We spent a grand total of 3800US$, for two people, this year.
That can't cover food. How do you feed yourself? Is there a lot of foraging going?
@puffinus_puffinus It does cover food, it's pretty much our only expense. In Fiji, a week's worth of fresh market is about 40$?
@puffinus_puffinus This might help you make sense of how we did it.
We spent 3 months at sea with 0$ spending, we spent 2 months anchored by a beach onto which grew almost 100% of our fresh produce needs. We would buy flour and rice every few weeks.
@neauoire Ah okay, that makes sense. I was imagining most of the money went into the boat (maintenance etc). Do you grow stuff onboard during your time at sea? How do you manage food while travelling?
@puffinus_puffinus We don't eat meat, fish or dairy. They wouldn't keep since we don't have a fridge anyways.
So we eat mostly dried foods, so have 6 types of grains, 8 types of legumes, 6 difference sauces, 4 kinds of oils. We keep these stocked up in ports. We catch and filter rain water.
@puffinus_puffinus we spent 400$ in maintenance, we had to change some lines on the boat that started to rot.
@neauoire I get that all this has been worked out for centuries now. I'm interested in the modern approach though.
Growing sprouts (mung bean, alfalfa seeds) might be useful for having fresh food during long voyages. You can store them and sprout them only when you need them.
@puffinus_puffinus We don't grow sprouts, we sometimes do guerrilla gardening on deserted islands, like some sailors will plant potatoes somewhere, tell us, we pick them, plant more for the next person, etc.
Sprout takes a lot of fresh water, which we don't have a lot of. And they rot instantly. Instead, we pickle things.
@neauoire Guerrilla gardening sounds great! I highly approve.
Impressive. I guess not having rent or utility bills dramatically reduces your expenses?
@InvaderXan Once you have no rent to pay, and food grows all around. Life kind of just .. slow down.
Seems to me like the way life is supposed to be!
@InvaderXan I like to think so.
@neauoire Excuse my ignorance, but what are you doing about power?
Is the boat fully wind-sailed + solar for electronics?
@robotsneedhugs We are fully solar and wind powered :)
@neauoire So does that include boat repairs?
@neauoire woops, I see you answered this. My bad.
@teknari No problem, let me know if you have any more questions :)
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