For the research, I've created a new page (as previously promised) where I can save the more useful links I run across. You should now see a navigation bar just below the site banner that will take you there.
As for the current research, I've been looking at the dreaded "money" question. How much does it take to go cruising?
It is the question everyone wants answered yet doesn't seem to have one. Well, OK there is one: "It takes just a little bit more than you have."
I do understand why there isn't a good answer though. Just as everyone who lives on land lives in different homes and on a different budget, the same would naturally hold on a boat. Our daily lifestyle choices make a big difference, things like:
- Do you eat out a lot or cook meals at home (and how gourmet are they)?
- Do you have a big home and lots of "toys" (and can you live without them)?
- Are you a do-it-yourself type or do you have lots of "people" on speed dial?
What I can say I've found is that, while there are examples of annual cruising budgets from $6000 (US) a year and up, there do seem to be quite a few in the $12000~$18000 (US) a year range. That's pretty cheap living in paradise.
Check out some of the links I've added to the Money section of the research page. And as I find more information of interest, I'll add it to that page.