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Re: The economics of sailing around the world
Didn't answer, haven't done it yet. We may end up as "East coast of America loop" people, although the attraction of the South Pacific islands and other locations is very real, brought-on in part through Mark's blog.
There are some must-have equipment items that I'd want, such as solar panels driving a fridge and freezer (and a watermaker). Now that I've read Richard Kollmann's book and installed an electric fridge and freezer on our boat, the cost versus benefit is amazing. A freezer can keep food for a long time and a fridge can keep locally-purchased food fresh. Over 3 years, I'd bet the system pays for itself just in the ability to store leftovers and buy in bulk. (And it's great to have cold drinks!)
So I personally wouldn't backdown from the $1K that I spent on our system. And we do our (currently very limited) cruising with all the tools, gauges, and refrigerant to fix our system or another cruiser's system. -- A possible source of income or at least a free beer or two.
From the above, I think the costs go down if you know how to fix your own equipment, and can therefore help others fix theirs.
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