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24 Minutes Ago 01:52 AM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

no booze and no smoking buys you years and quality of and PRICELESS
2 Hours Ago 11:33 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Wow, 256 pages a sick doggie prompted me back to the docks and with that my budget went from $350-400 per month to well... several thousand a month. When I started this thread the number was just a guideline and the responses here have been fun, informative, amazing and in some cases just plain sily but I have to say as we soon learned after un cutting the lines, life in the real world is quite costly. Our simple nomadic life had us wanting and needing very little. Now that we have a real income again we also have needs that we didn't while aimleesly drifting about. We will set off again and we will again have that $500 per month target but its easy to see how so many living dockside could see this as so impossible. I have been so inspired by all the comments here that we have started taking notes and wonder if there is a good book in the future perhaps titled Voyaging on $500 per month. Thank you all for the inspiration and support, happy turkey day, or in our case rice and beans day
5 Hours Ago 08:39 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
We had ours a month ago, but yes, hope all our American friends are enjoying a good meal and happy times with friends and family.
hey mike very true my sister and other friends celebrated a while back...on the end I dont think of thanksgiving as a historical acheivment but mostly an ACT OF THANKS day

whatever youre thankful for just give thanks jajajaja


Ill soon be part of the very very 500 budget crowd as I hope to own a nice merit 25 sailboat by christmas, that I will get for less than 2 months budgets

oh the humanity

cant wait

12 Hours Ago 02:02 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post

We had ours a month ago, but yes, hope all our American friends are enjoying a good meal and happy times with friends and family.
15 Hours Ago 11:12 AM
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2 Weeks Ago 10:52 AM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I would love to go to new orleans just to taste the food scene! well I can hep with boat stuff too


as soon as I get a break from work I would love to travel locally...


ps. good luck with the refit...sounds awesome!
2 Weeks Ago 09:40 AM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post
hey bud long time no see! where are you again in the gulf?

just moved to the "area" wanting to see the ocean here soon and sail

hows some beer and chefy food for a nice ride down in the gulf? jajajaja
Hey, I heard you moved north. We are trying to get ready for a May departure on our next extended cruise and we are basically stripping the boat down to nothing for repairs and cleaning, so we're not going anywhere for a while!

But, anytime you are down near New Orleans, (I'm actually 70 miles east of there) give me a shout and I'll show you a cool part of the US (before Katrina, Emeril used to live in the same town I did, Pass Christian, and his kid went to the same school mine went to, and we would run into him and his wife every once in a while, but his house got wiped out with everyone elses.)
3 Weeks Ago 11:22 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
Could you share the names of the apps you mentioned. Thanks
I just saw them on TV a few weeks ago, and they were really neat - and I believe they worked on all the smart phones.

Here's a link for the Blackberry: The ECG Guide | QxMD Medical Apps

Here's one for an Android: AliveCor ECG comes to Android, transmits your palpitations to Instagram

Here's some more information that may be helpful:

3 Weeks Ago 10:10 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
About engineless, we encountered 1.5 boats in our travels with no engines. One was a guy in Panama who was living on a lot less than $500 a month, near as I could tell. He had about a 32' boat with two junk rig masts that were actually light poles that had a tendency to break. Saw him come in and anchor in fairly close corners in 20 knots or so, did it beautifully. He mainly ate fish he caught and coconuts and his dinghy was a local dugout canoe and a paddle.

The other guy, who was in Indonesia on a Bristol 27 used a sculling oar and could tie his tiny dinghy (2.5 hp motor?) on as a yawl boat. One advantage of no engine in a smallish boat is a lot more storage space between the size of the engine and size of the tank.
Always wanted to try out a sculling oar out on my boat. An engine can be the biggest drain on expenses when cruising. You can repair a sail pretty easy an injection pump not so much. No engine equals less problems and less expense. But, you better have your a good anchor setup and your anchoring technique down pat. Something which is always good to practice with the engine in neutral from time to time. Hoisting the anchor without the windlass is also good to practice in case the windlass should ever break. Guess how I know?
3 Weeks Ago 08:42 PM
Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Its hard to keep things cool when the water temperature is >80įF (which is great except for keeping things cool). We did not have much experience with medical facilities but in most places you will be cruising, they are actually pretty good based on visits we made in French Polynesia (Papeete and Mangareva), Fiji, and South Africa.
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