! I'm my dreams. But, that little false promise caused so much frustration & doubt for the first 18 months of ownership. Where we doing something wrong? Getting ripped off? Thankfully, the costs didn't put our family in a financial crisis. Early on, I remember talking to a captain of another Westport 112 in the Bahamas. Out of frustration, I ask their operating costs. He said, they ran about $600k per year. That was still a far cry from the number we were running at. I asked our captain, he said he knew the boat well and their "program" was completely different. They dock the boat behind their house the majority of the time and only use the boat a few weeks a year, plus ran with a small full-time crew and supplemented with temporary help when need. Running a boat is like running a business. However, there is no P&L, it's sadly only L (expenses). I struggle answering the simple question, "Are we doing a reasonable job managing the boat?" I keep hearing the catch phase... "It depends on your program". What's a fair benchmark of a program? But, I have no idea what is light, medium, or heavy usage? Curious on what yours looks like? Are we being unreasonable? Here is our program. 3 years, a little over 3000+ hours of engine time. Year 1: Based in Fort Lauderdale, then to Naples, Key West, Bahamas, then Michigan, with some stops during re-positioning in the Northeast. About 7 weeks on family aboard. About 1100 hours of engine time. Year 2: Similar to Year 1, Maybe a little more usage. Doing a Postmortem on our program, we looked at the cost of the Michigan Trip wear & tear on the boat & crew. The trip takes about 12 weeks (to & fro), plus add in required shipyard time. That meant we're losing close to 6 months of year of enjoyment. This combined with the additional operating costs we figured there has to be a better way. Year 3: 1000 hours, 90 days of family on board. Naples, KeyWest, Bahamas, Cuba, Northeast (Newport, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, New York, Maine, so on...) A truly memorable year. What did we did differently? Obviously, removed Michigan. Well, we just purchased a boat to keep in Michigan. On the logistics; we did a much better job of minimizing wasted re-positioning. In addition, we did a better job of providing gaps to allow the crew to recharge. Truth to told, the first 2 years.. I think we ran them a bit ragged. As for owners, we felt the opposite, we didn't like the downtime. The net result was NOT a significant cost savings. But, enjoyment went way up. Crew was happier. Basically, overall things went smoother. Looking for ways to improve, and bring this to the next level. Currently, we're a major REFIT on the entire boat to get ready to do some serious exploring. First on the list is the Caribbean. Would love some suggestions.