If you haven't read Don Casey's "Sensible Cruising; the Thoreau Approach", that's a great place to start! It's all about cruising, yes, and about simplicity - his motto, along with many others, is "go small, go simple, but go now".
My husband and I cruised for 3 years in the Bahamas
and the Eastern Caribbean
on a 28' boat that we maintained all on our own. We ate well, drank enough, and entertained frequently. Our costs for all 3 years, average, including boat insurance
, all provisions, any new boat parts
(including a new dinghy
and 15 hp motor), and 3 trips home, averaged 750 a month.
We are about to head off again, this time with 2 kids
(but no dog) on the same 28' boat. We are budgeting 1500-2000 a month, but will do all we can to keep it closer to what we spent last time.
Good luck - hope we see you out there!
s/v Calypso, BCC #6