Originally Posted by callmecrazy
. . . This thread has long surpassed the actual '$500 a month' topic it was intended for. But, it still makes a good place to talk about being cheap
and thrifty, and I think we should at least attempt to keep the topic leaning towards minimalism and extremely low budgeteering.
(and I think we've done that fairly well so far, considering...)
I concur that this thread has covered the basics of what is necessary to cruise
on a micro-minimalist budget
arbitrarily set at $500 per month. In this age of 2012 US$500 is only Eur 392, GBP 326 and AUS $484. Living anywhere on that amount for 30 or 31 days is a real feat.
Staying on topic is never easy in any forum, but CF has been pretty good at self-correcting back to topic. Those who shout - well, I will post whatever I damn well please, or words to that thought would probably be a lot happier over on Sailing Anarchy or Lat & Atts.
Trying to stay on topic is very difficult especially with some juicy one-liners that manage to sneak in a post now and then.
But anyway to get back on-topic, the new direction of suggesting places where supplies and boat parts
can be found so that you do not pay "retail" for stuff is refreshing.
each year there are numerous Nautical Flea Markets where "old boaters" sell their stuff for pennies on the dollar. The Dania Beach Marine
Flea Market in March is one of the "biggies"- see: Dania Beach Marine Flea Market - The #1 Marine Flea Market In The World!
Usually with the fall and spring boat shows there are side areas with small marine
Then just about every major city in Florida
on each coast has used marine parts
stores where you can find everything from winches to MSDs to pumps and sail hardware
. One of the biggest is Sailorman on State Road 84 in Ft Lauderdale - see: Marine Supplies and Equipment | Boat Supplies | Marine Store
They are kinda like "pawn shops" for boaters. Folks bring in their old stuff and try to turn it into cash. If you spend some time asking around I am sure you will find such stores in just about every town/city with a boating