Mark, Y I am curious and you have a big experience in what regards that: How much do you have averaged in costs for month in what regards cruising? I know that's very different, depending on locations but let's say on the Caribbean and on the Med?
Vastly more than this thread suggests. I have been out for 5 years.
My outgoings projected for the boat this year to upgrade and maintain is close to $15,000. $20,000 if i want a few luxuries like a new dinghy and 15hp ob.
This thread is about a guy doing very little on a very small boat in a limited area of one very cheap country with negligible spend on tourism, little or no major maintenance, and if his folks go to hospital he can catch a bus home to visit them. Just to fly home urgently from where i am now to Australia, ie book and fly next day, is $4,200! Ok we may say we never will do that, but my Mum is 87 and had 2 strokes, and when the quacks say come home i want to.
So the figure that keeps coming to mind over the 5 years and is the approximate bottom line of most cruisers in the 36 to 45 foot boat range is about $20,000 USD per year including maintenance, refitting etc, excluding air fares, marinas, extensive land travel, extensive car rentals etc, and anything that can be called a luxury.
I think thats pretty cheap, actually.
When folks talk about cruising on $500 per month they are generally talking about food cost only, and beer. Thats about right. Its everything else that shoves the price up.