Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
You speak the truth about motorsailing. I am guilty of that on my yearly 2 week cruises out of Long Island Sound. I clean my own bottom as well though it is exhausting with just a snorkel. (honestly, I can only do about half of it in one session) One of the items on my list to buy before leaving here is a hookah system...either that or get certified to SCUBA and buy tanks.
Good point about where. I will likely make some of my destination decisions based on cost. Is it worth it to go there? Will provisions/parts be cheaper where?