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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
Go watch one of those restaurant rehab shows. They all say that the ingredients in a restaurant meal shouldn't cost more than 1/3 of the price charged for it. And, that doesn't even include the tip.
In other words, take the best restaurant meal you ever had, and know you should have been able to cook it yourself for 1/3 of what you paid.
Anybody here who drinks wine knows what the markup on that is at a restaurant. It can be anywhere from 200 to 500 per cent mark up. Does it taste better when you pay that much more for it?
Buying it yourself and making your meal on your boat, instead of eating out at the Tiki bar, doesn't mean you're a bum.
Neither does finding a place you can drop the hook instead of staying at a marina or on a mooring.
Knowing what I know now, I plan on spending a lot less on my next cruise.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico