hi. we cruised 'in luxury' on a shoestring. for $8.00 a day in the san juans for 3 month's the last two summers.
we basically 'camp' aboard our boat's. two summer's ago we used our 34 cal
. w/ a 4 stroke
aux. towing a skiff. we went from Everett, wa north to bellingham. san juans. gulf islands. down through the channell. oak harbour. langley, edmonds, kingston, thru the locks into lk wa all over. and our boat was basically bare. nothing. it was a shell. i just used gallon jugs for water
. a coleman stove to boil water. two nice deepcycles. an $89.00 800 watt generator
to charge the battery's. etc etc...i did hang curtains in the salon
and each of my young sons 9 and 11 at the time had their own berth with curtains. i had a cheap inverter
from harbor freight for power and they always had their little handheld games. i had my tv/vcr and we had a cooler for our food
....and i had a $5.00 radio
from goodwill to listen to and a nice cruising chartbook i've had 20yrs and an anchor
..we only stayed overnight 6 times in marinas!! SAVED A TON!!! WE'D hit the dock
. then ride our bikes to town and explore and we'd SPLURGE at every port and have a nice meal...i'd keep i under $10.00! since we had our bikes we could go inland and just see where the wind
takes us...if it was 'ICE CREAM' then it was that..it it was a cool PIZZA place with a $10.00 pickup pizza special it was that...once, in some weird place like....aaaahhhaaggggg what is it???? i think it was like CORONET BAY or something we rode
our bikes all around and found a THAI PLACE and we love chinese and japanse food...so we all shared a lunch special...LOT'S OF FOOD FOR $8.00!!!HOWEVER, IT WAS AWFUL!!! we enjoyed the town anyways'.
so that being said....it don't take much...PLUS, I'LL ADMIT. IM 45. I GOT A FEW VICES..so before we left the dock
i alway's made sure i had a BAG OF TOBACCO and rolling paper's and i did bring several cases of what i like to drink along IN OUR PROVISIONING
...but once we left...we were gone!! we would hit the store's here and there along the way..I FOUND MTN HOUSE BRAND FREEZE DRIED FOOD IS THE BEST!!! CHECK IT OUT!
We did the same trip last year with our 25' pocket cruiser!~!! worked great!
this year i bought us a FRIKIN SAILING 'RUNABOUT' a macgregor
something i am very excited about. SHE'S HERE! NEXT TO MY HOUSE! i've owned boats since i was 8. in NORWEGIAN and have sailed all over the world. this is a boat i never thought id buy. however, after my sea trial. I WAS SOLD!!!
this is a great boat for our sailing. inland protected waters. and i keep her at home!
in 10 year's she's paid for herself. i went totally stock because i got a whole house full of my own stuff to keep us comfortable. i got her BRAND NEW OUT THE DOOR!! $22.7k! ANYWAY'S a lot of cruiser's will think im nutz...i probably am...
Stephen seeya out there!
S/V LYKKE macgregor
wa. i sail 8 month's a year...i'll update you next year on how my NEW boat did.......
a note: the reason i bought this boat NEW is for the price
. and my age. it's all i will need. IVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT....RUSSIA, NORWAY
, BERING SEA, INSIDE PASSAGE
MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT. PACIFIC, ATLANTIC, ST JOHNS RIVER, HECK THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT IN LK MEAD AND PYRAMID LK NEVADA.......i got two boys here (there mom left us and is in heaven now) so it's my job to take care of them and they are doing great in school
....with this boat i could buy her CASH....I SAVED FOR 3 YEARS STRAIGHT...PENNY PINCHING, even while maintaining my 'SAILING ON A PENNY TRIP.' and could buy her...i'll keep you posted...
pss AFTER MY SEA TRIAL....one thing i gotta say....AND I ADHEAR TO IT....MOST SAY THEY DO....BUT THEY DON'T........
'DONT KNOCK, TILL YOU TRY IT!.'