Re limeted budgets et al.. it all depends on WHAT you want out of your life.. I am not of fan of resaurants and bars, never have been, so only go out to them usually twice a year.. birthdays (Jayne and I)
We fly back to the UK ONLY due to health reasons, but that is now getting sorted out.
We eat superb food, but, we cook it ourself... we drink fine wines, but a fine wine to be can be a euro a bottle.. its what you like..
Our total budget is just over 6K gbp.. no worries on that.. a heack of a lot of costs are down to the following...
Lack of skills to do maintenance yourself !.
Eating out and drinking out..
Flights back and forth..
Coastal hopping etc in the higher season is rather expensive, so we dont do it... from here, LC, we intend to head for the Azores, but the plan is to spend a year or two there.. evens out the expenses.
I make odd bits of dosh - hobby only, never felt the NEED to... by selling SSB units, antennas etc, by radio electronic repairs including autopilots.
Also computer builds and repairs, diagnostics etc..
IF you have mechanical, electrical, plumbing, GRP / wood experience, a sewing machine etc you can live VERY cheaply.
We have no ties in the UK, apart from Jayne's dad.. no house, nada... we have a good buffer in the bank but never need to touch it.
Some people NEED people around them, there is mention of 'communities' in this thread, brings dread to our hearts lol... last thing I want is to be amongst a load of brits... eeek..
The COMMUNITY is where you are.. you NEED to learn the lingo a wee bit.. you can have all the community you want then.
The BEST time of the year for US is the winter, minimal or no liveaboards, privacy, time to do what and when you please.
The next best time, is the early season as boats from differing nationalities pass through...
Whatever rocks YOUR boat..
and yes, re crusing to sort out 'issues' usually it DONT work, you have to be the right kind of person to make a success of it, there is no real stereotype though.. NORMAL people, no social hangups, acceptance of WHAT you have to work with.. OLD ideas about professions and status and keeping up wit hthe jones just does not work long term.
There are three boats, inc us, that have wintered over.. the skills we share for no monetary reward is a pleasure to behold.. everyone can learn from the other, and make use of the skills on a purely pro-rata deal.
The 'white collar' professions ten to be the ones with the least skills needed for crusing on a limited budget (In general, not all of course), the more practical people seem to be better equipped.
Anyone who wants mini england etc, is advised to live in the UK... it is - again generally - not an attitude conducive with this kind of life...