COST of living aboard CHEAP year round on a Sailboat | Sailing Balachandra S02E30

probably THE most common question that
we’ve had since we started all this is what does it cost to live on a boat. I
get asked that at least once a day numbers! budgets! numbers! charts! graphs! ..
math! let’s crunch some of these and answer some of your questions. Yeah you
might save all this money to go buy a boat and then find out that you don’t
have enough or ‘you didn’t expect this!’ and ‘didn’t expect that’! There’s all
these other expenses involved with buying a boat people don’t realize right
away so we’re gonna share all that with you guys as well as give you a
rough estimate as to how much it’ll cost you to live on a boat full-time for one
year. Pre boat buying expenses… before I bought the boat I needed a few things so
that I could bring the boat home so I took a VHF course. There’s a boating card that I had to get here in Canada and so that was the first thing.
So all that came to about $140. So let’s talk about buying the boat and
bringing the boat home. When I bought the boat I had to rent a crane which was
expensive! Where I bought the boat they didn’t have a travel lift and they were
getting repairs done to their railway launch so we had to get a crane.. and I
had to raise the mast and I paid for my marine survey. We had to get a mechanical
inspection done on the engine and I had to pay to have the cradle brought home to
Nova Scotia on a flatbed truck. When I got here I realized I had skids to put
on the cradle because of the way they launched boats at our marina so I had to
pay for that… So are skids like a form of sliding the boat? If the marina
you want to join has cradles that get pushed around by a tractor like ours
then you might need skids. We’ve got boat insurance… and I hired a captain to
bring the boat home so all told it cost me five thousand six hundred and eighty
three dollars to bring the boat home. That really sucks.. when you purchased the boat
it wasn’t already in the water. like you had all these additional fees.. All
these costs are factors if a boat’s not in the water you might have to pay for
that. If you want a sea trial, you know, you might have to get the mast put up and
there’s a cost of that. All right next topic: Extras for trip home; so when I
bought the boat it didn’t have all the things I needed to get it home. Tt had no
actual chartplotter or navigation system so I wanted to do it the cheap route and
I knew that I could use a tablet so we picked up a tablet that I could put
Navionics on and I wanted Navionics HD. it’s it’s a better vesion of navionics I also
bought Navionics from my phone because I wanted a backup.. The Android tablet
pretty much takes a half hour to actually boot up! Well not you
always say you think we fixed it but it’s not fixed folks it’s not! The mobile
came in handy like it was handy to have the mobile I strongly suggest you get it
you should always have backups for backups especially with your charts you
should have paper charts as well but yeah the more options the better
obviously. So we had to buy a mount for the tablet so I could put it on my
binnacle and and I had to pick up all new foul weather gear because guess what? ..
I didn’t have any. ..and it’s essential crossing the Atlantic. We were going 300
nautical miles and crossing the Bay of Fundy on the way home the weather didn’t
look great so the foul weather gear actually came in handy. The total for
extras for the trip home is $747 so let’s
talk about what it costs to live on a boat full-time obviously there’s going
to be Club fees you might even have to pay a club membership depending on where
you go but usually if you want to live on a boat in the winter in Canada
there’s no way you’re gonna be able to do it unless you’re at a marina that has
a bubbler or a bubble maker or some kind of de-icer.. otherwise.. I feel much safer. Yeah but you’re like ‘safety Dan’ right?
You really are though.. you’re always on top of things.
Hey that’s not a bad thing! No it’s Not. Winter Power Bill? Marinas still
charge for power. Yeah we thought we were gonna get away with it last year
but no we got a bill we ran the furnace for seven months off and on.
Yeah that’s where diesel comes in. Yep so I would run down to the gas station and
fill up diesel maybe every week or two. I think on average when I worked it out is
about $20 a week. So Dan and I like to splurge on our groceries I know that I’m
a foodie and Dan enjoys the fact that I’m a foodie so typically at we are
spending $40 a week. I think what you’re saying is we eat more in the winter. I mean
you’re like in hibernation mode you live on a boat.. drink wine.. laundry well hey
free laundry baby! so Dan and I we’re both born and raised here and our
parents are close by so.. Thank you mom! I go to the laundromat sometimes.
sometimes.. my parents aren’t that close I have to drive a few hours. we wanted to
haul out in the spring and we’re going to haul out again next spring just to clean the bottom I mean there’s only a lot of sludge there it’s voting for
independence. I don’t want to haul it but he’s insisting that we do yeah but we
just hauled out. Yeah check out this episode. Click here! so the full cost
of living on the boat for a full winter full time is $4030 there’s seven months now do the math in your head.
It’s beats rent. It totally beats right oh absolutely and I’m sure that you guys
could probably find a way to do this even cheaper if you don’t mind you know
substituting heat for blankets we didn’t include much for summer but
the cost of a summer mooring here is about 600 bucks we paid it last year
they didn’t put us on a mooring so altogether if you want to live on a boat
like live on a boat and travel in it and just like be detached just get away from
it all is eleven thousand and two hundred dollars to start up to buy a
boat and live on it for one year and you’re going to buy the boat it’s it’s
not just what’s on the price tag keep that in mind before you before you jump
at a boat that you like just kind of the price. So that’s it! there you have it !if
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guys some playlists check them out yeah we’ve been doing this for a year guys
there’s like a whole year if you’re gonna watch it it’d be like watching a
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thanks for watching you

