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.......I was told my part of the fuel bill was $600. I paid it and said, "Please don't ever let me go fishing with you again".)
That is a fairly common stinkpotter expectation that their guests will pay for fuel for the privilege of spending time on their boat. I've had family (blacksheep stinkpotters) that I know feel that way.

It may be why I never expect anything whatsoever from a guest.


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That is a fairly common stinkpotter expectation that their guests will pay for fuel for the privilege of spending time on their boat. I've had family (blacksheep stinkpotters) that I know feel that way.

It may be why I never expect anything whatsoever from a guest.
My wife and I talked about that, too. There is no way to count how many people I have had out on my sailboats and my small center console powerboats, and I have never once, asked a guest I invited to contribute anything (hence the word "guest" and "invited").

I don't think he could afford to take it out unless he rounded up a bunch of folks to go with him like that.

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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

When I got the idea to look into being a cruiser I was standing on a dock with my wife looking at the boats and it went like this"

"That's what we need, a boat so we can take our home with us while we travel"
"I don't think we could afford the fuel to travel very far"
"Well we will need a sailboat then"

And that's how we got into sailing!
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My wife and I talked about that, too. There is no way to count how many people I have had out on my sailboats and my small center console powerboats, and I have never once, asked a guest I invited to contribute anything (hence the word "guest" and "invited").......
This is a different discussion, that has taken place elsewhere already.. but we've been guests and we've had guests on numerous occasions. We've never asked for anything from them, nor have be been asked. However when I can see added expense due to our presence (clearing fees that wouldn't have been incurred if we weren't there and they'd stayed put, eg, or extra food/drink) esp if they are normally frugal/limited budget cruisers I feel obligated to leave some funds or gifts behind to help out and as a token of our appreciation - and feel better for having done so. Usually despite some protestations these are graciously accepted.

But oddly I feel somewhat embarrassed when the situation is reversed and our guests do the same for us... go figure.
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It's also christian to not take others things, but wait to be invited.
Even if one isn't a God-Squady, many think those commandments are pretty good rules for life.

I must re-read them, but i don't think it says "Thou shalt not steal unless no one is looking".
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I found the best expression of the Golden Rule on the t-shirt of a rough looking teenager.

On the front: "Do unto others..."
On the back "...then split!"

Not my philosophy of course.

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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

There are so many variables in the "cost of cruising" discussions that it makes little sense to come up with some set number of dollars. The very large variables are : dockage vs anchoring, eating out or aboard, travel via airlines back home vs staying aboard, marina labor or DIY, and the general snootiness premium of wherever you choose to visit. The cost can be $1000 or $5000+. It's all dependent upon your personal budget. I find that being on the boat cruising is no more expensive than being at home because I don't shift into "vacation" mode when on the boat but live essentially the same way I do when home. Unless you do not own a boat when living ashore, most of the boat expenses still exist. Some boat expenses when cruising are offset by the suspension of house expenses like tel., elec., heat, internet, tv. Fuel can go in the boat or in the oil tank!

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But back on topic, it might be best to develop a cruising budget based on personal experience. Cruse for a week and see what it costs. Then cruse for a month and see what it costs. Then cruse for a few months and see what it costs. Then adjust your lifestyle to fit your available funds and cash flow. It is not hard to determine costs and frequency of boat-gear replacement and repair. Owners manuals, shop manuals, repair specialists have most of this information. Then don't forget the emergency fund account because major repairs come suddenly and cannot always be paid for with payments spread over time. A secondary benefit of going through this exercise is it can help you determine how suited you are for extended cursing. There is always a glut of boats for sale cheep at the virgin islands because many have jumped into the cruising lifestyle, beat their way against the trade winds all the way to the virgin islands and then decided the lifestyle was not for them. Had they simply turned around and enjoyed the easy downwind sail back to the US they may be still sailing and enjoying their boats today. A cruse becomes a curse when you turn the "ru" around to a "ur".

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I'll make a plug for a book I'm reading right now. The Capable Cruiser, by Lin and Larry Pardey, (in the newest addition I have), has a lot of stuff about what people are actually spending on cruises based on some surveys they did on their last cruise with other cruisers.

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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

Folks I cleaned up that recent 'religion' thread drift.. no disrespect to either viewpoint, but that was not even vaguely on topic anymore.

Carry on with the big spending!!

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