The total was $ 3,034.53, which was close to the $3,000 budget
and breaks down as follows:
, soda, alcohol, clothing
, sundries - $ 835.90
- $ 662.28
(diesel, gas, propane) - $ 15
Dining out - $ 331.16
Entertainment - $ 97.81
- $ 198.05
Ė ($ 72.68) using my cash back card saves money
Marina - $ 851.05
- $ 22.27
Transportation - $ 93.39[/QUOTE]
To me, these categories should cover just about anything topic related. Just one question if I may....should we figure in boat insurance
costs along with health insurance
? Maybe you mention that some months? Do you count bottom cleaning
and zinc replacement? Assuming that is included in boat maintenance
Just curious if you had ever taken a look at Pat's post on this very topic? It seemed pretty thorough and honest to me -
Do you think you'll continue to share on this topic after 2 or 3 years? The first year is a huge concern, and the most exciting, probably. This is when you hope all of that planning works out the way you had hoped. If you come close to what you planned for, then you were good with thinking everything through before you left. The boat was well prepared, and proved more or less trouble free. I think also, that during the first year, it takes time to get used to living on the boat and not working at much of anything, other than getting to point B. Another words....bored at times. After awhile, at least for me, I started to really relax and forget about my working days. I actually had dreams for a year about my last job. Not really good dreams either, not that I hadn't enjoyed that job.
The longer you do this cruising thing (at least for me), the less stimuli you will need. After almost 5 years, I think my wife and I have most things figured out. It does take some determination to make it that long, especially if you get some things wrong! In the end, the boat is my oasis, and love living on water
. My life aboard may seem boring to others, but we'll see, if I start that thread.
Back to your regularly scheduled program...