We bumped into each other a few months ago in Martinique
when we were heading south and you were going north. At the time, you were stocking up on cheap
French goods. It is an interesting thread you have started, but I reckon there are very few cruisers left who are willing and capable of doing what you suggest. And those that are willing and those that actually do it, well, you will not find many of THEM on an internet
The problem with the attitude these days boils down, in its truly basic form, to the GPS
. Cruising in the 70s and 80s when I was a kid meant using a sextant
. These days just about any idiot with a few $ and a GPS sails
over the horizon. When we sailed into Chagos
in 1981, we were the second yacht in the anchorage. Nowadays there are 50 odd boats there and they pay for the privilege
Even though it is very easy to use a sextant
(my old man taught me when I was 11, it is just addition and subtraction with nothing over 360), the psychological barrier kept many shore bound. This was actually a good thing for those that did sail away because it kept the islands less crowded.
You may remember, but we row a rigid dinghy
, sail a cat with 2 small 8 HP outboards (no inboards), no generator
, no electric
pumps, no electric
winches for anything, and with 960 W of solar panels
. This means we SAIL and the sun and our muscles do the rest. The cat/mono issue, in terms of marina costs, is irrelevant when you always anchor
out (or run up on the beach), the point is NO MARINA.
Anyway, bla bla, it comes down mostly to attitude. Although I still think $500 is quite optimistic, it can be done if needed and you are young and desperate. In the Caribbean
, we averaged $1000 a month with everything about a decade ago - including car rental, boat maintenance
etc. SE Asia
and SW Caribbean
is cheaper. The maintenance
item is v Important, you can reduce costs by letting your boat run down, but you are actually paying a "hidden" cost in terms of lack of maintenance. When you sell the boat, that hidden cost will reveal itself.
Our logic is a decent boat that sails
well, has simple systems and we minimise hired external expertise so much it is almost zero. The rest is mental. But you also want to enjoy yourself and see a bit of the wonderful countries you visit? Well, it will probably be over $500!