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 finally entered the ICW
upon leaving Hampton, VA and made our way south to Graham Creek, SC.
The cash outflow was slightly better than last month, but it skewed high due to the need to return to Connecticut for scheduled doctors appointments for Mr. cthoops. This meant that we left the boat
in a marina while we were away, rented a car, etc. Fortunately the appointments went well and he doesn’t need to return for six months, assuming nothing changes.
We also decided to bite the bullet this month and buy a new iPad
(we were using a second generation which is now our backup) and upgrade my iPhone
which was on its last legs (it was an iPhone
5 that I bought used several years ago). If it’s not obvious from the age of our old electronics
, we rarely upgrade so unless they fall into the ocean we won’t be needing to buy new ones for several years.
We’re hoping that December’s numbers will better reflect what we’d prefer to spend in a typical month. Here's what we spent in November, 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):
Diesel/Gasoline: $133.28. This includes five gallons of ethanol-free gasoline in a jerry can for the dinghy
Propane/Denatured Alcohol: $37.08. Eight cans of propane
which we use for heat and the grill
(2 phones, one iPad
data plan, iCloud storage
, and a Garmin
inReach subscription): $164.39
: $100. This covers future mailing expenses when we have the UPS Store forward our mail.
: $6.00. We did laundry
on our trip to Connecticut and Belhaven Marina had free laundry which helped keep this monthly expense low.
Boat stuff: $114.27. This included tea tree oil
, a heat diffuser for the stove
, a box of latex gloves, replacement short-fingered gloves, and thick rubber anchor
Times subscription: $20.20
Marinas/moorings: $502. This is for two nights in Hampton after we returned from Connecticut (the other five nights are in Connecticut expenses); five nights in Belhaven where we were delayed by weather
; five nights on a mooring
in Carolina Beach where we were again delayed by weather
; and one night in Georgetown
Connecticut-related expenses: $1,096.23
Random: $1,192.09. This amount includes the iPad and case, iPhone, a magnifying glass so I can read the charts
more easily, hand and foot warmers, boat cards, and tips for marina staff.
September- November average: $5,152.29
I hope this is helpful.