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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

We've been saving furiously for 8 months on two middle class incomes and we should have enough to cruise the Sea of Cortez for a year or so.
We own a house and rental income should cover the mortgage while we're gone.
After much research, we're estimating living on about $1100/month while anchoring out down there.
Small, simple inexpensive boat (28' Pearson Triton) that we paid cash for should help keep costs down.
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Your boat is absolutely magnificent! A true beauty.

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John that was funny. It is an fc and I did pay cash for it but it was by total accident. One day after signing my final divorce papers this little boat found me, she was half price and a worthy investment. When she arrived on her borrowed trailer my life savings was 00.19 cents, so there you have it I got lucky but after 25 years "i'm 43" of sailing and rebuiling boats I think it was finally my time. As of today I have no engine, head, ice box, nav equipment... I do have a compass all plain sail in good condition and my youth.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

$1100 a month is a huge amount of money to be cruising the Sea of Cortes on, far more than I have ever had in 40 years of cruising. My total cost of living is less than most people pay for moorage. Don' tie to docks.
Don't pay others to put your beans and pea soup in cans for you .Buy it bulk and cook it yourself. Can your own meat and fish. Make your own bannock in a cast iron fry pan.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

Brent, I just met some kids here in Bellingham, they bought a beautiful Swain hull and deck, busted their ass's for a year putting in a basic interior and sailed away with a pocket full of cash and a boat full of tools. Their plan is to finish her in Mexico. Just thought you might want to know.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

The $1100/month includes things like health insurance, the water and trash bill that follow us, car insurance and storage, etc. Also built in $300/month boat maintenance. We're hoping that the food/entertainment/fuel are more like $450/month. How does that compare with what you've seen for the Sea of Cortez? We'd love to get a recent, real life account, as ours is simply a guess at this point.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

I wore a blue short sleeve shirt with a name tag to work every day for 30 years, so when a friend called me "a member of the privledged elite" during a political discussion I almost fell off his yacht from laughing so hard.
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I wore a blue short sleeve shirt with a name tag to work every day for 30 years, so when a friend called me "a member of the privledged elite" during a political discussion I almost fell off his yacht from laughing so hard.
Sadly, in a country where over 50% of the population is low income ($45,000 total or less for a family of 4 Census data: Half of U.S. poor or low income - CBS News) you may very well be somewhat privileged nowadays, esp if u have a decent union job. Again, it's all relative...
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

I'm 15 almost 16 and i'm deffinatly on a shoe string budget. i don't have any bills to pay yet. I do work and most that money goes to the boat. i don't have the money to pay people to do the work for me so i learn what i need to do and do it myselft. i think most of us do that. Theres also a real sense of pride working on your boat yourslef and see the end result.
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