Spent the month in the Bahamas
. This month could be a good example of the “not counting” principle of reporting cruising costs by not counting medical
and the new life vests I ordered ($880 of the months costs). But cruising and living costs are the same to me and my bank account doesn’t know the differences. So, I report total out of pocket costs and let readers decide how to apply to themselves for planning if desired.
General living – have you see the prices of beer
in the Bahamas
? Especially in out islands where it may be 2x the “mainland” price! Then there is coke, $0.52/can in Nassau
, $0.88/can in Marsh Harbor, $1.50/can in Hopetown. Anyway grocery, beer
, supply runs, sundries, clothes, “other” etc. for the month was “normal” even though we held back and went through about half the stores in the freezer
and dined out a lot (at least dollar wise).
costs were just some new inflatable
life vests with harness. Defender had a great deal on them, and I had been wanting so ordered and will pick up when I get back to the States. This maybe could be counted as “clothes”, but to me it is a boat
expense as if not for the boat I would not have gotten.
Dining out and entertainment costs were kind of high. It just costs more to do here even at “local” places if you can find one open.
were credit card cash back.
Communication was cell phones, a month of WIFI service
for Bahamas, and a month of in Reach service
Marina cost was 6 days on a mooring
in Hopetown waiting a weather
blow (just to get hammered a week later by an unforecasted 60 mph blow).
Medical/dental was monthly ACA plan payment, plus testing copays from 3 months ago and physical therapy copays from over a year ago still showing up.
The total expenses were $ 3,260.93. Cost breakdown as follows for planners and hecklers and spreadsheet attached:
General Living - Food
, soda, alcohol, clothing
, sundries, other - $ 1,000.33
Boat costs - upgrades, repairs
- $ 252.13
(diesel, gas, propane) - $ 172.44
Dining and drinking out - $ 797.34.
Entertainment - $5.00
- $ 278
– $ -38.76
Marina - $ 120.00
- $ 0
- $ 674.45