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Old 23-02-2015, 15:18   #16
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BTW I like to see dollars and not just %, if anyone else does see attached
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Old 23-02-2015, 15:20   #17
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So when the next cruiser posts their budget at $4000/mo will you up your numbers again and panic yourself out of ever going? I sure hope not....

All you know now is what it costs THEM not what it will cost YOU. I bet we could do the same cruise they did for $1000 less a month or $1000 more per month!
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Old 23-02-2015, 15:21   #18
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Fabulous info Chuck!
This is the type of info that blasts a hole in the Myth that you have to be rich, wealthy, or an evil 1%-er to cruise Paradise!

Your monthly expenses would almost be near poverty to many dirt dwellers busting their asses to earn enough for their $100 cable TV Bill, $400 Gas/electric bill, and $400/mo cell/internet family bill!

Thanks again for sharing....

Not to be a smart a**, but if I could get my land bills down to the numbers your quoting, I'd be able to buy that watermaker sooner.
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Old 23-02-2015, 15:27   #19
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All you know now is what it costs THEM not what it will cost YOU. I bet we could do the same cruise they did for $1000 less a month or $1000 more per month!
Yeap, YMMV.
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Re: 6 years of cost data

Thanks for collecting, organizing, and sharing your cost information so openly. Obviously, depending on choice of boat, cruising area, ability to do-it-yourself, and taste for luxury, each of our costs would vary, but you've provided a great starting point for estimating what it would cost to actually go cruising full time. Thanks!
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Thank you so much for this! I would also like to thank Sailorboy for the inclusion of dollar amounts (helps my wee brain). My conclusion is that you are more thrifty than most, and most of us should beware of using your numbers as our guides. As examples I will use eating out expenses. Less than $100/yr fro 3 of the 5 years! That is impressive. We didn't make that while in Mexico, and we think of ourselves as frugal.

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not the same Rumiko that we met in San Blas and towed into the estuary in the rain is it...oh the memories!
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Thanks so much for sharing this information. On average, how often would you say you eat meals onshore rather than cooking on the boat?

We do not eat out a lot. A lot of the meals were when we were traveling inland. Sometimes when we are near the boat but walking around we will have a lunch out. Dinner is rare when we are close to the boat.
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Awesome data collection.

Almost 20% of total was dockage in Med!!! Was this at the marina or mooring ball? What is the percentage of anchoring in 2014?
The cost almost all for marinas. Where we sailed last year we did not find a lot of mooring balls and at a couple of places we did find mooring balls a lot of small boats were tied up so we were a bit wary of their holding ability for a boat our size - 40' Jeanneau -. We could have anchored a bit more in a few places if we had not taken as many road trips as we did. We do not like to leave the boat on anchor is if we take off for a couple of days with no one to watch it.
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Thanks for sharing your info - fascinating to me in that your monthly totals exceed what we spend on land by a considerable margin - and we expect to spend less still once we're aboard! Hmm...

We sailed in to Rockland Harbor, nice place in the summer.

It really depends on where you sail and your boat and the amount you spend on your boat. As you will note we spend a lot on maintenance, supplies, and upgrades for the boat. Our first priority is the boat.
Second is insurance.

Look at Third Days cost for western Mexico. I can understand how it could cost that. Our costs were in the low 2k as long as we were in the western Caribbean but went up when we headed to the eastern Caribbean. But a lot of that was boat stuff and dockage for hurricane season.

Of course if you come across the Atlantic you can expect to spend a bit more. Parts are expensive and non exsistent in a lot of ports and if you need something, like we needed an alternator in Brindisi, you have to have it flown in - expensive. And diesel is expensive in the Med.

Good luck with your budget.
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Thank you so much for this! I would also like to thank Sailorboy for the inclusion of dollar amounts (helps my wee brain). My conclusion is that you are more thrifty than most, and most of us should beware of using your numbers as our guides. As examples I will use eating out expenses. Less than $100/yr fro 3 of the 5 years! That is impressive. We didn't make that while in Mexico, and we think of ourselves as frugal.

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I agree that he was quite thrifty but his lowest year for eating out spending was 2010, where he spent an average of 2.45% of $3441.10 each month and that comes out to $84/month or $1012/year. Still extremely frugal by most standards, but quite a lot closer to what I would probably spend than $100/year is.

This is an area where expenses can vary widely that has almost nothing to do with being on a boat or maintaining that boat. For example, if you eat out with drinks just twice a week along with a couple lunches off the boat, you could easily spend 10 times what the crew of Soulmates spent, driving up your total budget by 25% just for this one item.
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No health insurance? That's one of our biggest expenses, as US expats living abroad.
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No health insurance? That's one of our biggest expenses, as US expats living abroad.

Caibul -- no we do not have health insurance. We do have medicare part a & b but beyond that none. We were going to join a group plan with some friends but found out we were to old. We figured by the time we pay for health insurance and then add in the copay we are better off paying direct and not having insurance.
That does not mean we have not had medical issues or been to docs. Admiral had hand surgery in Colombia and now Tunisia, I have had 1/2 my nose replace in Trinidad due to some non miligant cancer issues, shoulder surgery in Tunisia with 2 screws and we both have gone to denists and dermotologist in multiple locations and outside the USA medical cost is very low.
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I'm really interested in the data as I shall be moving aboard permanently in 6 weeks. Can't open the file though.... it says Excel (.xls) but then tries to open a php file. Won't open it on laptop or iPad. Can anyone help?
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I'm really interested in the data as I shall be moving aboard permanently in 6 weeks. Can't open the file though.... it says Excel (.xls) but then tries to open a php file. Won't open it on laptop or iPad. Can anyone help?

Works for me, possibly right click and save as?

Maybe PM and ask for the file to be sent direct through email?
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