Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
To the subject at hand .... I'm enjoying both of the budget threads. Ok so this one is closest to the Wombat truth but the other too has its merits.
For Australians of course, as Mark noted, things have taken a turn fo rthe worse and we now need to find AUD1.20 for each USD but such it is. A bugger but to be expected I guess.
For us I fully expect that $3000 is probably close to the money. Our base plan is to spend a couple of weeks in relative isolation then a few days close to civilisation. We do like eating out but that is hard to budget for as we as much enjoy inexpensive Asian as we do anything else but then we also enjoy lots of anything else as well as inexpensive Asian. Pubs in Australian offer good food which with a nice bottle of wine and a couple of pre dinner drinks will set you back around AUD100-120 for two. Local Asian half that, fine dining double it and more.
On board we still eat pretty well. Yes there is a bit of Tofu and rice but that is because we happen to enjoy Tofu and rice. Most dinners would be meat, fish or poultry. Depending on season salad or vegetables, maybe pasta. We almost always have a bottle of wine with dinner, couple of pre dinner drinks and if it is turning into a late boozy old evening then we'll make a dent in a bottle of whiskey.
At this stage of the game we don't expect to cruise Europe though charter is not out of the question. Outbound .... when you say scared of parts of Europe is that scared of the weather or scared of the budget getting shredded ? I can understand both aspects but yes many parts of Europe can be very expensive when it comes to eating out though not so much for groceries and wine. Marina fees very high and in many places say, Iberia to Italy anchoring is not really an option in developed ports. New Shengen rules have upped marina fees in many previously cheap areas just outside the Shengen borders. I believe though that Western Med is still relatively inexpensive.
South Pacific and S.E Asia still the best place to be if you want to save your pennies.
The AUD getting a haircut has really crimped your mate's style. Now instead of drinking a dozen cans at the bar they only have ten, and blame it all on the yanks!
You'll do fine here TDW, and then you can afford to ship your boat to Turkey as the misses won't be having anything to do with the Indian Ocean....
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