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  #136 New May 8th, 2019 02:41 AM
Well, now that I have determined that speculative trading might be a bit more lucrative than I thought, once I plugged in stowage factors, I have to deal with the fallout. However, it might not be as bad as I initially thought. First, my ship's crew is going to be considerably larger, being based on having 3 watches for a 24 hour day. That means that the crew will be at least 3 times the size, and a bit more than 3 times more expensive. That is based on having at least 4 for the engine room, owner/captain and 3 more bridge crew, and the Purser and Cargo Crew, of 4 or more persons. I still need to figure that out. Then while the ship basic hull is likely going to cost less, there will be a higher maintenance charge for the ship, somewhere between 1 and 5 per cent of the cost of the ship, that will need to be paid. Then I need to think about insurance. The new priracy book for Cepheus does talk about that, at least. Looking at historic nautical shipping rates, it looks like 1 per cent of the value of the ship would be more than enough. That may well turn out to be too high, so that figure is likely going to have to be played with.

What all this means is that I need to sit down and determine what my ship construction costs are, along with basic crew costs, and then work from there. If I ship cannot show itself to be capable of generating a profit, then it will not be built or financed. That is what I have to shoot for.
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