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Old 11-05-2022, 19:35   #1
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Wanting to get into sailing. One reason is thought living on a boat was cheaper. Then researched marina slips. Roughly 260 dollars for a slip on top of the 100 dollars just to live on your own boat plus water a d electric fees. Can a person realistically live on a boat for less than a 900 dollars a month? Am I chasing the wrong dream? Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-05-2022, 20:12   #2
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Yes! Just like they say in real estate “Location, Location, Location!”. You have provided no information on your location so YMMV.
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Ok my location is Texas USA. I looked at the corpus Christi marina. Question is: can u live on a boat for 900 a month?
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What size boat? Why $900 a month?
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Wanting to get into sailing. One reason is thought living on a boat was cheaper. Then researched marina slips. Roughly 260 dollars for a slip on top of the 100 dollars just to live on your own boat plus water a d electric fees. Can a person realistically live on a boat for less than a 900 dollars a month? Am I chasing the wrong dream? Thank you in advance.
Based on your supplied paucity of data, the answer is yes. Im not sure where the idea has arisen that living on a boat is cheap.
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God I WISH it was only $260 a month for a slip
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Am I chasing the wrong dream? Thank you in advance.
Yes, you chase the wrong dream. If you want to save money, stay away from anything boat-related. If you want to get into sailing, it will be on top of your regular living cost as hobby. Your question should be: Can I get into sailing with spending only $900 in addition ot my regular cost of living.
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Wanting to get into sailing. One reason is thought living on a boat was cheaper. ...
Hilarious! A grave misconception, & this is an understatement of the first order! Any 1$ item costs 5, the moment it's for marine use!
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Old 12-05-2022, 00:15   #9
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Living on a boat is cheap. $260 slip fee is dirt dirt cheap. Owning a boat is really expensive. If you dont have $260 a month for a slip and a $10 bill for electricity, you literally cant afford a boat. You still need a couple thousand laying around for insurance, a pile of $125 bills laying around for the hourly labor fees you WILL be paying someone to do repairs and maintenance at the boat yard or come work on your boat.

You live on a boat cause you love boats and sailing, not to save money.
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God I WISH it was only $260 a month for a slip
Location is the right word.

Here on the French Atlantic coast I pay about 175 a month for a 35ft cat in a dry harbour, including electricity...
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Location is the right word.

Here on the French Atlantic coast I pay about 175 a month for a 35ft cat in a dry harbour, including electricity...


Whereas in Greece my renewal for my 36 footer will be 5700 euros plus electricity and water
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there is living on a boat and then there is boating on a boat

the budgets are way different between the two

I have posted my real monthly spend amounts here for 67 months and still no once has posted a long term low cost budget with details
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Living on a boat can mean many things to many people. Near me a lovely chap in his twenties is living in a free harbour on an old wooden boat hes slowly doing up. He lives by spear fishing his food etc.

Its not an existence Id ever contemplate.

Hence its hard to generalise but boating on a well found boat in paid harbours is not cheap
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2935 if you think the cost is frustrating try lining up for a shower or the toilet every day. Not to mention, having to step out of your "house" and walking to the facilities. Hopefully you're close to them, some marina's it can be a hike.
Then another frustration is having a family like us docked next to you. We are likely to turn up any time during the night and sleep onboard before an early morning start with our noisy diesel engine. The other week my son finally got back to the boat at 1.30am after a yacht race. We had a quiet debrief with some pizza and donuts before lights out at 2am. We try to keep the noise down but sounds travel. Then at 4am the power cat next to us fired up and headed offshore fishing.
Another frustration is wet days when there's no close carparks and it's a hike to the boat.
Hope you have the patience to enjoy your cheap lifestyle.
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You can buy an 'it won't sail' dumpster fire boat for you and the barnacles to live on for dirt cheap. You can moor it in an anchorage somewhere for free. You can kayak to land for almost nothing.

If you just hafta live cheap, this works. It probably sucks but it is a thing that is done wherever there are boats.

If you also wanna sail from place to place, that's a different story entirely.
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