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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

Yes, a restaurant costs more. I'm certain more people understand that than they understand the systems they have aboard.

I'm a pretty good cook, but not everything is going to be possible, at least not practical, to replicate aboard. I had a lamb shank with a red wine veal demi glace the other night. Are you going to make a demi aboard? It's just a different experience.

I'm also a big fan of the concept of a Public House (ie pub). Its more than a place to nourish, its a place for social interaction. Our favorite spot is an American Bistro, whose long bar is along the entire side of the restaurant and the dining tables are essentially in the same room. It's energetic, top notch food, we always know someone there. The entire staff knows us as well. Its an American public house with 5 star food. That can't be replicated aboard.
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My planned $3000/mo budget for 2 people breaks down to:
food - $1200
boat (mooring, maintenance, insurance) - $1000
eating out & entertainment - $500
phone - $100
misc - $200

So we drifted off the thread and I had my part in it (except for the eating at McDonald's because that was genius talking).

The topic is the above budget for a long term cruiser (talking years) going from place to to place. Some of those months will be higher and some lower, but the location gets taken into account and you vary the time in each to make it work. The $3000/mo is in today's money and you have to be aware of inflation, you either have to spend less each year or have income increase to maintain.

If this budget seems wrong to you (high or low), why and what would you change?
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Yes, a restaurant costs more. I'm certain more people understand that than they understand the systems they have aboard.

I'm a pretty good cook, but not everything is going to be possible, at least not practical, to replicate aboard. I had a lamb shank with a red wine veal demi glace the other night. Are you going to make a demi aboard? It's just a different experience.

I'm also a big fan of the concept of a Public House (ie pub). Its more than a place to nourish, its a place for social interaction. Our favorite spot is an American Bistro, whose long bar is along the entire side of the restaurant and the dining tables are essentially in the same room. It's energetic, top notch food, we always know someone there. The entire staff knows us as well. Its an American public house with 5 star food. That can't be replicated aboard.
You're right. You're definitely not ever going to make it on $500 a month.
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You're right. You're definitely not ever going to make it on $500 a month.
I hope not. It's far from my plan.
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You are right I can not be 100% sure. There probably is someone who believes it is cheaper to eat out than cook in. In which case they HAVE to dine out to stay on budget.
I will be that person.

In some places, the locals eat all their meals out (for example: Penang, Malaysia) because it is cheaper than cooking at home (cook at home for special occasions). In India you can get a Thali for $.50. No way you could cook that at home for that price.

Again, in some places, if you eat like the locals, eating out is cheap.
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I'm also a big fan of the concept of a Public House (ie pub). Its more than a place to nourish, its a place for social interaction.
Yep, those sort of places are great. Restaurants are fine if you have already got friends, but not if you've just lobbed in.
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I hope not. It's far from my plan.
I'm glad for you.

I should show you the list of things that have happened to me in my life that were far from my plan.
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......I should show you the list of things that have happened to me in my life that were far from my plan.
I've got one too. Cruising kitty isn't nearly the most important thing in life.
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Hard to quantify that. For example we ate Korean last evening and that was AUD50 before tip and alcohol. Previous evening at a local pub including drinks came to just over AUD100 half of which was booze but we only had one starter. Otoh, lunch last month for the Wombet's birthday was AUD500 but that was very much out of the ordinary .... thankfully.
Burger at the Darwin Yacht club was 25 bucks, mate.
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Burger at the Darwin Yacht club was 25 bucks, mate.

Now there is something I never would have probably learned. Even the chance of walking by the outside of a Yacht Club and reading a menu outside would be a reach on my budget. I'm pretty sure that in some long lost language that Yacht Club means "to suck money out well dressed boaters pockets" and was developed as a high end choice for those that would normally go to a pub.
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