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Old 09-18-2008
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Its really difficult trying to go cruising with one foot on the dock ain't it.

We use a UPS Store for the mandatory street address for the vessel documentation and for mail. They bundle it up and forward it to us from time to time. Banking is handled on-line. Most banks nowadays are pretty good about that but some are better than others. Mine allows me to manage my portfolio and get cash as needed easily. Of course we have a VISA ATM card for miscellaneous expenses and cash and several credit cards, including AMX for emergencies. Our local banker (Very small town) takes care of our annual property tax bill for us.

We have eliminated all monthly bills. We use a pre-paid cell phone here in the US but Magic Jack or Skype is good enough for most telephone needs anywhere internet service is available; certainly sufficient for the First Mate to check in with her mother from time to time. Email is our primary means of communication.

We are not young but we don't use prescription drugs.

In my opinion, the biggest impediment to cruising successfully is trying to take your land-based life with you. The more you can divorce yourself from that, the easier and more satisfying cruising will be.
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