Originally Posted by Lizzy Belle
Many, many marinas!
where liveaboards are allowed ... very, very few. It's mostly a legal
issue; the laws are making it harder and harder and in turn, so do the towns / municipalities where marinas
are located and the marinas themselves.
We're contacting all of them (both where we'd just be tolerated to the few that actually allow it), so far it looks like there is one with slips for us (I'm not the only one looking for another marina).
We've already paid for the coming 12 months and there's no money
back, so we have time to look around ...
I can't just decide to go cruising now - no budget
, a kid to take care of ...
How old is your child? And does s/he live with the father? You didn't mention a child aboard so I'm figuring the child is not with you.
Once you start wandering/voyaging, you'll find that you can readily stay aboard in those marinas that do NOT allow liveaboards. If it's anything like in the USA, it works out if you make a reservation for a month but make it CLEAR that you're a traveller. And stick to it. Keep moving. You get the monthly rate, often you don't pay a liveaboard fee even though liveaboards would normally have to. The key is to keep moving. All sorts of opportunities open up if you're able to move at all.
Your large usage for work wifi
situation is a familiar one to my husband and I. We work online with two internet
intensive activities: one is our marketplace (we operate it so others can sell their boating
related wares on our site--many of our sellers are cruisers by the way...) that sucks up some bandwidth sometimes and the other is a variety of data science gigs. On the second thing, part of that work sometimes involves medical
image analysis and prototyping (aboard boat) firmware for various scientific camera
and imaging systems -- that means uploading and downloading very large data sets. Even when it's not image-based sometimes the datasets are monstrously huge. We now do a lot of analysis on AWS "the cloud" for big datasets and occasional upload/download of small portions is spendy when you're using phone-plan-based internet.
We have two phone
company based plans for internet, one old and slow but cheap
and useful for bulk file transfers, the other new and costly but what gets used for web surf. We're in a marina now and basking in the wonder of having super high speed unlimited internet access -- but the norm for us even when in a marina is to use our own costly internet access. A high usage month for us is something like 40GB. More typical is 20GB. To minimize internet use other than work, we don't watch videos, we turn off ALL flash and have blockers on our browsers so nothing loads in the background etc. When you mention how much internet you use per month it makes me think that you've not blocked the ads and flash and you've got videos running either on purpose watching or within some of the sites you visit. Nix all that. Make a habit of reducing the bandwidth you use so that you will be able to travel even if your work requires hefty use of the internet. If you skype with folks -- and it's not on your smartphone -- then use the voice only rather than the video feature. Many places don't have the best of internet wifi
so cutting back now will help you a lot as you travel.
Can't wait to hear about you child--is it possible for him/her to travel with you?
Budget--cruising can be expensive if you keep breaking boat parts
(seems to be part of the gig) but here in the USA marinas tend to be costly so we've found traveling quite affordable if we stay out of marinas. It's worth it to just take off if you can and become a sailing digital nomad
Best of luck!