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.
This month we made it to Florida
, starting the month near Georgetown
, SC and ending in Cocoa, FL.
The cash outflow was significantly better and much closer to what we’d like to be spending. We already know that January will be another very high expense month, but that’s a story for next month.
Here's what we spent in December, 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: $544.07
Propane/Denatured Alcohol: $44.50. Four cans of propane
which we use for heat and the grill
, and one gallon of denatured alcohol for the stove
: $258.24. This includes paying for our full year’s 2019 premium in advance on the health
(2 phones, one iPad
data plan, iCloud storage
, and a
inReach subscription): $216.41. This went up as we were experimenting with the right combination of hot spot data and inReach plan. It will decrease quite a bit beginning next month.
stuff: $437.91. The majority of this was for an ATN Mastclimber so I can climb the mast
when needed. Hauling me up in the bosun’s chair is beyond Mr. cthoops' stamina given his CHF, so some research
turned up the Mastclimber. We also bought an extra snubber hook for the chain, 2 packages of step-down connectors, a gallon of oil
, 5 oil
diapers, a dinghy
light so we would be compliant in Florida
, a small amount of chain and line for our dinghy anchor
and a bag to hold it all in, some rubber gasket
, and a strip of teak
to replace the one that broke on our companionway
Times subscription: $20.20
Marinas/moorings: $401.78. This is for four nights on a mooring
, SC (a storm kept us there for two extra nights), three nights at the Isle of Hope Marina near Savannah so we could visit relatives, and seven nights on a mooring
in St. Augustine, FL (we were going to stay for five nights but were having fun so decided to stay for two extra nights).
Random: $75.67. This includes a haircut for Mr. cthoops, hand warmer packets, a Kindle book, a $1.99 game
for the iPad
(I was going stir crazy with the weather), hangers, a box of cloth rags, AAA batteries
, and marina tips.
September – December average: $4,465.95
I hope this is helpful.