As we were getting ready to cut the dock
lines, I found Sailorboy's monthly posts listing his cruising expenses were very helpful as a real world example of the costs of cruising. In the interest of paying it forward, I thought I'd list our monthly expenses for those who are dreaming and planning as we once were.
As background, we are a middle-aged couple (I'm 49, Mr. cthoops is 59) and we are cruising full-time on our 1977 Bristol 29.9. This is our second boat
and we've spent the last few years sailing her in the summer and refitting during the winter.
We spent the entire month of March in the Bahamas
which, once again, is proving to be very good for the budget
. Here's what we spent, keeping in mind that Mr. cthoops has congestive heart failure so we don't drink alcohol (his cardiologist says no) and we eat out infrequently (because of his sodium restrictions).
Groceries/Non-food Groceries: $175.53
Diesel/Gasoline: $64.00 (15 gallons in Rock Sound, Eleuthera)
: $90.00 (prescriptions)
(2 phones, iCloud storage
inReach subscription, and myislandwifi because the T-Mobile service
is so slow in the Bahamas): $219.26.
Times subscription: $20.20
ball for one night: $25.00
Non-Owners Auto Insurance
policy for six months: $74.80
Random: $22.88. Trash disposal in Georgetown
, one Kindle book, and plastic spatulas.
September, 2018 through March 2019 monthly average: $4,055.33
I hope this is helpful.