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We have been planning to cruise for years. My wife can retire in a year and I have a 401K. We just bought the boat. Now I am having second thoughts. We dreamed of living at anchor and so far it has been hard to find a place to anchor... Every cove is surrounded by house or condos and has marinas. I hear that even Key West now has a mooring field and restricts anchoring. We have also met some long term liveaboards. It is seeming more and more like a hard life.
Our experience is very limited so far and we hope that we experience some better places. Right now my dream has turned more like a nightmare. Anchoring and living very close to nature but that nature is surrounded by $500,000 + homes and being looked at as a vagrant. The other anchorages have been crowded with jet ski''s and stinkpots. Anyone considering the cruising lifestyle should get some experience on two week vacations before commiting to the lifestyle. It may be better to take vacations aboard and wish for more time than to actually face living aboard year round. We may hedge our bets and rent the house for six months before cutting all land ties.
On topic we have been hoping to live on about $1500.00/month and keep the proceeds from selling our house as money to reenter life ashore.