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Originally Posted by PilotMike View Post
Long story short, the wife and I are tired of our jobs and might take a year or two off to sail. This is still 1-2 years in the future. As I make my very preliminary plans, the question I have trouble answering is how does one budget for cruising? Obviously there are the usual costs of owning a boat, but then there's a lot of costs related only to cruising/living aboard. Certainly costs can vary considerably by location. I'm wondering if anyone has any ballpark figures or rules of thumb to estimate a monthly cruising budget. I'd hate to get to Tonga and have to sell the boat and hitchike home because I didn't budget properly.

Thanks in advance,

My wife and I are about 3 years out from our 1st cruise. The cruising forum on here is a great place to start. is a good account with a list of financials and wisdom, both good and bad. The book 4 hour work week will help you think of ways to add to your cruising kitty while under way. Congrats on the decision.
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