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The dream becomes reality..

Last week we put the package together to finance our dream.. Instead of a saying it would be lovely to sail off and not come back at the end of the week we will sail off in the autumn and not come back ...

We already have the boat an Outremer 40/43.. So the big ask is what should we should do/not do by ready of getting ready.. What works? what to look out for?

Can anyone share some experience on costs?

We plan to start going towards the Canaries then the Med in summer with one definate objective, the Outremer Cup, which is more of a party for outremern owners than serious racing..after that any ideas or avoids please.
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Well firstly congrats and good luck.

There are many questions I would ask before adding some views - namely are you and your boat ready/experienced enough etc.

However, after all, you have made the right decision and are acting on it so good for you. I have found that cruisers are cruising for a season, a while, a trip, a passage etc etc, then go ashore [ like we have] for a while, then plot and plan the next trip.

I think the bottom line is do whatever you want to and are comfortable doing, regardless of where and what others have done.

cheers. If you ever get over to Queensland, give me a call
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Thank you St Anna so much for your encouragement.. We have been coastal sailing for some 30 years so know how to sail and navigate..

Queensland.. That is the bottom of the garden from us.. Or, are we at the bottom of your garden? we will get in touch if we ever make it to your neck of the seas..
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Thank you St Anna so much for your encouragement.. We have been coastal sailing for some 30 years so know how to sail and navigate..

Queensland.. That is the bottom of the garden from us.. Or, are we at the bottom of your garden? we will get in touch if we ever make it to your neck of the seas..
Well, have a great time. post some pics
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Can anyone share some experience on costs?
Cost can very wildly. We are a few yrs from doing the same thing you are doing. We have researched the cost issue a lot for the past 3 yrs. From what we can find is cost to cruise and live-aboard full time depends more on you than anything else.

Will you eat out or cook?
Will you anchor out or stay at a marina?
Plan to check in and out of many different countries?
Plan to sight see, take tours, rent cars, shop at souvenir shops?
Carry every insurance you can with low deductibles?
Fly home to see family???

The list goes on and on. For each person the list will be different.

Our plan is to make sure every single dollar is spent as wisely as we can. To help keep us from hating each other for buying things one of us wants (but not really needed) is to give each of us a monthly budget to spend or save anyway we want. Living on a strict budget will be hard to do, but in the long run it's the smartest way to live.

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Congrats Tomsailing, welcome to the water world. I have been doing what you are going to do for the last 12 years now and love it. I seriously doubt I would ever move back to a land based residence. I have met a lot of wonderful people in my travels around the world. Someplaces I would visit again and some I would not.
Always look for the good in people and have a wonderful time.
Fair Winds to ya and cheers
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