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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
This subject really is only tangentially about cruising. It's more about who a particular person is, and what their necessary lifestyle is. After reading so many of these posts, it really starts to dawn on you, that just as many people have very different opinions on what level lifestyle constitutes minimum, adequate, and luxurious on land, many people have very different opinions on what constitutes these lifestyles while cruising.
I again think about how I lived in college and when first starting out, on very little money, and then how I lived when more money became available. It's easy to get the (erroneous, in my opinion) idea that you have to have a certain level of increasing money to remain happy throughout life.
I really want to get back to the basics and what made me happy when I didn't have any money. I've taken a few cruise ship vacations, and there wasn't one single port we went to that I didn't wish I was on a sailboat, any sailboat, and anchored there, instead of cruising there in the lap of luxury.
My last cruising partner didn't see it that way, and we spent an obscene amount of money on marinas and air fare going back home to vistit, in the year we cruised that still pisses me off (we could have stayed twice or three times as long if we had spent more time on the hook, and less time flying back for unnecessary trips) My wife and I just flew to Key West a couple of months ago for a week, and I pointed out to her that for what it cost us in air fare and hotel rooms, we could have spent a couple of months there on our boat. She is like a lot of people. She wants to go, but is really scared for us to cut the lines and go, and comes up with one hurdle after another that must be jumped before we can go.
You either want the cruising lifestyle, or you don't. And, if you want it, you will find a way to make it work on the money you have. I think that has been proven over and over again by the people who have done it.
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