Originally Posted by Mariness
I know of 1 person who cut expenses on a car by sharing it. He was solo-ing, spending time in New Zealand
for the storm season, so he and the folks from another boat split the cost of a rental car and saw the interior
together - camping so they wouldn't have to spend for hotels. So hooking up with other cruisers can help too, apparently.
We did that in both Marsh Harbour and Long Island
, and have close friends who did it in Cat Island.
Great way to go to cut expenses.
However, in the Bahamas
, if you're not really trying to do an in-depth tour all in one swat, and have the time to do some close-in exploring, hitching a ride is alive and well.
Twice I've gone 20 miles each way to the Georgetown airport
and back using a cardboard sign (airport on one side, Exuma Market on the other), picked up within 3 cars each time each way, and the most delightful conversations with locals.
Other friends of ours (we shared a car with a different couple) hitched all over Long Island
. The bonus there was locals showed them many spots not in any of the touristy brochures or "magazines" - even taking them back on a couple of places, visiting the recommended place with them. They got perhaps a dozen rides in the three days they were doing their exploring.
Generally, if you do all you can to become involved with the local community wherever it is you throw the hook, you'll find innumerable kindnesses developing, from rides, to clues, to invitations and more. If you've not read it, I highly commend "An Embarrassment of Mangoes" - the cruising story of a couple's 1-year trip to the eastern Caribbean
. Each chapter ends with a recipe gleaned from their time with the locals of the given island - which recipes
were from having been invited to their homes, in each case...
As to "how much does it cost" you might check out the Bumfuzzle site and look at their spreadsheets. It shows very clearly where they spent their money.
We have much more detail, but only 2 years so far, and it's distorted by Lydia's need to go back to her new grandson 2x/year by plane; our spending is ALL out of whack during those trips, but it does give us a ground-floor reference for future years to see if there is anything which has a disturbing trend.
And, all of our expenses include some major refit
items - 8-15K each year, so far, as we start replacing all the major systems (standing rigging
, including furler
and covers, etc.) - but those should not have to be repeated for many years, so, while it's a "current" expense, we tend to look at it in an amortized sense. The only other potentially major item we expect, but perhaps not for several years, is the engine
. Two major improvements we have on the horizon is either starting over on or redoing our arch, and a hardtop bimini
, along with lots more solar
. However, those are anticipated for Cartagena
, where word is that it's still very affordable (a sistership had both jobs done in 2007; bimini
2K, arch about the same, easily 1/4 - 1/10 the cost in the US), so it may not be a huge distortion to our budget/cash flow.
We don't have a website or blogsite where our spreadsheets are located for clicking, but if you're curious, and write me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org), I'm happy to share them.
Note that while we don't do marinas, and rarely do restaurants, and beer
is a luxury, let alone hard stuff, given the relatively large size of our boat, along with the out-of-kilter shore trips and major refit
items, I'm sure our budget exceeds the ability of many here. OTOH, we stand in awe of many cruisers our age and boat size, as marinas and restaurants, along with lavishly alcoholed get-togethers aboard while at anchor are the norm.
And, that said, last year in Georgetown
, we met a guy who'd spent all of $500 for the entire winter because he stayed in the Jumentos, a very remote
section of the Bahamas
, living mostly on fish/lobster/conch he'd harvested, along with the dry goods he packed on board before going. Most of his expenditures were on gasoline for the dinghy
; you can sail anywhere down there in the winter, when the wind
is pretty constant.
So, it will depend to a very large degree on your lifestyle preference...
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