First of all, would the person who changed my reference to Eric Hiscock's classic
text, Voyaging and Cruising Under Sail, please revert my attribution?
His book Wandering Under Sail, published shortly before the war, did mention Dyarchy, and his trip to Skye, but did not provide the reference and photos of a anchoring
pawl that I referred to..
Next, this thread is not promoting sea gypsying, or other denigrations of yachting mentioned earlier. And... Grenada
is a posslble place for a cruiser on a budget
, provided... he has a simple boat, uses local foods whenever possible, entertains aboard, uses public transport, etc.. Grenada's charges for cruising permits are low, there is no additional charge for anchoring
, there is no demand to use pumpout facilities, water
is available from the locals for next to nothing, they have local produce, the public transport system is frequent, island wide, and cheap
I apologize should anyone feel this thread hijacked another thread, with the same name, being new, I simply did not know of the existence of that one. However, that one does not seem to keep focused on the practicalities of actually going, and I intend to mentor this one so it does....
The respondent who mentioned cruising Puget Sound
and to Hawaii
and back is cruising just as significantly as those who set off for the Caribbean
, across the Atlantic, or anywhere else for that matter.
The respondent who frothed off about yachtsmen stealing cutlery, and napkins misses the whole point of this thread... which is how to control your expenses so you don't fall into that level of desperation.
To give you an idea of what is possible once you control your expenses, read Voyaging On a Small Income
by Annnie Hill, published by Tiller..
Think about this...
Friends of mine, a husband and wife teaching team from Canada
and their 4 children
spent a year on Penhryn Atoll in the Northern Cooks, teaching kids
at the local school
. The community adopted them and provided what it could for them, but such support did not include money. When I saw them in Whangerai NZ they were off to Korea
to teach English
the Cruising Kitty, the Kids
were in a local school
, and charged with keeping the ship safe and sound in their parent's absence.
The last item we discussed was dinghies and provisioning
The next item we need to cover is navigation
But before we get into that, I'd like to add my thoughts to those of the respondent who observed that many europeans, Kiwis, Aussies, etc, can be found backpacking and yachting around the world on shoestrings, but Americans are strangely absent.
His observation is in accordance with what I found during my 15 years overseas...
Further to the point.. in my discussions with superyacht skippers, it was unanimous, that American Ladies made the worst crew, and the best were either Kiwis or Aussies... with Brits close behind... to that I can add that Russian girls make good crew, as to French girls...
It seems that the Americans have lost
their way... the current
version of the culture is so focused on me, me, me... and the mall... that the old spirit of can do, and making do disappeared....except for a very small minority...
Necessary to appreciate this thread is the realization that I don't and won't worry about what is politically correct, is the latest fad... or follows advice given by vendors at boat shows... I'm sharing what works and has worked for generations..
keeler shown earlier, is an excellent pocket cruiser
, Maurice Griffith designed many of this type, for owners who had to store their boats in tidal estuaries which dried out completely. Properly designed, they have gone everywhere.
Regarding Mark J... if it has taken you 7 years to outfit your boat, it is either too complicated, too large, or both... The only inexpensive place to buy gear
in the Caribbean is Panama
... the chanderies in the West Indies are more expensive than in the states, and you will be off to Fajardo to West Marine
, or Salinas, or ordering parts
via the Internet
to get things.
The key to going off on a budget
of this nature is to make three lists...
Then go to the BWCA on a canoe trip lasting 2 weeks...
Then revise your lists...
Then go and hike the Appalachian Trail with a backpack for 2 weeks..
Then revise your lists...
Then divide the list of essentials into three categories... essentials, desirables, and luxuries..
Once you have done this a few times you might have a list like this one:
with two sets of oars... and sailing rig
Windex for wind
Water stored in 20 L plastic cans
Hole in counter to accept plastic wash basin
Yuloh large enough to move the boat in calms
Fresh gaskets on all ports
, and screens for all of them and the companionway
Fresh foam mattresses for all bunks and settees
Diaphragm bilge pump
Refurbished and adjusted steering compass
HockeyPuck hand bearing compass
Basic and Intermediate Celestial Navigation
by\ Bruce Paulk
for the areas to be visited
or chart kits for the areas to be visited.
refurbished using your own sewing machine
or the palm and hand needles.
250 ft of chain
First aid kit
rebed all lifeline stanchion bases
, the kind you find for a few dollars...
two burner LPG stove or primus stove
containers for salt
, coffee, tea, sugar, powdered milk, etc.