83 thoughts on “COST of living aboard CHEAP year round on a Sailboat | Sailing Balachandra S02E30

  1. Great Episode! Thank you for the expense breakdown. It's very helpful. Oddly, I was very impressed with the left handed writing skills on the dry erase board. That's talent! Love your channel. Keep them coming!

  2. Sailing Balachandra: Comparing that to purchasing a House and all the cost that follow that on a monthly base, and include what you need to set aside for regular maintenance, then gas, electricity, and government taxes, and so fort, i say you buying a boat to live on, with the cost you put out here is way cheaper than a land locked house, Can$ 575. A month is not bad at all, and you are living for your self and not with parent.

    Some of the cost you mention are โ€œonetimeโ€ cost and have to be divided trough the the life span of it, and food cost i would say you get out on the lower side, simply due to the storage space and cooler space that you might not have compare to a house, so all in all, you doing darn great in my opinion.

    So keep on, and have fun, and happy upcoming holidays and new year…

  3. It's kind of disingenuous to say "it beats rent!" if you don't include the purchase price of the boat. I can live in a million dollar beachfront condo for less than the cost of renting a 1 bedroom apartment if I don't tell you that I paid cash for the condo upfront and thus have no mortgage payment.

    Also I have no idea how you. eat a "foodie" diet for less than $3CAD/person/day, but I don't think you need to include the cost of groceries anyway, it's not specific to the boat, people will buy groceries if they live on a boat or in a house.

  4. Wow, I just discovered this video is being discussed on Reddit! awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Finally a clear extensive video on the real living aboard costs, for normal people, well I mean, for the low budget people! lol thank you very much guys, greetings from Montreal!

  6. You should change the title to read –in Canada because those prices are astronomical in other places. The entire $5600 part could have been avoided. What are club fees??

  7. Try renting a broom closet in weho for $6500 amonth with no parking, and your going to buy food no matter where you are.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  8. I think you would have helped the 'newbs' out better if you'd listed recurring expenses like monthly slip rent and regular maintenance costs rather than one time spending items

  9. This was a little dis jointed. It was a mix of the start up cost plus the actual monthly/seasonal cost.
    The startup cost can rezlly vary depending on bozt condition rigging szils motor mechanical superstructure etc……
    How much was your boat as it looked like you has bought a dry docked boat. Are yo just living on ot or have you started to travel.
    And I sill check out your chznnel.

  10. Wow – expensive! But still cheaper than rent ๐Ÿ™‚ But in the South East USA, way cheaper – even if you rent a slip. I wouldn't include the food budget in your numbers – that's going to vary a LOT by person – and you have to eat wherever you live – it's not really a boat expense. Buying propane to cook with would be a boat-related expense.

