AKA swapping Armchair for a Deckchair
Although I can't blame Indy (Cruising on $500 per month
) for my decision to go liveaboard
his thread certainly hasn't done any harm
.....As per my Sailing Away for a Dollar a Day
thread the idea has been in the back of my mind for a few years anyway.
I like a bit of a challenge, and to be honest am doing SFA else with my life at the moment (nor in recent years
)....so come end of March (ish) will be found aboard the S/v Wayluya - living on a serious (low) budget
and with no shore power
electrickery......and possibly no WIFI
(I haven't checked that out yet).
I will be on a fore and aft drying mooring
, so also no 24/7 walk ashore - only when the tide is out!
Although I suspect I am deluding myself!, at the moment I find it hard to see how I won't easily
be able to do so on $500 (£500?) a month - even though I do live in a very
high cost location (an Island with a Per Capita income
that makes us No.6 in the world (UK 27! - US 9).....at least per the CIA Factbook....with the associated high cost of living).
Nonetheless I will be cheating
- as will still have some onshore accomadation (and that won't be counted in my figures), initially at least that will provide a large Fridge / Freezer
, a Washing
Machine, some storage
and a workshop. and a Microwave and a shower
/ bath.....and if needed, a bed
. The intention is to cut down on the need for these over time - but initially won't be shy about using all of 'em! I will also have some onshore transport (Scooter only - Triumph presently poorly
), but with access to a car......all that will probably mean I get kicked out of the Liveaboards Club - before I even join! - but I figure the secret to a low budget
is using whatever resources one can lay one's hands on
What I want to do is nail down my living (and boat) expenses to the absolute minimum (but without going all hairshirt) - my bet is that even staying local (ish - France
counts as local!) there will be a learning
curve ($$$) until things settle down (aka I learn WTF I am doing / what works for me).....plan is also not
to give up making money
, but to do as little as possible
- ideally being to end the year with more in the bank than when I started
That earning money
thing will be my biggest challenge - as also want to rejig how I earn my money (been working on that for the last 6 months or so), so not so dependent on boots on the ground - I suspect that may well involve making less
- but day to day never been a big spender......unless Beer
, but nowadays not much of either of those in my life......but that's on my "to do list"
But if the $$$ end goes well will treat the boat
for the next years adventures
(once I have decided what they may be) if that end goes really well, might also head
off to the sun for the Winter
(sans boat!) - it's been a few years, since the last great DOJ
The slight fly in the ointment is to get away from the dock
by end of March won't have done everything I ever wanted to do
- but has slowly dawned on me that was never going to happen anyway
, so after having had a long hard scratch of the brain with a pencil, I have come up with a 4 week to do list - and using the power
I figure that the rest can wait........plus I will need something to do anyway during the summer (apart from a personal "to do list" that largely involves sitting in my Deckchair - on deck
)....after the Summer (Sept?), will see how I feel about staying aboard.
Plan subject to revision
Will keep this thread updated on my progress (or lack of?).
30' of Seadog (Pic when bought - 2006)