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Old 08-02-2018, 03:58   #16
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Re: Cruising, how much $$$?

Originally Posted by fabgo View Post
I have no plans to watch the newbie video, but maybe we can turn this into a useful discussion nonetheless.

David, 10-18% of 230K every year sounds very high. If I take the middle of that figure it ends up as 30K/year just in maintenance? What does this include?

I looked at some long-term (8-10 years) cost numbers shared by a few cruisers and also asked some long-term boat owners I know, and the cost was closer to 10-15K a year, although of course individual years vary widely from this average.

This does not include fuel, docking, insurance etc. of course.

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Hi Fabian,

First, I live far from the Boat, so all maintenance was done professionally at $85/ hr., and in the last 3 years included a brand new NL 6kw gen, a new AirCon unit, new fridge/freezer, etc, it sadly was indeed averaging $25-30k per year. I accept that DIY would be far more affordable for people.

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Old 08-02-2018, 05:01   #17
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Re: Cruising, how much $$$?

I sail down to the Caribbean from the Chesapeake with 4000 dollars to my name, 4 months later I sailed home to Florida with 2500, I went everywhere from virgins to grenidines and had the time of my life, I picked up bacpacker crew sxm and they made me feel like a gluttonous American even on my meager budget, fun can be free, and if you don't need a steak everynight 300 and month on food is easy, but you'll be making every meal yourself, do i wish I worked longer and saved up more, hell no.

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Re: Cruising, how much $$$?

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Regarding only the food budget, from my experience in another life of living out of my VW camper all around the Med for the better part of a year, 300 is totally doable. Hell I could even get an alcohol budget in there... Secret of life: learn to love Indian food; there's nothing cheaper! We made our own flatbread with flour and water on a gas stove, and between rice and lentils and eggs and a few other things like dried legumes (all super cheap and keep well) plus a big box of spices, you really can chow down for pennies a day without ever being too bored. Then step it up, catch a few fish once in a while, make a curry, go about your day with a on your face
The best part about saving money on an Indian/hippie diet is that you will also save a lot on medical bills down the road.


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