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04-22-2008 01:39 PM
SYMandalay Glad you like the link.....I will be adding more from time to time.

04-17-2008 05:22 PM
buckeyesailor Great Link Mandalay!.......Lots of stuff I can use there for my trip to the Bahamas next winter........
04-17-2008 04:35 PM
SYMandalay You might find article #8 on the page below helpful.

It's almost impossible to answer your question unless you define what to include. Insurance? boat payments? stuff back home? just expenses underway?

04-16-2008 11:38 PM
moanasailing cruising costs "as much as you got". We just returned from cruising for three years across the South Pacific. Our average monthly expenses were under $1000. One of our most enjoyable months we only spent $100. We found we spent less in isolated places and expensive places. Ironically in cheap places we often went out more and spent more.
04-12-2008 08:06 AM
kenalewis My wife and I moved aboard our 41 ft. sailboat last fall. In addition to articles in various mags that help with cost models, you can make one of your own. I remember a very good article by Leonard (I think) which profiled costs in three categories which you can use to calibrate against your own lifestyle. Use their categories as a starting point and add important items of your own. Then, get specifics for yourself. Copy your food budget into the spreadsheet, same for entertainment, etc., unless you plan to make a lifestyle change. Consider your onboard equipment carefully, you will be anchoring out a lot and dinghying around for provisions and to sight-see.
If you start your own spreadsheet, you can modify your items and costs as your research progresses. However, the cost of unforseen events, like the nearly 100% cost increase in diesel fuel, is difficult to predict. So we have a little 'nest egg' for contingencies that is not used for operating expenses, it's for repairs, equipment replacement, etc. For us, food costs a little more than we planned, and we motored a little more than we planned. I think if you develop a basic budget and tweak it as you read these articles, you'll get pretty close, and when you finally start living aboard you'll do what everyone else does -- adapt. Happy sailing!
04-11-2008 05:57 PM
Depends on your lifestyle

We are planning the same escape and in my research it seems to really boil down to how you like to live and where you want to go. Some places are much cheaper than others.
If plan to not spend money eating at restaurants, hanging out in bars and anchoring out instead of hooking up to shore power then you can get by pretty cheaply maybe in the neighborhood of $800.00 to $1000.00 a month but is seems that more often it is closer to double that amount. This includes insurance, moorage fees and such. It doesn’t include major replacements of items such as sails or engines.
I am also hearing that the cost making landfall is getting out of hand…. Due to extortionate government rip-offs for "cruising fees" $150-$300 fee per boat for entry is becoming typical in many areas.
We do not currently have our boat yet so all my info is definitely second hand. We are on the "two year plan" and intend to start retirement at least semi retirement by 2010.
04-11-2008 05:25 PM
ebs001 No, it's not income tax - how much did you make: send it to us. % of your total buget.
04-11-2008 05:18 PM
Originally Posted by ebs001 View Post
The nice thing about some of these articles, including the one I listed, is that the costs are done as percentages.
A percentage of what you own

Paul L
04-11-2008 05:03 PM
ebs001 The nice thing about some of these articles, including the one I listed, is that the costs are done as percentages.
04-10-2008 08:20 PM
sailingdog Be aware, as the articles get older, the costs related in them are less and less accurate.
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