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10-31-2016 02:15 PM
Re: Caribbean Liveaboard Costs

9 year old Post, but still a good read....
10-31-2016 01:49 PM
Re: Caribbean Liveaboard Costs

Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
Let's say somone has a suitable liveaboard sailboat that's paid for. And let's say they want to live in the Caribbean, either on the hook or in a marina for an extended period (say ~3-5 years). I'd like to hear opinions about what sort of a minimum monthly budget you'd need to make this happen. I know there's a ton of variables, but give me some ballpark figures. I'm not talking about a liveaboard vacation, but rather living aboard as a way of life. Simple pleasures, simple needs. Living off the sea and the land as much as possible. Have at it!
Most marinas down here have published their prices online, so you don't need us for that. However keep in mind that the rates are seasonal, so in season rates will be higher, possibly much higher.
As for day to day living expenses, those will depend on how you want to live. If you require steak 3 times a week and American food, your budget will need to be a lot bigger than if you eat like the locals. Many liveaboard residents down here spend a good part of their budget on 'happy hour'. If you are going to run a generator, as we do, then consider that roughly equivalent to paying utilities back home, with oil changes and maintenance. Of course, if you are in a marina you will be paying for both water and electric, also posted on their web sites.
Resident fees (cruising permits) can range from zero on some islands to us$300.00 for every 6 months in the Bahamas, or ec$75.00 a month in Grenada.
Moorings can cost from us$60.00 a month to over us$200.00, but I wouldn't trust ANY West Indian mooring and NONE are insured as far as I know.
Rather than trying to get a handle on something with so many variables from afar, it might be best to come on down and try to live within a budget similar to that which you have at home now. The majority of the savings on transportation and housing at home will surely be absorbed by repairs and up grades to the boat, dinghy and ground tackle expenses if at anchor.
10-31-2016 12:37 PM
Re: Caribbean Liveaboard Costs

One last note on the liquor front - we kept an arsenal of rum to share and, when it's real use was discovered, for trade. Came in handy a number of times with outlying customs officials, repair or fuel trade in small villages, booking someone to pick up mail from a post office that was hard for us to reach, or gifts having dinner or staying the night on land at new local friends' homes.

We generally bought it from the big rum factories that are still waterside throughout the Caribbean, and found in time that they were often happy to gift a bottle or two just for the novelty of a private sailboat pulling up to their docks
10-31-2016 12:30 PM
Re: Caribbean Liveaboard Costs

My parents' low-use low-cost strategy also allowed us to spend long periods at non-inhabited islands. Beautiful and peaceful, but you're on your own as far as resources go that don't come from the ocean or land.

We also sailed long passages without touching down on land and I don't remember it being too much of a struggle. They'd make sure the tanks and galley were stocked beforehand and it generally worked out alright.
10-31-2016 12:26 PM
Re: Caribbean Liveaboard Costs

I spent a handful of childhood-to-teenage years on a liveaboard in the Caribbean with my family and we spent very little. This was in the 90s so times, so adjust the advice for times changing.

We were always on the hook and the electronics we ran were mainly for the instruments (no TV, computers) and low volt lights. We never ran the fridge because we went on land often and would pick up the next days' food from markets on our way back to the boat, baked bread every few days, etc. We fished a fair bit, usually a ways from the coast.

Unexpected repairs were our biggest expense, followed by diesel, and fuel for the dinghy outboard as needed.

My sibling and I entertained ourselves with swimming, diving, exploring the areas we were in, and books. It was inexpensive and a good way to live.
09-23-2007 03:14 PM
sailingdog Not just you... pretty much the rest of the country too.... I actually feel a bit sorry for her, since it is obvious that she had an answer all prepared for a totally different question...and that her mind froze up under the unexpected pressure of having a totally different question from what she was expecting.

Originally Posted by Lancer28 View Post
Holy crap, I think I just got dumber watching that clip...
09-23-2007 03:09 PM
Originally Posted by huguley3 View Post

Holy crap, I think I just got dumber watching that clip...
09-21-2007 08:25 PM
kevsail81 Kwaltersmi,
May i suggest reading a book titled "the essentials of living aboard a boat"
In addition to giving a "ballpark" figure of liveaboards, it has a ton of usefull info on the subject of liveaboards, you can order it online for like 12 bucks. best of luck!
09-21-2007 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
When did Fiji move to the caribbean???
09-21-2007 04:59 PM
Freesail99 Home wine making classes coming soon. In fact we'll be picking grapes within the next week here ........ A credit card that you don't use may also help with emergencies.
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