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⇑⇓THE COST OF CRUISING IN MEXICO I've been reading the ongoing discussions about the cost of cruising in Mexico, and can report that my brother and I set a budget of $750/month for our six months in the Sea of Cortez. We were easily able to stay within it. It's true, we now have some deferred maintenance expenses, boat insurance and medical insurance, but even with those included, it sure w o u l d be possible at between $1,000 to $1,250 a month Puerto Escondido wasn't the best place to be this spring, — espeas the moorings aren't cheap and the water was cold. cially if you have your medical covered like my brother does. Those government jobs! One item that helped reduce our monthly cruising costs was being able to acquire the majority of our protein by spearfishing. We met many cruisers who had spearguns, but didn't have the knowledge or experience to be successful using them. My brother and I, however, were able to get at least four fish dinners a week by spearfishing, and often provided the main course at beach barbecues with other cruisers. We spent the entire cruising season in the Sea of Cortez, and from January onward were at Loreto or to the north. The locals all said that this year was windier and cooler than normal. From our previous trips to Baja in the winter, we'd have to agree with them. In fact, several times in January we fired up the Webasto heater in the morning. We spent early April to early May cruising from Santa Rosalia up to Bahia de Los Angeles, and I don't remember any really warm days — although at times the weather was pleasant. It wasn't until we got down to San Carlos in mid-May that the air and water temperatures warmed up. We left for the U.S. on June 1, but will be returning to the Sea in November. From then on we'll explore south, as we don't want to have to use that Webasto again. Steve Albert Far Fetched, Beneteau Oceanis 390 Grants Pass, OR Steve — Thanks for the report on your cruising costs. While it's possible to live on $1,000/month, all expenses included, it would be misleading for anyone to suggest this is the norm. Most couples probably spend closer to $1,500 to $3,000 a
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