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Forum: Liveaboard's Forum Yesterday, 20:00
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Re: Our cruising costs - month 27 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

It was a good fun to suck ratio last month - we avoided the cold weather with the exception of one day, we had our favorite tomato pie in Beaufort, SC (as part of an extended stop in our favorite...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum Yesterday, 16:28
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Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 27 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

We tried to get them. After standing there for almost ten minutes surrounded by people not wearing masks without any acknowledgement from the employees despite trying to get their attention, I...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum Yesterday, 14:00
Replies: 4
Views: 209
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Our cruising costs - month 27 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

November was our 27th month of cruising full-time on our Bristol 29.9.

We started November with an overnight passage from Beaufort, SC to northern Florida, bypassing Georgia, and we ended the...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 26-11-2020, 15:29
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 26 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

The eating out/entertainment spending has crashed since Covid began. Iím definitely looking forward to the day that the spending in that category goes up. :smile:

As for marinas, we donít have...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 26-11-2020, 14:19
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 26 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

Keep it up and I wonít knit you anything for your birthday. :biggrin:

I do agree, however, that the run-of-the-mill cruising cost accountings donít stir up the same angst as the more extreme...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 17-11-2020, 12:03
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Winter Storage w/ Mast Up in CT

Pine Island Marina in Groton, CT allows mast up.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 15-11-2020, 13:37
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Month 50 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat

Looks like you had a very good fun-to-suck ratio last month!
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 14-11-2020, 15:58
Replies: 21
Views: 2,194
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Water maker for yacht

We have the petrol Rainman with the compact membranes. At 30’, space is definitely an issue for us. It works great and the output is as advertised. It takes 10 minutes at the most to set up. The...
Forum: Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 02-11-2020, 16:53
Replies: 30
Views: 2,427
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Long Island Float Plan, 11/4 through 11/9

For south winds, as mentioned above Mattituck has excellent all-around protection. Northport, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, and Port Washington are all good stops.

If you want to stay on the...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 02-11-2020, 09:48
Replies: 521
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Posted By Cthoops
Re: Any early retirees turned cruisers with big careers have regrets?

Thatís awesome! I read somewhere that people who set a date are much more likely to actually head out vs those who say they will leave ďsomeday.Ē

Youíre right about the negative noise - it wasnít...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 01-11-2020, 15:02
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By Cthoops
Re: 2 Solar Controllers

Thus is exactly what we have (including the Genasun controllers), except we have two batteries connected in parallel. We have two 100 watt semi-flexible Renogy panels, each connected to its own...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 01-11-2020, 08:26
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Posted By Cthoops
Our cruising costs - month 26 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

October was our 26th month of cruising full-time on our Bristol 29.9.

In October we went from Oriental, NC to Beaufort, NC, with a ten day stop in New Bern, NC to take one more car trip up north. ...
Forum: Weather | Gear, Reports and Resources 30-10-2020, 12:07
Replies: 41
Views: 3,808
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Waiting on a weather window out of block island

The holding in the Stonington anchorage is mixed. Some people say itís great. Others have a hard time getting a good set. South and north protection is a challenge in Fishers Island Sound. If you...
Forum: Weather | Gear, Reports and Resources 29-10-2020, 16:34
Replies: 41
Views: 3,808
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Waiting on a weather window out of block island

We didnít spend this past summer in Connecticut. We only went as far north as the Chesapeake, but weíll never do that again. From now on itís definitely summer in New England.

Currently weíre in...
Forum: Weather | Gear, Reports and Resources 29-10-2020, 12:44
Replies: 41
Views: 3,808
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Waiting on a weather window out of block island

Waiting for weather is a bummer, but a window always opens up. Having said that, this time of year you may be hard pressed to find a long-enough window to go from Block to Cape May given your boat...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 19-10-2020, 16:20
Replies: 11
Views: 1,302
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Month 49 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat

Nice to see the entertainment/dining costs a bit higher. Good times!
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 14-10-2020, 17:08
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
Posted By Cthoops
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 14-10-2020, 17:06
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 25 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

Weíll keep doing it as long as weíre having fun. Where we will go is still an open question. Itís hard to beat the beautiful color of the water in the Exumas - it keeps pulling us back!
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 14-10-2020, 17:04
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 25 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

Mr. cthoops has a basic tenor but has been having a lot of fun with it. I do hope that someday weíll share an anchorage. :smile:
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 10-10-2020, 06:52
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Our cruising costs - month 25 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

You’re right that the annual average has been decreasing, although 2018 was only a four month year so it’s likely that it wouldn’t have been as high over a full twelve months.

In 2019 we had a...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 09-10-2020, 06:57
Replies: 12
Views: 1,767
Posted By Cthoops
Our cruising costs - month 25 for a middle-aged couple on a 30' boat.

September was our 25th month of cruising full-time on our Bristol 29.9.

In September we started working our way south for our third warm winter. We had hoped to be able to avoid hauling out for...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 02-10-2020, 17:03
Replies: 13
Views: 633
Posted By Cthoops
Re: 2020/2021 Plans for East Coast US Cruisers

We are hoping for the Bahamas but prepared to spend the winter in Florida before heading to New England next year. We’ll see how it pans out. I guess that means we should check 5 of the boxes in the...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 18-09-2020, 05:57
Replies: 30
Views: 5,599
Posted By Cthoops
Re: A hiccup in our plans - congestive heart failure

OP here. Since this thread was resurrected I thought I’d give a brief update should anyone else find themselves in the same situation.

Mr. cthoops had a successful cardiac ablation in late March,...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 16-09-2020, 05:59
Replies: 32
Views: 4,227
Posted By Cthoops
Re: Cost Review of Year 4 Cruising and Living on the Boat

Congratulations on hitting the four year mark! Let's hope this next year involves more traveling and less sitting for all of us.
Forum: General Sailing Forum 13-09-2020, 04:40
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By Cthoops
Re: A Good Rigger in Connecticut?

A third vote for Sound Rigging. We have worked with Chuck on several items and he and his company are top notch.
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