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Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 3:42:05 AM  

sailor214
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I may not have earned too much while living on land. But i want to get a handle on the cost of living aboard and cruising for good. I also plan on anchoring out as much as i can. I know that what i spent has a lot to do with the kind of lifestyle i want to have. What i need to know now are the ways on how i could watch my budget but still be able to have enough to enjoy every port i plan to visit. although, my plan is still to eat on board most of the time.

id really appreciate feedback from you all full-time cruisers. thank u
 
Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 12:19:38 AM  

saved_by_u
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you're the only person who can determine how much you'll spend on cruising and there are too many variables that will depend on ur boat's condition & of course, on your lifestyle.. if urs is an older boat, then that would need more repair. then consider ur cruising grounds.. unless u encounter major accidents, u can save by not having an insurance. people I've met usually spend $5000/month on cruising.. while this guy from BVI spends only $3k/cruising yr in his contessa 26. i think the answer is to save up as much as u can before your cruising date.
 
Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 12:23:28 AM  

tothemoon
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Let me say it may cost you $500 per month. Plus the other expenses. That will include saving up for your own peace of mind regarding the boat's insurance & your health insurance. And add up the separate amount for luxury, including your tours and dining in bars & restaurants! So save up today!

 
Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 12:41:16 AM  

laidback
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You may already be aware that there are several variations of cruising lifestyles that can determine your expenses. Always remember that there's no such thing as a typical cruiser. Once you anchor out, you will definitely enjoy every port you visit and it's not easy narrowing down your expenses. That's why they say that most people abandon cruising because their particular budgets do not seem to fit the hobby. And true enough, boat repair and maintenance are major expenses too.
 
Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 12:47:17 AM  

westcoast
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Try to read magazines and blogs where real life cruisers document their costs of living. For me, it will always be based on one's lifestyle and desires, not just on the boat.

 
Tuesday 9th October 2007 at 12:54:40 AM  

take_me_der
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It could be very different to the life on land, and way cheaper too for the most part however, it may really costs more than u think, plus there are always unexpected expenses to surprise you!
 
Thursday 11th October 2007 at 1:07:46 AM  

fly_guy
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Each variable they mentioned is associated w/ ur expenses. Learn to cut the cost on how you're living now and not how cruising can save you money. remember that your lifestyle is not going to chance when u cruise unless you do. And are u all the way ready to move your current life on the water and live by sailing? there are so many unexplored ways to save and make money while sailing. learn those in time! just like on land, your lifestyle will always happen how u want it to. The issue is "how long" can you support that lifestyle.

My budget always goes around $27,000 per year. I've done research on lifestyles that are minimalist in nature when it comes to cooking, water purification, wind generation, etc.. I also practice bulding & repairing damages by myself. I've collected numerous manuals on electrical, mechanical, and solar repair for my boat parts.. i've learned. so, i sail and live!
 
Thursday 11th October 2007 at 1:13:22 AM  

sailor214
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Wow! Thanks for all the information and knowledge! all of your styles sounds great! and i agree that a $27k budget for 1 year can already provide a decent lifestyle for anyone.

thanks for the input once again!
 
Tuesday 16th October 2007 at 10:43:15 PM  

champagne
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i think the cost of cruising lifestyle includes a lot more compared to normal living. consider the equipment failure, fees to enter the different countries, places you cannot anchor in, and the inability to work while you're away from the land. all those reveal the true cost of sailing lifestyle.

so there, the cost of repairs gets the largest part of your budget. i personally think it can never be cheap unless your super rich!
 
Wednesday 17th October 2007 at 12:17:06 AM  

coasttrip
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i think OTHERWISE! Cruising is actually a lot less expensive than the life ashore. when i cruised with my brother for almost 8 months, this is the average cost of our monthly live aboard expenses:

Marinas: $400
Eating Ashore: $600
Groceries: $470
Boat maintenance: $110
Diesel & Gas: $130
Wine & Alcohol: $80
Entertainment: $60
Misc: $150

TOTAL: $2000

Not included on that are the boat insurance, dental bills, health insurance, medical expenses, and home-related expenses

Plus, we spend twice of that amount for shore side expenses! So generally, living aboard is way cheaper than living ashore (for us). But actually, we do not sacrifice in any way. We go for any activity we wish to do like hiking, fishing, snorkeling, etc..
 
Wednesday 17th October 2007 at 12:22:35 AM  

sailor214
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thanks everyone for taking the time to answer my question and for sharing your actual sailing expenditures! these are just exactly the kind of information i was looking for. the only thing left for me to do is to execute my plan to go. and i know this is no small task! wish me luck...
 

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