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Old 03-07-2012, 12:38   #31
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My limited experience in the bahamas would suggest, No, to your specific question. I sure hope when I retire I will be able to cruise around and not have to worry about money. I know I sure worry about it enough now. By then it will probably be so ingrained in my psychy I won't be able to help myself. Or I may become a canadian citizen, then I can worry about not offending anyone! eh.
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Old 03-07-2012, 14:02   #32
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We just did Florida to Grenada the last 15 months or so. Stayed aboard for hurricane season. I think the answer depends on what's included in the 1000 a month. You said repairs and insurance are extra, but wanted 2 haul outs included. And wanted to tie up dockside some.

Our health insurance (not yet Medicare eligible) and boat insurance and repair budget combined are twice that figure. But if all you count is an occasional night out, less than a week per month at dock, provisions to eat aboard ... i.e.. the normal daily operating expenses can be covered by that budget. Especially if you spend most of your time where things are more reasonable.

In Luperon, a beer and full dinner will set you back 7 bucks. In French St Martin, it will be more like 25 bucks at the local creole joints or 80 bucks at one of the French cafes. Most all places are free to anchor and you can avoid the ones that aren't. Figure 1 dollar per foot per night at marinas. Some more some less. Add a few dollars for shore power if needed. The Bahamas have the most expensive supermarkets, the Dominican Republic the least expensive, less than at home in the US. The Eastern Caribbean varied wildly from place to place, but overall it's maybe 20 percent more if you are careful. Look carefully for local bargains, like fresh sushi grade (for me anyway) tuna steak here in Grenada is 2.50 a pound at the fish market.

Good Luck and I hope to see you out here.


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Old 03-07-2012, 14:30   #33
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Re: Live aboard; old question, new tack

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Old 03-07-2012, 15:28   #34
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Re: Live aboard; old question, new tack

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No sniggering at the back
You said "experienced" <snick>
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Perhaps I asked the wrong question; perhaps I asked it in the wrong forum.

I can barely imagine the responses these remarks will bring; perhaps I should dig out my old flak suit
Take 2 - i don't think you found the wrong forum. Your first post appeared hunorous indicating a sense of humor.

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Old 03-07-2012, 17:24   #36
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Re: Live aboard; old question, new tack

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You said "experienced" <snick>

You are SUCH children...ROFL...Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-07-2012, 19:06   #37
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I too am living on my Social Security and will qualify for Medicare in Sept. I want to live aboard. I currently have a twenty five foot sailboat with galley and head. I have listened to the philosophy of go small ,go now. If you have a boat large enough to live on , you are blessed. Where on land, could you live for 1000 a month . I say go for it. There are enough really good people that are very helpful when it comes to living aboard. We only go around once. This is not a rehearsal, this is it.
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Re: Live aboard; old question, new tack

I moved aboard when I was 47, went cruising when I was 60 and returned to the US at 70.
I cruised on the hook and my living expenses seldom got above $500 a month. What you need to prepare for is unknown boat repairs. Using the boat 24/7/365 will take it's toll and EVERYTHING on the boat will need repaired/replaced in the course of ten years.
As we approch our 'golden years' the bod starts to show its age also, so you must factor in maintainence issues for yourself.

You must know the difference of being alone and beihg lonely, and be comfortable with both.

For me, the whole experience was a hoot! I'm glad I did it.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:40   #39
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Re: Liveaboard - Old Question New Tack

i am living comfortably cruising mexican riviera at present, on my way to panama and canal and caribean and gulf of mexico--slooowwwllyyyy...
i am living well using less than 800 dollars monthly despite san diego based continuing obligations and including my repairs.
you can do it. conserve and find the places locals shop. never pay retail.
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