Cost to sail around the world in 45 Scenarios


As we’re preparing you for your sailing adventure around the world let’s start with the obvious question we’re all wondering:

What does it REALLY cost to sail around the world?

We’re going to first go over how much it will cost you and then we’ll discuss the steps you need to take before your departure.

The Sailing Around The World Itinerary: A quick overview will as always be helpful as we begin this article. Sailing around the world means sailing from continent to continent, attempting not to stop in one spot for too long.

Sailing around the world can take you anywhere from 6 months to 3 years based on your mode of transportation, ability to paddle or row if you have limited sailing experience and many other factors.

For this article’s purposes we are going to use a time frame of 1 year with an average distance per day being 60 nautical miles. This should be doable for most abilities but should not be used as a standard to hold all sailors with.

The Sailing Around The World Budget:

Here’s where it gets depressing. Sailing around the world has been estimated to cost anywhere from $100,000 USD to $1,000,000 USD .

The low end of the spectrum is for those who like to live like a hobo and sleep on their boat, never coming into port and only stopping to do short day trips.

Sailing Around The World budget is for those that want to spend as much time as they can on land and explore as many exotic landmarks.

The higher end of your budget is for those who like to live the high life in some of the worlds most luxurious cities while still getting around via boat. Although we recommend staying away from this budget if you’re on a small budget yourself, it can be done with some giving up their creature comforts and living on an extreme budget.

Getting your world wide trip under your belt

To give you a better idea of what to expect we’re going to give you an example of a trip around the world, with some alternatives for those who want to save money on the route.

This is a rough estimate and does not include things such as visas or passports which can be essential if traveling between certain countries.

All costs calculated to sail around the world below are in USD:

You have a few options and we’ll lay them out for you so you can start making the best and most informed decisions moving forward. We highly recommend you sit down and talk with a sailor that actually made the trip. They are your best in-person resource for an undertaking such as this.

Option 1: Going it Alone, solo or with a Friend

– Option A: Island Hopping – $20,000-$40,000 USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Asia Route – $30,000-$50,000 USD/person

Option 2: Going Solo

– Asia to Asia Route – $35,000-$55,000 USD/person

– Option A: Island hopping – $25,000-$50,000 USD/person

Option 3: Going With a Friend

– Asia to Africa Route – $30,000-$65,000 USD/pair

– Option A: Island Hopping – $40,000-$60,000 USD/pair

Option 4: Going With a Partner, two people prepare – $40,000-$60,000USD/pair (excludes visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $50,000-$75,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $50,000-$75,000 USD/pair

Option 5: Going With a Partner, two people prepare – $55,000-$80,000USD/pair (excludes visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $60,000-$90,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $65,000-$95,000 USD/pair

Option 6: Going With a Partner, two people prepare – $65,000-$90,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $75,000-$105,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $80,000-$110,000 USD/pair

Option 7: Going With a Partner, two people prepare – $80,000-$110,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $90,000-$125,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $95,000-$130,000 USD/pair

Option 8: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $95,000-$130,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $100,000-$140,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $105,000-$145,000 USD/pair

Option 9: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $105,000-$145,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $110,000-$155,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $115,000-$160,000 USD/pair

Option 10: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $115,000-$160,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $125,000-$170,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $130,000-$175,000 USD/pair


Option 11: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $130,000-$175,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $135,000-$185,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $140,000-$190,000 USD/pair

Option 12: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $140,000-$190,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $145,000-$200,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $150,000-$205,000 USD/pair

Option 13: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $155,000-215,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $160,000-$220,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $165,000-$225,000 USD/pair

Option 14: Going With a Partner, two people prepared – $170,000-$235,000USD/pair (incl. visas)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $180,000-$245,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $190,000-$255,000 USD/pair

Option 15: Going with a Partner prepared for both land and sea passage – up to 3 months preparation / ~$200k per couple

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $190,000-$265,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $200,000-$275,000 USD/pair

Option 16: Going with a Partner prepared for both land and sea passage – up to 3 months preparation / ~$210k per couple

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $205,000-$280,000 USD/pair

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $215,000-$290,000 USD/pair

Option 17: DIY Adventurer without crew or support team (option “A” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Island hopping – $20,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $35,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $40,000USD/person

Option 18: DIY Adventurer without crew or support team (option “B” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$20,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $25,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $30,000USD/person

Option 19: DIY Adventurer without crew or support team (option “C of going at it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $40,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $45,000USD/person

Option 20: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “A” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – ~$50,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – ~$55,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]


Option 21: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “B” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – ~$60,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – ~$65,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

Option 22: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “C” of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $10,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $15,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $20,000USD/person

Option 23: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “A” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $15,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $20,000USD/person

Option 24: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “B” of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person

Option 25: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “C” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $30,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $35,000USD/person

Option 26: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “D” of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 27: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “E” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $50,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $55,000USD/person

Option 28: Share a boat with a crew and skipper but not a support team (option “F” of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $60,000USD/person all in / person [depends on route]

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $65,000USD/person all in / person [depends on route]

Option 29: DIY Adventurer with crew or support team (option “G” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $25,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $30,000USD/person

Option 30: DIY Adventurer with crew or support team (option “H” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person


Option 31: DIY Adventurer with crew or support team (option “I” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $15,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $20,000USD/person

Option 32: DIY Adventurer with crew or support team (option “J” of going at it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 33: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “G of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – ~$10,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – ~$12,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

Option 34: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “H of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $15,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 35: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “I of going it alone)

– Option A: Asia to Africa Route – $30,000USD/person

– Option B: Asia to Europe Route – $35,000USD/person

Option 36: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “J of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 37: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “K” of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person

Option 38: Boat Share with only the captain receiving compensation (option “L” of going it alone)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

Option B: Asia to Africa Route – ~$20,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – ~$25,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

Option 39: Going it Alone (options “M” or “N”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $15,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $20,000USD/person

Option 40: Going it Alone (options “O” or “P”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

Option B: Asia to Africa Route – ~$20,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – ~$25,000 USD all in / person [depends on route]


Option 41: Going it Alone (options “Q” or “R”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person

Option 42: Going it Alone (options “S” or “T”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 43: Going it Alone (options “U” or “V”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person

Option 44: Going it Alone (options “W” or “X”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – ~$15,000 USD all in / person [depends on boat and route]

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $20,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $25,000USD/person

Option 45: Going it Alone (options “Y” or “Z”)

– Option A: Pirate Alley option on a sailboat – $8,000USD/person for this path

– Option B: Asia to Africa Route – $10,000USD/person

– Option C: Asia to Europe Route – $12,000USD/person

So, now you have an idea of the true cost to sail around the world

All options assume that after 1 year of preparation time (for purchasing the boat and initial training) the trip will last ~3 years. We assumed a very conservative 25% total savings rate during those 3 years which leaves you with a balance of about $621,000 at the end.

The above estimates do not include any costs related to acquiring or maintaining your own personal safety equipment such as guns, satellite phone linkup’s etc. Good luck!

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