  11. Happy to discover a sailing Vlog from Nova-Scotia! Just in case you don''t know, DYC has a bubbler, travel lift, beautiful new club house and similar fee that includes 4 lifts!

  12. Wow thats so cheap! Here in Australia boats are double the price and slips start around $6000.00au (about the same as canadian) per year and that doesnt include member ship to a yacht club.

  13. Location makes all the difference. As you mentioned these costs are costs incurred in Canada. Good video. Dave & Linda M/S Olivebank S/V Banyanda

  14. Expenses Totally depends on your life style do not pay for docking, Don't you have a anchor. The less gadgets you have to repair all the better, life gets simpler.

  15. I hope we cross wakes in the spring of 2019. I just purchased a C&C39 in Baddeck NS. Also I bought a house close to Seal Island and can see across the inlet from the kitchen window. Can't wait to move from Alberta to my new NS home. I look forward to following your sailing posts.

  16. Hey, guys, great video. I am sure any duo living on a boat would have a mix of different expenses based on location, costs unique to the particular boat they bought, etc., so the final cost could vary wildly. It seems some of the comments below skewer you on that… but we appreciate that you shared what it cost YOU in your unique situation… in a very nice format. Well done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Just spoted u guys but didn't recognize the boat…I also live in NS , I have a Bayfield 36 named Calista. Im guessing you might know my cusin Eric T ..Anyway hopefully we will see you out there one day!

  18. lol I live in Africa no bubbler needed. ๐Ÿ‘€ what is a bubbler? I googled it and this is what I got "A device used for smoking pot" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  19. Hello from another small sailing channel! $1000/month seems to be our average expense, too. This last month was $558 but we have more expensive months too. $1100 for 7 months of food? Not bad at all to eat well. Just wait until you are living on anchor full time. No more club fees or mooring cost! That's where the real freedom is. Cheers -E&C

  20. I'm a Canadian in the Emirates looking at used liveaboard boats internationally and the issue of getting the boat here has been a question. I hadn't considered hiring a captain. How did you find the appropriate captain? Did you travel with as crew? Great looking boat. What's the beam?

  21. I just did what you said. Binge watched all your videos from the first. You new dark haired lady is awesome. You two seem to work well together. I enjoyed watching you learn and repair things on your boat. I just subscribed and look forward to watching more (until I move onto my boat and start my own repairs).

  22. Looks like numbers I would have expected, but I would have saved about $2k+ on the buying costs and launch…

    BTW pushing the boat on "ties", in that fashion … wow, quite a rudimentary process … makes me think of blocks of granite, on logs(wheels), being dragged up the Pyramids ….

    Anyway, once the costs associated with the buying and delivery costs are dispensed with, you're right in the ball park where I'm am, on the river in Huron, Ohio, on a Bristol 29.

    Dockage $225, plus a sur-charge of $75(which is actually more than I was asked to pay), for 6 months(bubbling & heat), plus food(about $120 per month), one haulout "free", 1 launch "free" … I buy extra stuff from time to time …

    let's put it this way … I get a V.A.(veterans), pension which brings me $1100 per month and I can still save about $400-$500 per month. So my rather frugal living costs about $600 per month.

    We've got room for more …

  23. Ok you never included the actual price of the boat… You have a section called "buying & bringing back the boat." I got my calculator out and followed along. Unless the actual price of the boat was mixed in there somewhere under a dollar I'm not seeing it. My guess is that boat costs somewhere north of $15,000. It's hard to tell because I haven't seen much, but that would definitely be part of this. Also congrats on the boat.

  24. Hello from Vermont, USA. Good video guys. This is the first video I have seen from you. Guess what? You've got me – I subscribed. I'm building a Richard Woods Gypsy catamaran. I've got a long way to go, but one day I would like to sail to Nova Scotia.

