Originally Posted by Springbok
It was a reality in 1995-2002 but probably is not feasible today unless rediculously Spartan. Clyde
Hum, Well of course people living on $500 a month are not going to be living the high life. Its a given that at the $500 a month level, your cutting out most of the fluff for sure. But its not ridiculous until about $400
It is possible to live on $500 a month and still have a diverse lunch and dinner menu. Of course knowing how to cook goes a long way there. Which when I think about could be part of the issue.
Many guys seem somewhat culinary challenged and spend money
on processed/ frozen foods. But if purchased wisely, I can eat well for about $170-$180 a month, in northern California
to boot, where food
costs tend to be higher then the national average.
Of course it depends on a whole lot of things. A small OLD sailboat 30'-34' (not a powerboat) with simple systems. Non-drinking/non-smoking sure helps. No medical insurance
, No car, No land side storage
, etc. No or one/two marina visits a month (depending on location) Do ALL your own maintenance
. Cruising locations become somewhat limited. Though one could cruise the lower 2/3's of the eastern US for $500 a month if you avoid marinas
I guess it all depends on the person, and their wants and needs.
It's possible and not all that hard either. Gee I'm doing it with a cat (furry kind) and have everything I need. Solar
for power, 120V Fridge (oddly uses no more power then many 12v units on the hook), internet
mifi thingy (how else can I annoy the fine folks here) That's my one luxury by the way. A small netbook (low power), led and CCF lighting
stove and heat help too.
Sure I'm avoiding eating out and clothes shopping
is limited to the better goodwill's. But I really don't see myself roughing it. I stay up on boat maintenance and I even have boat insurance
. Mind you my boat only cost $11k when I purchased it. Having the right boat really is important. Buy the wrong boat and it can cost too much for repairs
. For example, my boat came with all stalock standing rigging
. So replacement cost is a spool of wire and some cones. So choosing a inexpensive (gee is there really such a thing) boat is important.
For $1000-$1300 a month I would be living like a queen. That opens up more cruising choices for sure. One still needs to pick the right boat, Too big and overnight slip fees
and haul outs start to ding you. But $1300 would be easy even for a guy that drinks a little and buys frozen pizza