Although I am not yet a sailor, I have already received some good advice and encouragement from this site. What I have noticed is that you will get a strong dose of reality when necessary by some members. I always research
things that are new to me, from several angles and anticipating many problems. With the high tech world at our fingertips, it would be foolish not to (in my humble opinion). I appreciate the directness when it is necessary to keep me focused on the goal.
As for cruising on a tight budget
, we shall see. I have been a minimalist by choice for the last 7 years. I no longer own anything that I cannot carry inside or on top of my Jeep Cherokee (Kayak on top). I don't need a television, air conditioning
or many of the luxuries people think they need to survive. I hope to one day pick up a cruiser of about 30' (give or take) and live aboard/cruise on about $1k per month. Granted, I am not planning to circumnavigate the globe (yet) and will require years of learning
to get comfortable to do any crossings alone. So will more than likely just hang out in the Gulf of Mexico
for a while. But I believe my budget
will afford me an interesting lifestyle.
So until I luck across the starter boat of my dreams, I will listen intently to the veterans of the lifestyle. And thank them for for their knowledge.