". . . It talks about all the new stuff, which cruisers cruised without for a century,. . .
Sure, because the "stuff" did not exist back then. When I started driving cars, automatic transmissions did not exist. Anti-lock brakes did not exist. In car navigation
did not exist. Seat belts did not exist. Airbags did not exist. If you got into a head-on collision
it was simple - you died. The list goes on and on including many medical
drugs, antibiotics, and treatments that now keep you alive when back then you just died.
- - You do need a minimal level of safety
and legally required stuff and just common sense stuff that is available these days. But the secret to successful "minimalist cost" cruising is a small sturdy ocean friendly boat with very little machinery, pumps, plumbing
, and extra comfort items not directly related to getting you and the boat from "A" to "B" safely. If you do not have it you do not have to fix it.
- - There is no impediment to successfully cruising around the world on $500/month except your own expectations to take all your "condo" conveniences and appliances
, etc. with you. As outlined in many of the 600+ posts if you keep to the K.I.S.S. principle you will not be spending money
on stuff that is not directly related to safety
- - It is all determined by your expectations and buying
basic navigation and safety items is not a budget
buster. Engines, plumbing
systems (beyond powering safety/nav systems), refrigeration
, air conditioning
, microwave ovens, etc. put you into a much higher budget