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 continued what may be the slowest cruise
ever, going from Oyster
Bay, NY to Hampton, VA. The cash outflow was better than last month, but would have been less had it not been for repairs
necessitated by an unfortunate incident in what will forever be known on our boat
as "that damn underwater dike in Delaware Bay." We are certainly glad that we have a nice cushion for unexpected expenses like that one.
Here's what we spent in October, 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: $151.79. This includes a can of TruFuel (non-ethanol gas) for the dinghy
which is $20 a can. Moving into states that sell non-ethanol gasoline at the pumps will help a lot with this.
Propane/Denatured Alcohol: $24.81. Two propane
canisters for heat and the grill
, and one gallon of denatured alcohol for the stove
(2 phones, one iPad
data plan, iCloud storage
, and a
inReach subscription): $165.61
: $10.60. The UPS Store charges $5.00 to have mail delivered and held.
Club annual dues: $550. We decided to maintain our membership
for another year to keep our options open for returning to our slip in Groton next summer.
Boat stuff: $2,445.09. The repairs
from our grounding and a power wash to Pegu Club's bottom cost $2,188.36. The rest is for a ditch bag, zincs, extra cotter pins, spare nuts for the windlass
, a 5 gallon diesel
jerry jug, disposable gloves, 2 hanging dehumidifier bags, and some hose to make oil
Times subscription: $40.40 (gets billed every four weeks)
: $301. This is for one night on a mooring
in Port Washington
, two nights at a slip in Delaware City (where the boat was getting repaired), and four nights on a mooring
Random: $153.88 – this amount includes new v-berth sheets
(the cotton ones always felt damp), a Kindle book and a real life book, a write on/wipe off board, a collapsible push cart for groceries, two Mega Millions tickets, AAA batteries
, anti-skid for the galley
cupboard, two DVD's, and tips for marina staff.
September/October average: $5,452.41
I hope this is helpful.