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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail
Don't expect valuable advice on low cost cruising from the marina queen crowd. The fact that they are still in the marina indicates that they haven't figured it our yet. When some of that crowd leaves for a "long" cruise ,it is often for only three years, then back on the treadmill for life. When you escape, you will meet all kinds of extremely resourceful people who have been cruising for decades on a shoe string budget. They don't own cars , houses, TVs, etc and don't ever pay moorage ,insurance, power and other landlubber expenses. You simply don't meet them until you leave consumer land behind. You wont find them among the marina crowd.
Many marina dwellers simply make a career out of finding excuses for not leaving. Some attack anyone who suggests that what they are giving are simply excuses, to avoid the frightening prospect of actually going.
Taking your advice from them will get you the same results, huge, unecessary expenses, and never leaving .
Some pay others, who have never cruised themselves, $150 an hour for advice on something their "Expert "advisor has never done himself , long term cruising.
It's far simpler than you ever imagined.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"