Costs of Cruising

Those of you who know me know that I'm a bit, shall we say, retentive about my personal finances.  As It turns out, that's a good thing.  It's allowed me to seriously lay out a plan that makes this journey possible.

When I started considering the possibility of  taking a sabatical, or even retiring early - really early - my first question was what does the lifestyle cost?  How much do boats cost?  How much will I spend on maintenance?  What is a reasonable cost of living in some of those far away places?

Of course, to get answers to these questions I turned to Google.  What I quickly found is cruisers forums and the interweb in general were full of helpful advice. 

"It takes whatever you've got..."

"How much do you have?"

But, with a little digging it is possible to find details; and while every cruiser is different, knowing what others spend, where they spend it and how they prefer to live can allow you to estimate your future needs.

Here are links to those budgets I've found online.  I'll post some of the other tools I use as I get the time.



Vessel Type Persons Year Cost/Month
Ariel 32' Cat 2 Adults, 2 Children 09-'10  $          1,716.67
Atom 28' Mono 2 Adults '98-'04  $             800.00
BeBe 53' Mono 2 Adults '06-'13  $          5,043.33
Billabong 44' Mono 2 Adults '04-'07  $          2,678.07
Brio 35' Mono 2 Adults '11-'13  $          2,751.67
Buckeye 38' Cat 2 Adults '12  $          3,500.00
Bumfuzzle 35' Cat 2 Adults '03-'07  $          3,100.77
Bumfuzzle 2 43' Mono 2 Adults 1 Child '12  $          3,332.24
Camille 38' Mono 2 Adults '12-'13  $          2,221.69
Carina 33' Mono 2 Adults '03-'10  $          2,000.00
Charbonneau 40' Mono 2 Adults '99-'07  $          1,825.00
Del Viento 40' Mono 2 Adults 2 Children '10-'13  $          4,277.73
Dos Libras 45' Mono 2 Adults '14  $          4,222.83
Duende 43' Mono 2 Adults '09-'12  $          2,752.50
Elizabeth 27' Mono 1 Adult '09  $          1,000.00
Elysium 42' Mono 2 Adults '09-'13  $          3,899.90
Gilana 50' Mono 2 Adults 1 Child '99-'11  $          1,175.00
Groovy 44' Mono 2 Adults '12-'13  $          2,000.00
Hello World 40' Mono 2 Adults '09-'13  $          2,273.00
Hotspur 41' Mono 2 Adults 2 Children '09-'11  $          2,182.64
Kintala 42' Mono 2 Adults '14  $          2,200.00
Let It Go 38' Cat 2 Adults 1 Child '13  $          1,800.00
Livin' the Dream 44' Mono 2 Adults '06-'11  $          2,757.65
Location 47' Mono 2 Adults '06-'10  $          1,500.00
Long Passages 38' Mono 2 Adults '94  $          2,483.33
Luckness 37' Mono 1 Adult '12  $          2,916.67
NonConformist 47' Cat 2 Adults 3 Children '11-'12  $          3,761.00
Nor Siglar 40' Mono 2 Adults '91-'00  $          2,541.08
Ocelot 45' Cat 2 Adults 2 Children '02-'14  $          3,000.00
Pacific Bliss 43' Cat 2 Adults '00-'08  $          2,500.00
Perry 48' Cat 2 Adults 2 Children '13  $          3,296.29
Picaroon 40' Mono 2 Adults '12  $          2,854.53
Sage 38' Mono 2 Adults '10-'13  $          1,000.00
Savannah 40' Cat 2 Adults 1 Child '10-'13  $          2,521.88
Scream 45' Mono 2 Adults '08-'12  $          2,401.56
Serendipity 34' Mono 2 Adults '12-'13  $          1,437.17
Serenity 30' Mono 2 Adults '12-'13  $          1,709.00
Simmer 35' Mono 2 Adults '99-'03  $          1,101.00
Slapdash 34' Cat 2 Adults '07-'12  $          2,000.00
Sophia 35' Mono 2 Adults '12-'13  $          1,884.62
Soulmates 40' Mono 2 Adults '09-'14  $          3,064.17
Tamure 40' Mono 2 Adults 2 Children '87-'91  $          1,800.00
Third Day 36' Mono 2 Adults 2 Children '07-'13  $          1,868.64
Velocir 27' Mono 2 adults '12  $             920.00
Ventana 40' Mono 2 Adults '96-'01  $          2,200.00
Viking Star 45' Trawler 2 Adults '11-'13  $          3,135.00
Wondertime 38' Mono 2 Adults 2 Children '11-'12  $          2,462.40

3 comments:

  1. What a great list. We were cruising (3 kids) and spending anywhere between 2-5000 a month depending on what broke on the boat. People looked shocked and said we should be spending barely anything living on a sailboat. Boats (and kids) are waaay more expensive than what people think. We've sold our 65' beast and are in the search for a smaller one to cut down on our expenses. 45-50' is our range. Best of luck with your cruising. I'll add you to our blog roll. xx Carly saltykisses.net

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    1. Carly - thanks for reaching out. This stuff was essential when we were figuring out if we could do this. We've been at it for a year now so I think it's time to bare it all re: our costs - that will come in a upcoming post. The first year meant a lot of outfitting so hopefully the second and third are cheaper. Otherwise it may be back to the salt mines for me.
      Love your blog, I remember first reading about your plans to do the NW passage and now you've done it and it sounds like you sold the boat as well. Hopefully our paths will cross some day.

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  2. Great list! I love that you figured out the monthly cost so it's a very valuable comparison. Looks like the average is $2,422 - we were right on par in Mexico. Wanted to let you know that we are cruising again - on a new boat in a new locale - and I started posting our expenses. Used to be aboard Camille. Now on Limerick. Thanks!!

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