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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

it just depends

on our trip it was pb an js and we cruised(2 men) with much less than 500

on another boat I cruised on they were spanish and loved cooking and only ate out when they wanted cold beer

if you cruise islands and hop around and stuff I remember not even opening my wallet for what felt like months...no need. we spear fished, dug clams, hooked octopus...ate potatoes and rice all sorts if way and stuffed ourselves with dry tuna and saltines we made on ocean crossings

money can be seen one of two ways a commodity or a necessity

I see it as a facilitator when you are in areas that require it

fortunately I still traveled to places where it was almost non existant and that brought hope and life into my trip like nothing else.

go NOW and make odd bits of money doing whatever hobby pleases you

I knew plenty of rich cruisers and non rich cruisers who out of fun made jewelry or clothes or bartered cigarettes for bottom work or whatever...just go and be happy

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Thanks Gary, our little outboard rarely works so we sail everywhere. I do have a Yuloh I'm working on but the mount still needs perfecting which I'm hoping to do over the next few months. I used 2 gallons of gas last year but here in the Salish sea you can sail everywhere and I often go less than 10 miles between anchorages and stay as long as its new and unique. the currents here really help if you use them to your advantage but I have to say being engine less can suck from time to time. the hardest part about the small budget is I would like to eat out more just because I enjoy that so much but its not a deal breaker and when I do get to eat out I truly appreciate it. We do sacrafice for sure.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

if you are ever around central america(el salvador) dinner is on me up here in coffee mountain land...at my restaurant

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I suppose one could "live" on $500.00 a month and cruise, but what kind of life would it be? On my circumnavigation in the seventies, $500.00 a month was a pretty healthy cruising budget, but today, it's awfully lean.
Living from the sea is not nearly as easy as it was back then and many island groups do not allow a visiting yacht to spear fish and in some places, fish at all. We might spend EC$20.00 on a pineapple here in Bequia, and only EEC$8.00 in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, but who wants to hang out in Vieux Fort?
What are you going to do should you have any problems, split a sail, break a halyard or sheet, anything, which will cost money to repair or replace. Not eat for 3 weeks? Most countries will not allow you to work without the proper paperwork, and working for other yachts will probably not net you much cash, unless you are very good at something most of us don't do for ourselves, and build a very good reputation.
I'm not saying it can't be done, only asking if it's not worth it to work a bit more and cruise with a bit bigger budget. It can't be a whole lot of fun, never to be able to go to the local watering hole, when invited by friends for a 5 o'clock drink, or a meal out with them, because your budget just doesn't have a few dollars leeway.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

it's funny. I got into an argument at work with a girl who insisted you had to be a millionaire to circumnavigate. Anything I tried to say otherwise was met with a "********!" statement from her.. or the famous "Lies!"

I will admit, except for rent and paying for my Disco, I live pretty cheaply. Factor in Electricity, Gas, Cable, and water.. and I bet I could live on a few hundred a month as long as I could get cheap places to drop the hook or pick up a mooring
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I will admit, except for rent and paying for my Disco, I live pretty cheaply.
Yeah, but you can blow a crapload of money buying Gloria Gaynor and Brothers Johnson rarities. Especially on 8 track. Man, that Disco can be an expensive habit.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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it's funny. I got into an argument at work with a girl who insisted you had to be a millionaire to circumnavigate. Anything I tried to say otherwise was met with a "********!" statement from her.. or the famous "Lies!"

I will admit, except for rent and paying for my Disco, I live pretty cheaply. Factor in Electricity, Gas, Cable, and water.. and I bet I could live on a few hundred a month as long as I could get cheap places to drop the hook or pick up a mooring
It all depends on what you call a millionaire but it takes money to do that unless it is a non stop circumnavigation: Many thousands of dollars, more than the price of some old cruising boats around.

I do extensive cruising (about 4 months a year) and live in a boat. Living on two pensions (me and my wife) have cut our income a lot but i figured out that I could not have money and time and I choose time but with the kids yet finishing university and having that boat and house to maintain I cruise on a tight budget but you need a budget for cruising otherwise you are surviving on a boat.

Capta had already talked about maintenance costs and I would say that, with the winter parking of the boat would amount at least for about 4000 euros. Only that would amount be near the 500 USD you are talking about.

Regarding cruising, even staying out of marinas, with only rare visits to some inexpensive ports and eating a few sometimes out, spending very few diesel and sailing almost all the time I guess that I spend (me and my wife) between 1000 and 1500 euros a month.

Off course, if we stayed a lot of time on one of those rare places where the shelter is perfect and the life is good, we could make it with less, but that would not be cruising. Cruising for me is to be on the move, discovery new places and enjoying sailing and that is a lot more expensive that staying or living in the boat in one or two places.

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Yeah, but you can blow a crapload of money buying Gloria Gaynor and Johnson Brothers rarities. Especially on 8 track. Man, that Disco can be an expensive habit.
touché...
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

There are two sides to every coin. I could get a job, spend my waking hours making my boss wealthy and spend my evenings reading sailnet living vicariously through others. OR I could take my little boat that suits me perfectly sail off and explore and live the life I love minus a few extravagances. I certainly don't live up to the expectations of many of the sailors I meet but I will let you in on a little secret. When Monday morning rolls around I'm sitting in my cockpit sipping piping hot coffee in the morning sun while all the guys who pitied me and my little boat over the weekend are fighting Monday morning traffic.

One of the biggest misconceptions of where I am currently sailing is that there is not enough wind to sail in the summer. I sail everywhere. The truth is that most people here simply don't have the time to sail. They get off late Friday night, motor to the islands drink themselves into a stooper and hurriedly motor home in time to be at work Monday morning so they can brag to all their friends of their sailing adventures.

Its not an easy life but it is wonderful most of the time

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