I originally bought my AI about 5 yrs. ago as a possible boat I could use in the EC. Well, I never did that, but I have been an interested bystander. One of the inhibitions has been the cost--and that has increased significantly. I think the costs, other than logistics, food and camping gear, are
Entrance Fee $395
SPOT + Tracking $200+
Dry suit $600-1000
total (minimum) $1445-1845
Please correct me, if I'm wrong on this list. Of course, if you planned to participate in the EC for 3-4-5 yrs., that would bring the costs/yr down some. Considering that many first-time participants DO NOT FINISH, maybe that is the way to look at the costs.
I sail: S FL, Key Largo, Everglades, 10,000 Islands, Cape Romano, Cedar Key
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