I should perhaps make clear that I am not planning on sailing off into the WBY anytime soon. And would not be counting
on doing so on only a Dollar a day. Also I figure generating income
is a seperate topic (although also interesting), I am more concerned here with minimising expenditure.
I should also make clear that I do not beleive that 100% free cruising is actually attainable (but would be happy to be surprised!), but in my book "failing" at 80% (or even less) is still ok.
It's ideas and also the thinking for living simple (with a boat to match) is where I am trying to get at. I reckon some ideas I (and others?!) may not have thought of - or at least not thought through in the context of lowering day to day living costs.
Of course their will be compromises to be made, some of which will not be acceptable to yours truly, but I am someone who is ok with a simple lifestyle......as long as I know their will
be the odd blowout down the line!
A couple of points mentioned which seem to make sense........
- A smaller boat (albeit not too small) = less maintanence and costs involved to do so.
- Rowing. and in a rigid dink = No outboard
maintanence & no worry of punctures.
- Moving with the Seasons = I guess in practice maybe not always the summer, but certainly missing out any weather
with a MINUS figure in front of the Temp gauge
- Saltwater - can be used for a lot, especially if not in a Marina full of
And not everywhere in the world charges for fresh water
via a hosepipe. So I figure decent tankage would be useful. As well as an ability to top up from rainwater.
staples in Bulk (rice / beans / pulses) - of course not the whole diet.
- Fishing! - the big one
The last fish
I caught was......in a tin
But how hard can it be? If in doubt stick the line out must up yer chances, but I appreciate that one cannot rely on fish
being to hand when wanted - so I reckon an ability to store fish for future use would be very useful to maximise this resource Fridge? Pickling? Canning? (smoking?!).
- Bean sprouts? - that's vitamins isn't it? Green ones
- Lobster Pot - that's a cool idea and no reason why not.
I would also figure that intended cruising area / circuit would be important, no point in trying to live cheap
in Monaco - inside the Marina or not.
It's always annoying when someone who has "been their and done that" confuses a thread with fact based stuff
......but I think what I am thinking has a couple of different fundamentals to your experiances - a) the Boat would be cheaper (smaller and not so smart) and b) the cruising area may well have cheaper onland resources. But I do agree that anything major (Engine Probs, Standing / running rigging
etc) would blow a hole in the budget
.......not saying the plan would be to keep one's fingers crossed (not plan A anyway!), but that when the boat set sail she would be in good order and the hope would be that maintanence would prevent most sudden failures (and sudden large expenses) occuring that required immediate cash to fix - rather than could wait until cash arrives / is scraped together.
for "Haul outs"??? I thought that was what Tides were for. and boats that do not fall over when the tide goes out