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 really slowed down on the boat
this month, spending the entire time in Florida
The cash outflow was, frankly, painful. However, we knew that it was going to be a very high-cost month. After debating over the course of a few months, we made the decision to switch from our hank-on jib
to a roller furler
. One of the reasons we debated it for so long is because we were knew just how expensive it was going to be to make the switch. It represents just over 50% of what we spent this month. We also spent a lot of money
preparing for the trip to the Bahamas
by stocking up on groceries and extra boat maintenance parts
. Finally, we rented a car and took a trip to the west coast
to visit family
and friends which was an atypical expense.
We are consoling ourselves with the knowledge that our time in the Bahamas
should be extremely low cost, helping to bring the monthly average down to something that is actually sustainable.
Here's what we spent in January, 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).
With a deep breath, here we go
Groceries/Non-food Groceries: $956.28
Propane/Denatured Alcohol: $44.00. *Two gallons of denatured alcohol for the stove
(2 phones, one iPad
data plan, iCloud storage
, and a
inReach subscription): $142.66.
Amazon Prime: $12.99
Miscellaneous annual subscriptions: $123.47
U.S. Coast Guard Documentation
Boat stuff: $5,465.60.* The majority of this - $4,433.40 - was for the furler
, its installation
, converting the headsail, and related costs. We also bought an SSB
receiver, spare engine parts
(i.e. filters, belts, zincs), Fluid Film, Loctite, diagonal wire cutters, an oil filter
wrench, Far Bahamas Explorer Chart, extra cotter pins, 2 Luci lights for anchorages
, a propeller
shaft zinc, reflective mast
tape, a spotlight, a diesel fuel
funnel filter, two squeeze bottles for diesel
, an extra 5 gallon diesel jerry jug, and an extra 1 gallon gas jerry jug.
Times subscription: $20.20
Marinas/moorings: $312.98.* This is for 23 nights at Vero Beach City Marina.
Sarasota/Bradenton trip expenses: $415.66
Random: $316.50.* This includes a haircut for Kimberly, fishing
gloves and a small mirror for Jeff, navigation
lights app, batteries
, a cable and lock for the dinghy
, two plastic cutting boards, a bag for our hatch
repellant spray, an extra 5 gallon collapsible water
jug, and a marina tip.
September, 2018 through January, 2019 monthly average: $5,263.78
I hope this is helpful.