but isn't that the point and the challenge?
to try and quantify and bracket the unpredictable costs
for those who haven't been there?
and i take your point, a sinking would be catastrophic.
thats why it is outside the brackets of typical.
i could contract
colon cancer also, but that is also not typical.
a broken chain gypsy is (broke one myself in fact).
what is the typical "value" once must be expected to scrounge up
off the local economy or from other sources than cash if one is to cruise
one gentleman commented he has refit
his boat while cruising on $488/month.
For me, that would be improbable without some creative drawing on the local environment
. Obviously he is very creative and good at it.
I seem to have hit some self sufficiency wall that refuses to acknowledge that
budget cruising relies to some extent on free contributions from others or the local economy.
When not cruising, i live on a mountaintop in the forest.
I have no phone
, no mail delivery
, only the electricity i can make myself,
i grow food
, harvest timber for heat and building materials and my nearest neighbor
is over 3 miles away and there are no public roads to get here. I know what
self sufficiency means and it has a cost. I can quantify that cost
as well as the value i get from friends largesse in occasional loans of machinery
that i do not have to buy myself. In this day and age no one is completely self sufficient (though i am trying).
Many people move here and wish to try this lifestyle.
When people ask the costs, my replies include such things as the $240/year i don't
spend on rotovator rentals because a friend 84 miles away loans me one.
If they wish to try this lifestyle, they need to know that.
There are at least a dozen things i routinely depend on others contribution
to cut my costs. It is easily quantifiable.
I return the favours as well which is something harder to do
in the peripatetic lifestyle of cruising.
As one tries to do more with less, the reliance on outside sources seems
an important factor. (and perhaps those sources frustration with never
seeing the favors returned as more and more places ban cruisers from
using their formerly open facilities).
I have beaten this poor old horse to death.
Enjoy your cruising regardless of your budget.
we now return you to your regularly scheduled thread . . .