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Old 15-02-2021, 13:16   #1
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Month 53 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat

Spent half the month in Boot Key/Marathon Fl and half in the Bahamas. The last couple weeks in the Bahamas has been pretty low cost, but the costs to get here added up. The costs to get here: $358 COVID-19 testing, $120 health visa, $300, cruising permit, around $90 car rental to go get the tests. But I can tell you the Bahamas really needs cruiser money and Nassau almost seems a ghost town.

General living - Grocery, beer, supply runs, sundries, clothes, “other” etc. for the month were semi high as we stocked the panty and have months of food on the boat. Think we got some clothes and other stuff in the category, so it isn’t all food and drink.

Boat costs were medium. Biggest part of costs were $149 for some parts for the watermaker. $90 for a spare prop for the outboard and then just small everyday adds up “stuff”.

Dining out and entertainment costs were normal range with get together with our fellow boat scum and Happy Hours off the boat in general. Biggest part was taking our daughter and my mother-in-law out for their birthdays.

Entertainment going out to see a local play stage production.

Fees were Corvid testing, health visa, cruising permit, less around $63 in credit card cash back

Communication was cell phones with internet and data. Plus, we activated our inReach tracking, bought a MiFi for the Bahamas and a month’s service plan for it for internet and phone connection.

Marina costs were a few days on a mooring at Boot Key/Marathon and a few days in a slip at Bimini Bahamas waiting the weather to change.

Medical/dental was just monthly ACA plan payment.

Transportation costs were 2 car rentals with one being an expensive 1-way trip and the other being a day to go get the COVID-19 tests. These were offset a lot by a refund on car insurance because we sold our car last month and cancelled the insurance.

The total expenses were $ 3,645.18. Cost breakdown as follows for planners and hecklers:


General Living - Food, soda, alcohol, clothing, sundries, other - $ 1,104.77
Boat costs - upgrades, repairs, maintenance - $ 446.63
Fuel (diesel, gas, propane) - $ 101.09
Dining and drinking out - $ 315.18
Entertainment - $ 82.35
Communication, storage, shipping - $ 408.40
Fees – $ 711.67
Marina - $ 238.29
Electric - $ 9
Medical - $ 46.99
Transportation and travel - $ 113.96
Gifts - $ 66.85
Water - $ 0
Registration - $ 0
Insurance - $ 0
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Old 16-02-2021, 05:30   #2
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Went out and ate with the locals last night at the fish fry. Got that pounded tender and fried sea snail they call conch. Came with a massive pile of peas and rice and Bahamas mac-n-cheese. Drank the local beer and for the 2 of us it was $69. The moral is it costs as much to eat anywhere you go.
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$5.95 in Bimini Bahamas so you must think it will less in the “big” city Nassau. Nope it was $6.99
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$5.95 in Bimini Bahamas so you must think it will less in the “big” city Nassau. Nope it was $6.99
Arrggghhhhhh.!!!!
You eat Spare Parts Amalgamated Meats.????
Cancer in a can... and there was I thinking your living the good life.
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Old 16-02-2021, 06:09   #5
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Arrggghhhhhh.!!!!
You eat Spare Parts Amalgamated Meats.????
Cancer in a can... and there was I thinking your living the good life.
sometimes you just have to fry up some Spam
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Arrggghhhhhh.!!!!
You eat Spare Parts Amalgamated Meats.????
Cancer in a can... and there was I thinking your living the good life.
You'd be surprised. People in Hawaii love the stuff - hold over from WWII when that was all they could get. They have Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even put it in their sushii rolls. I'd much prefer a T-bone thank you.
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Thank you for monthly updates!

At least you know where your money goes...
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sometimes you just have to fry up some Spam
But for some of us, "sometimes" never comes... thankfully.

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But for some of us, "sometimes" never comes... thankfully.

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I suppose that your way of insulting those that like it.
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Thanks for the monthly update...but I'm more of a Scrapple man, myself.
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You'd be surprised. People in Hawaii love the stuff - hold over from WWII when that was all they could get. They have Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner and even put it in their sushii rolls. I'd much prefer a T-bone thank you.

This is from a McDonald's menu in Honolulu four years ago.
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Well Jim...I guess for some the thankfully never is SPAM, for others it probably equalsVegemite....
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sailor boy

I love your posting of the accounting. Seems pretty real world to me. I have thought of moving aboard and I have assumed that I could survive on 5K a month. Given your spreadsheet that seems like a realistic number
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Thanks for your entertaining and informative responses. I always look forward to see what you have to say. We hope to get back to the Bahamas or Exumas this season
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$5.95 in Bimini Bahamas so you must think it will less in the “big” city Nassau. Nope it was $6.99
$7.95 at the Fresh Market here in Nassau. Guess they figure if you buy a can at Fresh Market (kind of like a Whole Foods for the US people) you are desperate. So Spam defies location and store size as far as pricing.
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