Granted, with out budget we will have to live modestly on our monthly disposable budget of $2000
Plenty of good advice already, and I concur. But when I read that $2,000 a month would be a "modest" budget for you, I had to laugh. . . and worry too.
Pound-for-pound, replicating shore-side levels of comfort and convenience on a small boat will cost at least 2-3 times as much (in $ and
time). If you're not prepared for the real differences, it may just seem like a very complicated, wet and expensive trip, that is taking way
too long to get anywhere.
For a little reality check, try not using your air-conditioning at all this summer. Not the house or the car - nada. And make sure you park that car in the sun all day. Another major adjustment is fresh-water usage. It's hard to measure at home, but instead of just turning on the tap, try filling up two 3-liter soda bottles and using just that for all
your needs through the day: Cooking, dish-washing, drinks, "shower," shaving, teeth, laundry, etc... It's not that hard, but you may be used to using 20 times
that amount (easily). Just check your water bill.
Spending less sounds easy; having
less can take some getting-used-to.