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Old 19-04-2017, 10:28   #61
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Re: Month 7 Expenses & Costs of Cruising

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Is there a lack of anchoring locations? I though that med sailing was mostly moving from marina to marina... and that it's very expensive to do so.
The exact opposite is true, tens of thousands of free anchorages.

Here's a few examples from last season, each had a small scenic town within walking distance from a free dinghy dock.
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Old 19-04-2017, 11:20   #62
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Consider sailing across the pond next season, you'll find much more to see and do over in Europe and the Med. Plus the weather is perfect all summer long, no finding a place to sit and wait out the hurricane season.

Tastier food (French and Italian), cheaper and better beer and places to go, things to see and people to meet.

With the present exchange rate being almost 1:1, you'll find things to cost 20-30% less than the US, and of higher quality in many places like Italy.
Are you American? How do you deal with Schengen?
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Old 19-04-2017, 11:27   #63
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Are you American? How do you deal with Schengen?
This question has been answered many times. Organizing our stays in several countries such as Croatia which are outside Schengen or in some cases, having multiple passports if you're a citizen of multiple countries. An extended stay visa is another option as is purchasing property in an EU country.

Many legal ways.
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Old 19-04-2017, 12:07   #64
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However I now worry that after a few months that I will become bored and wish I hadn't gone cruising...
This is a frequent topic of conversation between the wife and I.
  • Will we get bored?
  • How many beaches and palm tree do you see before you get bored?
  • Does going into a new small port every get boring and no longer fun?
  • Does the newness of a new place just get old?
Our answer is that we do not think so, and the only way to know, is to go.


Life is too short to not try. I have seen too many people die too young. One friend out cruising is sick right now and it looks like his boating days are over far to soon.


The most likely worst case scenario is that you try, don't like it and have to sell the boat at a loss but at least you tried. Otherwise, one will be kicking one's self for not going.


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Old 19-04-2017, 12:41   #65
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This is a frequent topic of conversation between the wife and I.
  • Will we get bored?
  • How many beaches and palm tree do you see before you get bored?
  • Does going into a new small port every get boring and no longer fun?
  • Does the newness of a new place just get old?
Our answer is that we do not think so, and the only way to know, is to go.


Life is too short to not try. I have seen too many people die too young. One friend out cruising is sick right now and it looks like his boating days are over far to soon.


The most likely worst case scenario is that you try, don't like it and have to sell the boat at a loss but at least you tried. Otherwise, one will be kicking one's self for not going.


Later,
Dan
Everything gets old, and you will get used to it.

The question is how long will it take? Months or Years.

I was "forced" to move to the Gulf Coast, Pensacola, FL in my late 30's after being land locked in Tennessee for many years.

I was into beach cat racing at the time

The Pensacola/Ft Walton Beach Area had one of the largest Beach Cat Racing scenes in the country back then. (mid 90's)

There was also quite the night life for a young man. It was all you could ask for

It took about 8 years and about as many hurricanes before it seemed same ole same.

I had an apartment on the water for 5 of those first 8 years with the beach cats tied down just above the high water mark.
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Old 19-04-2017, 13:17   #66
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I now worry that after a few months that I will become bored and wish I hadn't gone cruising.
I think your encouragement resides in that quote (and I don't know it verbatim so no quotations):

You won't regret those things you do only those you don't do.
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I plan on easing into this, by the time we go and get the chain plates and rigging replaced etc., it's going to be right at prime hurricane season, so we are going to Bainbridge Ga until likely late Winter then leave, but I will be in a Marina with shorepower for the AC's for July, Aug, Sept etc.
Financially I planned on cruising for 5 yrs, then buying a small house etc.
To quote I believe the Pardey's, I hope to do it as long as it fun and quit when it isn't.
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Count me in as one of the thankful. Its a long shot from the great lakes to Exuma's, but this info is the kind of stuff that keeps that distant vision alive. Keep up the posts!!
And good luck!!
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but I will be in a Marina with shorepower for the AC's for July, Aug, Sept etc.
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You could be on anchor during that time?
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Hi A64, cruising gives me something to do and something to look forward to. I don't always like it , particularly the passages BUT for me its better than the creeping death of normality. You really own your time when you cruise, I love that part but have to watch I don't get lazy.
Most of all I like going to different places and meeting different people.
I agree with Robert regarding the keeping moving, us westerners tend to be goal oriented and having a destination in mind helps for fill that.
As skipper its easy to feel responsible for your partners happiness while in board which can be a real drain, I don't do that anymore, people are responsible for their own happiness, I just look after mine. Good luck, good its all you expect it to be.
Ps, im a worrier to, it sucks dosent it...lol.

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You could be on anchor during that time?


We had a name for that in the Army, called it misery training.
However I have been trained in being miserable and do not need to be re-trained.
Best way I can think to have her jump ship before we had even started is to do that.
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Folks seem to be missing the obvious.

What are you going to do with your time while anchored day after day after day?

Or at a Marina with no car.

You are very limited in what you can do especially at anchor
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Anchoring out = more dining out :-)
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Anchoring out = more dining out :-)
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Folks seem to be missing the obvious.

What are you going to do with your time while anchored day after day after day?

Or at a Marina with no car.

You are very limited in what you can do especially at anchor
Swim, sunbathe, read, listen to music, tinker while listening to music.. walk.
Luckily in many places outside the USA a car is not a necessity.. people actually walk places..
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