Originally Posted by Ex-Calif
CmC - your 800 a month is admirable if all "sustaining" costs are included, especially if the operation of a car is factored in.
I have kept detailed records of my 25 foot boat costs and posted my budget. I sort of got derided for my antifoul costs, but so what.
I would love to see what "minimalist" cruisers, or even owners of sub-30 foot boats are actually spending per month on their budget.
My boat costs alone have run about $500 a month on average over the last 4 1/2 years. I do not hace the luxury of marina dumpsters and craig's list here in Asia
. They are likely the worlds best recyclers.
Not having craiglist, thrift stores, and suburban dumpsters certainly makes acquiring things more difficult. But, you can still you use Ebay and probably make out better paying for shipping
than you would buying
most things new. And as boatman suggested, hanging out in the right bars and boatyards
might reveal a few local treasures...
The reason craigslist isn't very popular in places like where you are, is because people continue to use their old gear
until it fails. Unlike in the US, where stuff gets thrown out or sold for cheap
just because something new came out or the fashion of the day changed....so you're kinda on your own there. But it's a good lesson to be learned for the budgeteers
My actual living expenses are as such:
$200 a month for the marina (electricity and water
$200 a year on insurance
(which is about 16/mo)
$200 a month on both food
and gas for the car. All the ammenities here are very close by and work is about 7 miles away, so I spend about $10-15 a week on gas. And I try to keep my grocery bill under $40 a week including hygene products and stove fuel
. Sometimes this fluxuates, but not by much...
So that's around $420 so far...
I spend about $200 a month on 'entertainment'
$45 a month on unlimited cell phone
I steal the internet
, but I can tether to my phone
, if need-be...
What else is there? about $10 a month on laundry
That leaves around $100 a month for 'maintenance'. Which I'm not actually doing yet. I make about $1200 a month (don't work much), so that 'extra' $400 is going directly to the refit
If I stop the refit/savings process, I could still cover a 2-year haul-out schedule and paint
with about $50 of that extra $100 above.
I'm not going to claim any attempt to go cruise
at exactly $500 a month, but I don't see my average expenses changing much once I move things around a little.. no rent, or boat insurance
, a drop in enterainement costs, swap car fuel
for boat fuel, etc.. and I would have more than enough for regular maintance and still be able to buy a girl a drink whenever I want and use the internet