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 crossed to the Bahamas
on February 3rd where we remain. Nothing like spending most of the month in uninhabited places to keep the cash outflow down! We may just have to stay here.
Here we go:
Groceries/Non-food Groceries: $327.85
Diesel/Gasoline: $120 (we paid $5/gallon in Hope Town for 15 gallons)
(2 phones, iCloud storage
inReach subscription, $10 in Skype credit, and myislandwifi because the T-Mobile service
is so slow in the Bahamas): $247.63. This will go down next month because we had to pay $50 for the myislandwifi router.
: $14.10 (approximately .35/gallon in Hope Town for R/O water)
Times subscription: $20.20
DAN Boater Evacuation Insurance
Check-in fee at the Bahamas
: $160 (it's actually $150 but I didn't have the exact amount and the immigration/customs officer didn't have change).
Random: $128.54. This includes a haircut for Mr. cthoops, DVD's, a book on the Abacos, and a swim noodle to replace one that was lost
September, 2018 through February, 2019 monthly average: $4,594.78
I hope this is helpful.