Originally Posted by MaineCub
I would like to look at it from a different perspective.
What ideas do you sailors have to cust costs while sailing long term.
I think some common ones would be
the smallest boat that your sailing group could live in without driving each other crazy.
2. Don't stock up on non-perishables when you are visiting islands: leave that for when you hit a main-land.
My 2 cents............
a) Having a budget
.....and trying to stick to it.
b) Preventative Maintenance - do it
- DIY as much as possible
c) Brew your own beer
d) have a means of refrigeration
- downside is one more thing to go wrong - upside is a reduction in food
costs and more choice of food.........which leads me onto.......
e) buy some cook books
- and learn some decent recipes
, eating out does add up, but no reason why you cannot eat like a king onboard - especially given you often will have the time to serach out fresh / local ingrediants.
f) Find out where the locals shop - beyond that picturesque village their is often a supermarket or hypermarket used by the locals!
g) Buy a phrase book and learn some local lingo - the locals do tend to know stuff (see f) and in any event talking is cheap
h) have cheap
(no boaty) hobbies, ie Snorkelling or hill walking NOT flying helicopters
i) Learn to fish! not just from the boat - also a good way to meet some of the locals in a "Non commercial
j) Buy a car
Well, depends where you are and how long you will stay in the area - but if you were based in one place (or around one area) for 6 months or a year then a cheap runaround will make yer shopping
bills less expensive (that hypermarket is in reach) as well as more conveniant - also extends your "cruising range" Inland where life may well also be cheaper.
K) Failing that, learn the local bus network
l) think in LOCAL currency. Yes I know stuff is often cheaper than chips in "real money", but things do still add up - in any event why pay twice the price
for something just for fun / because you can? (apologies to anyone using USD's
m) go for a longgggggggggg trip
Why?, because many costs are often fixed (that GPS
is still needed whether you go for 3 months or 3 years) and also with a longer trip their is no need to rush from place to place and you have time to learn where you are. IME the most expensive part of "Travelling" (no matter what sort of transport) is being new somewhere, you don't know where and what cheap is.
Boat wise, IMO you have hit the nail on the head
regarding the smallest you can live with - but I would suggest at least considering that depending on your cruising ground that having a vessel that is capable of taking the ground would be useful in mooring
in places that others cannot access....due to the water dissapearing twice a day
. Also makes keeping the boat ashore less of a worry.....both when onboard and when back "home" (albeit for different concerns!).
If folk were heading for Europe
I would suggest a boat that was capable of going through the canals, usually mooring
is free, and IME a great way to travel and still see stuff. Cheaply
What does this mean boat wise? Depends what canal system (lots of them!) and what time of year - but I would suggest draft
of under 4 foot and prefer 3 1/2 foot or under - and also take care with the height of any fixed wheelhouses for low bridges (masts of course come down!).........of course stuff that does not always fit in with Transatlantic..........