Originally Posted by BanksBaker
Do you have any other suggestions for 28-30 ft bluewwater live aboards? Could you estimate (roughly) what the costs to maintain, insure, etc.? If i anchor
out in the islands it's free right?
You are asking some really open ended questions. Also you might want to search the archives
on this forum as many of these issues have been discussed in great length.
Regarding blue water
cruisers. Ask ten sailors and you will get twelve different opinions, not only on the boat but what is meant by blue water cruising. A lake sailor may call a trip to Bimini blue water sailing
where someone else may see that as a short day sail.
An interesting list that is not definitive but at least gives you some fodder for daydreaming can be found here.
Mahina Expedition - Offshore Cruising Instruction
Regarding costs, again an issue that has been covered extensively on this forum. The short answer is it can be what you make it. When I was living on the Morgan
36 the owner was in a serious cash flow crunch. I spent several months anchored out in Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas
and lived on an average of $40-$50/month. I did have a pretty good supply of stapes on hand (plenty of canned and dried food
, etc) but also took the boat out frequently to catch dinner.
There were times when I was so broke I could not afford to run the engine
to charge the batteries so when the sun went down I had no lights and just went to bed
. Water was $0.10/gallon at the local marina and several times I had to row (no outboard) over the the docks in the evening with a jug to "borrow" a gallon to drink the next day (not my proudest moment but in my defense when money
came in I gave that same marina all my business).
Obviously one could not live that cheaply forever. Sooner or later you will have repair or replace a sail/halyards/sheet/winches/alternator/anchor rode/starter.......... and then that low monthly cost is out the window. Some things you can plan for; sails
only last so long for example, but how do you plan for the the exact day your starter dies?
So how much does it cost to cruise
or live aboard a boat. If you stay in a marina take that amount and add it to the same amount you currently spend every month for food
, gas, car payments, etc. Then depending on the age and condition of your boat and all the systems figure that at random times you can get hit with the big charge that is calculated in boat units or boat bucks (one boat buck is equal to 1000 US dollars).
, extremely variable. Like car insurance
more coverage costs more money
. If you keep the boat in a marina in Maine
and sail 3 months a year and haul it every winter the insurance is not bad. Was quoted $1600/year for a $80k boat. South of the Carolinas in the summer-fall hurricane
season it is about double. If you sail offshore
it is double.
Hope this at least gives you a starting point..