I recently started my solo-adventure after buying
. Although my boat
is a 42ft I thought I could add some thoughts to other responses given here. I have been sailing solo since June.
I try to stay within a budget
of approx €20 a day excluding diesel
, cruising tax and permit
to the boat. I mostly lie somewhere at anchor
for a few reasons: it is cheap!, you have privacy (most of the time), you can still choose to go ashore with your dinghy
, and in Greece
going into a marina or city quay single
handed can be quite a challenge (Greek way is to throw your anchor
out 3 boat lengths from the quay and then reverse back to the quay where you attach mooring
lines, quite hard to do by yourself I find). If I go ashore and have some drinks and food
, do my groceries that usually averages out with the days I stay on board and don’t spend anything. Lying on the city quay is about €12-20 a night, so that eats into the budget. Marinas
tend to be a lot more expensive than that (€30-50 or more a night). I generate my own electricity with 4 large solar panels
and I have a water
maker on board so I can stay away for quite a long time and just go ashore with my dinghy
. I also find that lying on the city quay can be nice provided there are nice people next to you, but my last 2 nights on the quay were spent frustrated with 2 huge catamarans on either side full of partying people. Not my cup of tea. However, seeing a country is about going on shore not just seeing it from the water
, so I do make a point of checking out nice walking trails, museums or other things of interest.
Apart from some of the challenges of sailing single
handed (as mentioned above with the Greek way of anchoring
; another one is taking lines ashore in narrow bays: you basically need to leave your boat with the engine
on at anchor while you either swim or row ashore to attach lines before your boat is pushed away by currents or wind
, not easy on your own), being alone has its good and bad sides. I enjoy being on my own, even when I am on land I am on my own most of the time and have no issue with eating out, exploring villages etc on my own. I find that sometimes over dinner I end up chatting with people at the next table or if I walk through a marina or along the city quay where boats are parked I often enjoy having a conversation which can lead to an exchange of details or an invitation to share drinks or food
. Exchanging information and tips about marinas
, winds, villages etc is valuable and useful. I guess your lifestyle on land and the way you like to socialise (or not) will extend itself to sea. I do need to ring my friends and family
on a regular basis though just to have the deep and meaningful conversations too with people I care about; not just the chatting with strangers.
One thing I noticed wasn’t mentioned by anybody yet is the ability to take crew on board from time to time. That is a nice alternative, put yourself on findacrew.com and schedule in having one or 2 crew members on board for a week or 2. I bet after that you are very happy in your own space again or perhaps you would like to repeat it. Check the people out before you commit yourself, reviews
they have from other skippers and have a chat beforehand over Skype or whatsapp and don’t be afraid to make your wishes and expectations clear. You can ask them to contribute to the kitty, for food, drink, diesel
and mooring fees
and that is totally expected by them. I crewed for a few months last year in Spain
and had some really good experiences and some luke warm experiences but overall it taught be an awful lot.
My plan is to live like this continuously for 3-5 years so let’s how I feel after I have done it for a year . Hope this helps,