Don't fall into the trap of the consumer society and just buy the biggest and most shiny boat
you can find.
4% of your total fortune is the limit for yearly spendings, if you want to be able to cruise
for ever. Figure generally agreed by Early Retirement
Downsizing your boat
(ie go smaller) is the easiest way to reduce total cost of ownership
and other cruising destinations are littered with for sale
signs on large luxury boats. Many ran out of money
, others found life on a shiny GRP boat not what they thought or what she thought it would be.
Buying a boat
is just how you get yourself into the trouble half of it.
Cost increases with size - all repair, maintenance
and haul out
So does the workload on painting, upkeep and cleaning
So how do you get a low cost of ownership
and stay comfortable and free?
These are my preferences, listed according to order:
Go with the smallest boat that will still accommodate the number of people and amount of stowage needed. Sufficient stowage is actually needed to keep down costs.
Built to cruise
A boat that is actually built to cruise
the world should be what you are looking for. Most plastic toys found in glossy brochures lack all the basic features to actually tackle serious cruising.
A deck salon
with full 360 degree lookout from settee and pantry will give an fantastic sense of room, while maximizing your participate in harbour life and keep you informed about the situation outside- for security
Increase air exchange and increase comfort and the feeling of size.
Installe more and larger dorades, hatches, scoops - what ever it takes.
Ensuring comfort through gentler motions and heel by having a more adjustable rig. I would suggest a chinese junk schooner with equal size sails
, but that is probably too far from the glossy brochures for most.
A serious cruiser will have loads of well organized stowage in just the right places. Includes large tanks
, so you can stay away from costly marinas
Most yachts feel smaller than necessary because of heavy use of dark veneers.
in bright colours.
Eating home cooked meals
and even having friends over will keep running costs down and ofte be healthier.
Or use savings to splurge on lobsters or great culinary experiences once you do go out.
I'm sure there are many more that I just can't think of now.
Read 'Voyaging on a small income' by Annie Hill for tons of great hints.