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Why Not Sail Away Soon?

The most common response is, “I don’t have enough money.” This is almost immediately followed by the question, “How much did your trip cost?”

The simple answer is that cruising costs what you allow it to cost, just the same as living on land. Certainly living at anchor is less expensive than existing on the solid stuff a few hundred yards away, but it isn’t free. In six-and-a-half years of sailing around the world, we had one month when we spent almost nothing, and we know of some cruisers who had two or three such months, none consecutive.

There are certainly cruisers who claim to have lived on $500 per month, and good luck to them. We didn’t live that way on land, so saw no reason to do so on a boat, particularly as divorce would have been an almost inevitable result. Anyhow, most such stories are based on selective memories, or faulty math, or both.

We did a lot of land cruising which meant hire cars and hotels. That is the point of cruising, to fully experience the country you are visiting. The cruiser who stays on board in port certainly saves money, but sees only other cruisers.

We spent (for 3 people) around $40,000 per year including every expense.

4 Responses to “Why Not Sail Away Soon?”

  1. rhonda joyce Says:

    Hey there!

    Very good post. Informative and necessary information for anyone who desires a sailing excursion. I look forward to more! Rhonda

  2. payday loans Says:

    Good info. I have been starting to look into the cost of living and travel by boat. This gives me a new perspective. Thanks for the info.

  3. Tool lanyard Says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I am very envious of your circumnavigation with your son

    I live in Gosport England, moved their to be by the sea
    as sailing is my passion. I have a son Jack 4 and he would
    love to do the same, when he is 8. My wife and I however run
    a Tool safety lanyard manufacturing business so we nerver seem to have enough time.
    Maybe one day.

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