I sailed solo from Houston
TX to Pamlico sound NC in 2008.
Here is repost from my tread on sailnet:
I sailed most of the Gulf of Mexico
part outside, took Okeechobee waterway and continued on a waterway further north. I think I used sail and motor
equal amount of miles or close to it, so it was 50/50 sailing/motoring
I sailed first half of the trip most and motored second half of the trip most.
Here is some statistic
Trip from Clear Lake
(Houston) TX to Vandemere (Pamlico Sound) NC took 50 days
My actual distance was 1903 nautical miles
Moving average speed 4.3 knots (it was greatly improving with motor
I rested 7 days (day of rest is a day when I didn’t move the boat)
In average I covered 42 n.miles in a day of moving
I overextended my budget
by 100% spending totally $1035
Expenses by category
$370 (fuel price
kept creeping up)
Marina stays 5 nights $170
and groceries $270 (I’m good cook and I didn’t mind making food
out of cans)
Booze and beer
$135 (I thought I was dry entire trip until I put together all receipts)
I had liability insurance
$240/year which is not included in total of $1035 for two months.
The boat was in good shape for 30 y.o. boat.
As you could see, I didn't spend much money
for boat maintenance
during the trip, however, in my three years ownership
I've spent on a boat $4000, mostly after purchase
of the boat and I expect to spend another $4000 this winter, and, I hope, I'll be good for another three years...
So, I'd say that $500/mo is a bit low, $700/mo is do-able, and, with $900/mo I can live as a king.
s/v Nemo - Freedom 28 Cat Ketch