First off let me say that we've been out for close to five years now, so I'm speaking from a little experance..
And I wonder WHY so many people, ( mostly those still on land I believe) are hung up on this money
thing when It comes to cruising.. I'll agree it cost to get out here as we sold our house to make the change but thats about about the last concern we've had about money..
I'm sure that those that are out here will agree, when you need something, there usually is an answer before the question appears..
I needed new standing rigging
for the boat, at a cost of around $3500.00.. I felt I needed this for around a year, as we didnt want to go south without doing it.. Well we picked up a canvas
job that covered the cost.. Most all repairs
on the boat, I do myself, what else would I do with my time.. and I keep a list going, and the boat looks and opperates great.
The last marina we were in, for about a year or so, I washed a couple boats on the dock
each week to cover the cost of the slip. and the marina were in now, the wife works in the store part time to cover the slip rent..
We do own a fairly new Jeep (2004) paid for, but we only go to town once a week or so.
What I'm getting at is, the cost of living the cruising lifestyle, as we are doing it,
to be honest, is almost nothing..............
WHAT WE ARE DOING, is taking long walks around the bay, going to sleep at the sounds of halyards clanking and seeing the stars overhead, waking up to the sea-guls barking at each other. and maybe, just maybe, the grandkids will be out this weekend and well go fishing
in the ding.
To many, I'm sure money is a big object, but to us, we've pushed it off to the back side..
And as I write this, my wife has just accepted a couple bags of fruit and veggies from a local neighbor for the fish
I caught and shared with them a couple days ago..