January by the numbers.


Below are the numbers for January, including what we spent.  We really slowed down on the boat this month, spending the entire time in Florida. 

The cash outflow was, frankly, painful.  However, we knew that it was going to be a very high-cost month.  After debating over the course of a few months, we made the decision to switch from our hank-on jib to a roller furler.  One of the reasons we debated it for so long is because we were knew just how expensive it was going to be to make the switch.  It represents just over 50% of what we spent this month.  We also spent a lot of money preparing for the trip to the Bahamas by stocking up on groceries and extra boat maintenance parts.  Finally, we rented a car and took a trip to the west coast of Florida to visit family and friends which was an atypical expense.

We are consoling ourselves with the knowledge that our time in the Bahamas should be extremely low cost, helping to bring the monthly average down to something that is actually sustainable.  With a deep breath, here we go:

Days under way: 5

Nautical miles covered: 101

Gallons of diesel used: approximately 10

Number of states: 1 (Florida)

Nights at anchor: 8

Nights on a mooring: 23 (all in Vero Beach)


Groceries/Non-food Groceries: $956.28

Diesel/Gasoline: $64.91

Propane/Denatured Alcohol: $44.00.  Two gallons of denatured alcohol for the stove. 

Health Care: $176.55.

Life Insurance premium: $220.75

Cell phone and internet (2 phones, one iPad data plan, iCloud storage, and a Garmin inReach subscription): $142.66.

Mail: $19.57

Laundry: $8.00.

Ice: $8.50

Netflix: $11.10

Amazon Prime: $12.99

Miscellaneous annual subscriptions: $123.47

U.S. Coast Guard Documentation Renewal: $26.00

Boat stuff: $5,465.60.  The majority of this – $4,433.40 – was for the furler, its installation, converting the headsail, and related costs.  We also bought an SSB receiver, spare engine parts (i.e. filters, belts, zincs), Fluid Film, Loctite, diagonal wire cutters, an oil filter wrench, Far Bahamas Explorer Chart, extra cotter pins, 2 Luci lights for anchorages, a propeller shaft zinc, reflective mast tape, a spotlight, a diesel fuel funnel filter, two squeeze bottles for diesel, an extra 5 gallon diesel jerry jug, and an extra 1 gallon gas jerry jug. 

Restaurants/Entertainment: $90.03

Uber/Bus: $29.34

New York Times subscription: $20.20

Marinas/moorings: $312.98.  This is for 23 nights at Vero Beach City Marina. 

Sarasota/Bradenton trip expenses: $415.66

Random: $316.50.  This includes a haircut for Kimberly, fishing gloves and a small mirror for Jeff, navigation lights app, batteries, a cable and lock for the dinghy, two plastic cutting boards, a bag for our hatch boards, water repellant spray, an extra 5 gallon collapsible water jug, and a marina tip.  

Total: $8.465.09

September, 2018 through January, 2019 monthly average: $5,263.78

2 thoughts on “January by the numbers.

  1. Thanks for sharing! These “by the numbers” posts are particularly helpful for folks like us in the planning stages. The painful part for us is doing the conversion to Canadian Pesos, which adds 30% or thereabouts. Ouch!

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    1. I’m glad you’re finding it useful! When we were getting ready I wished there were more out there like this, so I knew I would post our numbers when we finally threw off the lines – even if it is painful sometimes. Yes, that exchange rate can really make it hurt. Hopefully when you get started it will swing in your favor! Kimberly


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