  25. The information to a newby in the sailing world would be a dream crusher your information is not how everyone would go about buying a boat as myself I live in Texas I bought a bought in South America and Iโ€™m a jack of all trades diy so it seems a lot of wasted money or as a very experienced sailor told me one time check book sailers cheers from Texas oceancowboy ๐Ÿค 

  26. I just want a sailboat to park in front of the trailer house so I can drink liquor, bbq chicken fingers and have yacht party's with trailer park girls

  27. i am in Ottawa/Gatineau in Canada and for years now i want to live on a boat hoping that i can live on the cheap but seeing this i can see that there is a lot of fee's. of coursei would move to Vancouver because i like to sail down where its hot. good vid

  28. Now , living in a freezer for the whole winter is something to experience but youโ€™re better off heading south to Florida Mexico or go first class and hit the Caribbean. The money you spend on dockage could be better spent at a beach bar.
    I like your positive attitudes. Enjoy!

  29. This sum is not what everyone anywhere should expect to pay for one year, pay attention to which costs are NOT universal. People(especially on budget) dont typically hire a delivery captain(1600) and then proceed to spend a whole winter parked in expensive marina(~1000? +1800). Which all adds up to about 1/3.

    Other than that, thx for the breakdown and fair winds.

  30. Living on a boat in freezing temperature at a dock is insane.
    If you want to live on a boat sail down to warmer waters where you can dive off the stern in the morning into crystal clear waters.

  31. It cost only 40 a week for food or you only have 40 dollars a week for food? I'll bring you some groceries.

  32. 40$ a week ? ๐Ÿค” I need a video on this. Think mine is between 75-100, just for me and I donโ€™t really buy extra crap like ketchup and such

  33. Hello It's nice to meet you to here on YouTube , I'm In Florida and I live here in the marina out side of Jacksonville Beach FL for $390. a month and that covers all of my utilities and I can work on my sail boat year around so If you would like to have a sail boat and live on it you need to be in Florida , you do not need a skid for you boat there are boat lift here that you lift your boat out for $130 and put it on stands so come on down , Andy

  34. for you guys is about $11,200 start up roughly about
    $933 a Month for the first year
    $4030 for the Winter, $600 for the Summer
    $385.83 a Month every year after.
    This not including any Added cost of Repairs yet does include yearly haul outs right? So that is a plus of minus if you want to forgo that.

    This I'm assure does not include the cost of your boat. So if you are looking
    Please add 20% Down
    with a Credit Score of 670+ would also help.

  35. Stinking jew cunt.


  37. you guys just saved my life…am ready to buy a boat,,what I learned being a neighbor of yours…Mainer living in that buying a boat is like hunting moose. Heard him into the back of your truck…then shoot it

  38. Great video , any thanks I got all sailboats for free in America and sailing alone around the world ,my all adventures itโ€™s very interesting for the many people I love education extremely I was traveled when I was young by trains for free all the Soviet Union and Central Asia when I move to America in 1988 I travel for free all America states 50 and Canada completely ,also almost all islands in Caribbean , than I move to Hawaii islands where now I am living one of the beautiful the garden island of Kauai. I am looking now free sailboat or for $ 500 dollars to buy and next my adventure to the Indian Ocean the island of Mauritius. Welcome on my Facebook page, many sailing adventures on the high seas you will be surprised seeing. Fair winds and following seas my Dear captain friend I am very like it what are you doing ,many thanks great super awesome.

  39. Great vid! But, sorry to offend every Canadian here… a SEVEN MONTH WINTER!?… lived behind cling film!? Fly your Canadian flag with pride, but you seriously need to find yourselves another country to live in, at least for winter!

  40. IF you can reach Malaysia you can live in Langkawi for very cheap. It's a duty free island near Thailand and Penang.
    Here is a video of our trip there but by campervan. Intend to live on a boat here in 2 years to come.

  41. Super nice vids, like the authenticity of it. Can to Can, do you have a insurance company to recommand for sailboat in canada ??!

  42. Just got my first sail boat. I am learning and it is going well i plan on living onboard eventually. Thanks for the video it helps

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