When I left the US in 97, I subscribed to the PADI travel insurance
Platinum Plan. at that time $200 covered me world wide for a year, I just looked and can't find this plan online, but did get two independent quotes for two people at $1200 per year..
I said long ago that I needed treatment for an infected coral
cut in NEW CALEDONIA
, in 2003 and at that time there was no payment mechanism at the clinic I visited... I also needed treatment for kidney failure in China
in 2003 which cost USD$125.
I was asked if this meant Clyde could go to Martinique
and get free treatment for an unknown condition. I asked Clyde to state his problem, his location, and his nationality which apparently created quite a stir...
Given a name of Clyde, is he perhaps a Brit? If so why doesn't he go to a UK territory where he can use his own country's social medicine scheme? Is Clyde in the Atlantic basin? If not, why not go to RSA? Namibia? Spain
? or another venue much closer??
This thread is focused on minimalist cruising on boats having displacements between 5-9 tons.
In no case did I recommend removal
of a working roller furling
system.. and the decision to keep one must consider the costs of maintaining one..
But I will recommend you budget $1200 while preparing to go and put that sum in your health insurance
fund... to pay expenses along the way...
I will remind US citizens that Medicare does not cover them overseas.. if they expect to use that or another US scheme, they will need travel insurance
with a repatriation feature.
As for things I recommend you add beyond the bare essentials...
tops my list...
I am specifically recommending you get a good outfit including mask, fins, and snorkel..
I just cleaned the bottom of Pegasus that way, and we are going down island for our first haulout since HongKong in 2005. Our SeaHawk bottom paint
is still working where it still covers the bottom, and the rest we scrape off using a drywall knife.. you may want one of those too...
Exactly where I am going is no secret... I am going to cruise the west indies in Pegasus.. on a minimalist budget.. as I have been doing since 92...because I knew when enough was enough...
If you want roller furling
, a water maker, refrigeration
, an engine, solar panels
, a wind vane
, SSB radio
. pressure water, a washing
machine, microwave, and other items by all means have them... and if like my friend at the Ft. Lauderdale YC, you set the condition that you cannot set off across the Gulf Stream
unless all are working.... and try as you might one or another fails just before departure.. you too can consider buying
a slip at Las Olas...
If you want to go .... NOW.... and have limited means... PRIORITIZE !!!
KISS your boat...!!! and go!!!
Regarding GPS and electronic charts
... GPS is a wonderful thing... until the US begins it's attack of Iran and shuts it off.. or.. it fails.. then what??/
are a wonderful thing... a complex thing... requiring faultless transliteration of the data in the original paper chart onto a computer matrix...and a computer... that works... which requires a house electrical system
.. and means to charge it...
Computer $ 650
Batteries $ 1000
Engine with alternator
Charting Program $1000
Charts $ 1200
TOTAL $ 7500 - $10,000
Paper Chart Copies for a cruise from Florida
BA charts for Bahamas
$ 150 OR Explorer Charts $150
DR $ 79
PR and USVI $ 173
West Indies $163
Spanish Main $ 322
- $ 32 (BA Chart)
Coasts of Colombia
Polynesia $ 178
to NZ $302
TOTAL $ 1518
IF you add the cruising guides
On and Off the Beaten Path
The Exeuma Guide
Cruising Guide to the Caribbean
Yachtsmans Guide to the Virgin Islands
Guide to the Leewards
Guide to the Windwards
Guide to Trinidad and Tobago
Guide to Venezuela
Guide to Panama
Guide to the Societies
Guide to Fiji
Guide to NZ
Adds about $250
Toss in the radio
signals pub, the tide tables, the 4 BA pilots covering the route
Adds about $ 250 more
TOTAL $ 2000
IF you get the chart indicies for the US and BA.. and choose carefully you can halve the chart inventory and bring the total down to $1200..
If you want to go NOW... and must budget... and can get over your pride...
Treat your funds like precious GOLD... spend them on essentials FIRST !!
Go on short cruises thus equipped... add judiciously...
BUY ONLY WHAT YOU FIND ESSENTIAL !!!
KEEP THE REST FOR YOUR CRUISING EXPENSES !!!!