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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

something happened and I lost a thoughtfull post to add to the conversation basically it said that there are STILL many places where money is not an object of desire but simply a faciliator

I know plenty of little islands where in fact MONEY was uselles...even the famed dolar or euro

why because there was no where to spend money...everytying was on a trade or barter system

when cruising islands one thing to never leave without is

cigarattes
mirrors
candy
toys for kids
and used shirts and clothes of any kind

we have traded and gifted this stuff all over the world with huge amounts of success

I mean a lobster or 2 for a used salvation army shirt?

see what Im saying...whats cheap and low budget to you is miraculous and absolutely impossible to fathom to others

so be wise and use it to your cruising advantage(while being respectful of course)

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Its not an easy life but it is wonderful most of the time
Well, try it and see how you go. As you are starting in your own country You can always return to normal work if you need to.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I cut the dock lines last July and have no intention of returning
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Well, try it and see how you go. As you are starting in your own country You can always return to normal work if you need to.
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?

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

There was a time I lived on land for less than $500 a month, but it was not a long period and I would not mind dumpster diving from time to time. I paid no rent (or rather I did some work in exchange for a place to stay) and commuted everywhere on my bicycle. Can it be done while living on a boat? If you are not using much fuel and like to eat fish and rice 5 times a week - that is likely doable. But if you are moving from place to place, you are bound to burn a good amount of fuel. I think $800 a month is more realistic.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

$500.00 a month seems a bit thin today. If the boat is sound and spares are not part of the cost you could "cruise" for that little with a spartan food budget. No 16 year old Scotch at dinner! Fuel is sometimes necessary and it can be a big expense. Without fuel costs "living aboard" as in "gunkholing" is possible in many locations. The Maine coast is ideal gunkholing in summer.

Can you hike and camp for $500.00 a month? 30 days of meals and toilet paper. That's 90 meals, snacks and drinks. Say 100 feeds? $5.00 / feed and drink with no money for anything else? Quite lean! No ice! No Beer! Freshwater? Occasional dockage. Fees! You must take in something as liquid every day? Beer works but it is at least half your budget.

In the right locations some food can be caught or gathered. Do you like rice? I do. It would be a great plan for loosing 30 or 40 pounds in 6 months! I should consider it!

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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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.
Its not an easy life but it is wonderful most of the time
Your coffee here in Bequia, bought just yesterday, was EC$38.00 or a hair over US$14.00 for 11 ounces. Just regular ground Folger's, nothing special, and I was very happy to find it.
I'm all for just getting out and doing it, but a certain level of financial where with all is important. If you spend everything each month of your budgeted money, what will you have left for emergencies? Every island we go to, there is someone stuck, because they do not have the money to repair a critical item (not air conditioning or even refrigeration; something critical). So they sit, trying to find the money, a cheaper part or something they can make do, hoping that someone will be kind, donating time and/or money (giving work), because their whole budget is taken up by survival.
By the way, last year, we motored less than 20 hours in about 3k miles, and that included a dozen or so island lees. That's not economics; that's why one has a sailboat, isn't it?
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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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?

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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.


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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Remember the OP is in a quite unique situation, his boat is 22 feet, no engine, has an outboard thats never used, a dingy he rows and his boat is fully stocked with food, and by the look of the photos is in good condition. So his expenses for his first year could well be negligible. For him a $500 budget could be luxury. He may well be able to save.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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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.
Not to change the line of the thread, but you have a yuloh? How far have you come With it? I made mine last year and have found it very interesting to operate. Mine is 6m for a 8 ton boat. Saves me a heap of Money against mechanics trying to bleed me dry.
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