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Sailing away

Tired of treading water against inflation? Go live on a boat.

Living at sea costs much less than living on land, Nevada City sailor Joseph Day learned firsthand.

With gas costing $4.50 a gallon, and food, water and heating costs rising, the Days ” a family of four ” are spending $1,000 a month more in Nevada City than when they were cruising along western Mexico last year, Joseph Day said.



“Now that we’re back, it seems awfully hard to save anything,” Day wrote in a letter this month to Latitude 38, a popular sailing magazine. “We’re living the same lifestyle as we always have, but now there is a lot less leftover at the end of the month.”

While cruising, the Days spent only about $100 in fuel a month, mostly diesel and some propane for cooking, Day told The Union this week.




The Days sailed in a Pearson 385, a 40-feet-long sailboat with two cabins or bedrooms, two heads or bathrooms, a galley and a living area, Day said.

At sea, the family generated electricity from solar panels, Day said. They also made 10 gallons of fresh water hourly from a desalinization machine.

“Our family of four could go for two weeks with 120 gallons of water,” he said. “We conserved so we didn’t run the water maker throughout the day.”

The Days returned to Nevada City in March 2007 after sailing continually for 24 months, Day said. Last month, Day was back at sea ” this time on a sailing trip from Cabo San Lucas to San Diego.

Day said he’s been aware of inflation throughout the voyage, but “in the past year, we’ve seen a significant increase in the cost of everything.”

Day is a contractor and his wife, Melinda, is a home maker.

His 17-year-old son, Joseph Day V, is a senior at Nevada Union High School, while his 12-year-old daughter, Jacque, is home-schooled.

Being a close-knit family, the Days are expected to be out sailing today on Scotts Flat Lake celebrating Father’s Day, Day said.

The Days hope to start a new cruise in fall 2009 once Joseph Day V enrolls in college, Day said.

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e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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