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cheap,ha not exumas
We pass thru gtown each winter. There is little work there. I do know your cruising permt doesn't allow u to sell or render services for payment. There is a very large well connected cruisers community. can't say on living off the land,don't think that's possible,the locals don't even grow their own food,everything comes by mail boat..cheap rate also aren't there either.average cheap meal is $15 at peace n plenty. Water is free at dingy dock behind market,bring. Jerk cans .like all the Bahamas gtowns come on hard times,the. Bank n airp9rt are the bigger employers,again only local. I suggest u find a crusing guide unless ur well provisioned n have a few bucks to buy things u didn't bring ur not going to have a easy time. Or cheap time..
Go to the abacos. The nothern Bahamas u might have better luck w/work,bartering and so on ...
Btw how are ur going to manage the crusing permit fee,it'd $150 for boats under 40feet,$300 for those over 40ft
Yes they do check.
Nothing now a days is cheap or free on a boat
Originally Posted by birdpepper
NOt sure where I should be posting so apologies in advance.
Greetings and so, so happy to find this Forum!
Looking to cruise the Exumas starting next month. I am told Georgetown is a good spot to be around other cruisers and that this helps keep things cheap. I am hoping to stay 4-5 months.
Does anyone have any good (and realistic) tips on how to stay down there as long as possible as CHEAPLY as possible?
1. Cheap potable water (I try to catch as much as possible but do not want to rely solely on my rain catch).
2. Ways to make money.
3. Is this particular cruising community one that likes to barter? (For example, I clean the bottom of your boat in trade for food).
4. How much can I rely on living off of the sea, wild berries, fruits etc.?
5. Are there good, local "cheap eats" on land where you can get one big meal that can hold you over for a couple of days?
Please share any and all tips, ideas etc. I am all ears. I am determined to make this journey a success regardless of my lack of financial resources.