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Raising the funds

Leisurely working on your sailing skills, you may want to start raising funds towards the real boat.

Budgets on the oceans vary greatly.

Many cruisers are in their fifties with money in the bank after a successful professional career. You’ll find them mostly hanging in marina bars.

Then there are the Billionaires. Usually keeping to themselves aboard large yachts crewed by rosy-cheeked helpers wearing bright white outfits.

Increasingly rare, the ocean version of old-style surfers and climbers became our favorites: Sail bums of all ages, getting by on means of diffuse origins. You’ll find them on deserted beaches, sharing wild stories and cheap wine.

If you are not a Billionaire, don’t want to wait until retirement, or starve your way around the globe, a middle way is to get together around USD 60.000.

40.000 for the boat and the rest for additional gear.

You´ll also want some means on the road. Living on a boat can be done cheaply. Major costs will be harbor fees, paperwork, maintenance and replacing parts. You could do all right at around USD 1500 monthly, and it’s not unusual for people to get by on less.

Once people are done cruising they usually sell the boat which should bring back 70 percent of original price if you maintained it all right.

So how do you get the 60.000 plus road money in the first place?

People often sell their house, their car and other assets thus transforming the funds into their boat. Others work two or three jobs for a few years. Some - like us - start a business. And then there are those who simply pick up an old boat for nothing and fix it up.

Anything works but the path you choose will probably require a trade off: Hard work, altering your lifestyle, and/or giving up social status and material possessions for the promise of freedom and adventures.

Internet brings lots of opportunities to work enroute. Blogs need writers. Google ads can bring in hundreds of dollars each month if you set up your own website. Programmers often work distributed.

If you want to cut your digital presence and skip the bad internet connections a temporary job in harbors or - even better - fixing other peoples’ boats will bring cash.

Always in demand are mechanics, electricians, carpenters or just handymen willing to fix a problem fast when time is short before passages. Learn a trade, bring the tools, and put up signs on your boat. Even hair cutting could bring business around deserted islands.

We’ve yet to report a sailor found dead on his boat by famine. Never let money stand in your way, you’ll figure it out.