Originally Posted by Mike OReilly
It's great you're sharing. I always appreciate those who take the time to do so. But a little humility is in order don't you think? This is what cruising really costs for you
. Not what it "REALLY costs" for everyone.
As with so much in cruising, as with life, there is rarely one right answer for everyone. There are many variables that alter the answer; from lifestyle and boat choice, to crew size, age, location, capabilities, goals, general approaches to cruising... the list is long.
At best, this provides another data point for those seeking to answer this question. It does provide endless fodder for questioning choices though, so that's always fun
I really liked Mike's answer but I would like to add; as much as you want or can afford. Cruising in the right boat for doing it at low cost, can be incredibly cheap
. If the boat is low maintenance
and generally speaking that means simply outfitted, and if marinas
can be avoided, and if the owners are able to do most if not all the work
themselves, and if one sails
and visits low cost areas such as South East Asia
then cruising costs, assuming the boat is paid for, will be much less than wasting your life ashore. This applies particularly in North America and Europe
where car ownership
is almost a necessity and the cost of living is high.
The average cost of cruising is going up all the time in part because people refuse to do without all the luxuries of home. Four heads on a boat? Watermakers big enough so the boat (and stainless anchor
chain) can be washed off with fresh water
? Or the multiple heads can be flushed with the precious stuff to avoid a little H2S? Air conditioning
on a boat?? More money
is spent on large watermakers than some spend purchasing
their boat! And the same can be said for top of the line electronics
. Or laminated sails
and so on and on. All very nice, do not get me wrong but not at all necessary. Some would not cruise
without always stopping at marinas
. A huge mostly avoidable cost. Ditto for generators and their fuel
use. And dinghies that also cost with their huge motors more than some cruising boats.
So as Mike correctly said different strokes for different folks. It is just plain wrong to say outright that cruising in a sailboat must cost a lot of money
. I look back with longing to a time when the vast majority of cruising boats were simple and marinas were almost non-existent. I could be wrong but I recollect we made up in camaraderie what we lacked in expensive toys.
Jim sv Gaia