March by the numbers.


When March 1st rolled around we didn’t imagine we’d back in the U.S. by the end of the month, but here we are.

The Defender Warehouse Sale is traditionally at the end of March and we had planned to take advantage of the prices to buy a few upgrades, so this month was higher than the first two months. However, we have one very large upgrade coming up for April (the subject of a future post) which will make March spending look miserly. Ouch.

March opened with us anchored in the Exumas and closed with us sitting on a mooring in Vero where we will be until at least mid-May.

Here we go:

Days under way: 8

Nautical miles covered: 393.93

Nights at anchor: 22

Nights on a mooring: 7

Nights underway: 2


Groceries/Non-food Groceries/Alcohol: $323.29

Gasoline/Diesel: $63.71

Medical: $14.34

Cell data, iCloud storage, and Garmin inReach subscription: $256.43. This was much higher because we paid for a new SIM card and a new month of service when we returned to the U.S., plus we paid for a month of data on the iPad so we could check back in to the U.S. using the ROAM app.

Marina: $434.10 (Vero Beach mooring for four weeks)

Restaurants/Entertainment: $42.00

Non-owners auto insurance premium for six months: $62.30

Boat stuff: $1,069.16 (AIS transponder and NMEA 2000 cables, Spartite, Rescue Tape, 303 protectant)

Random and subscriptions: $39.68 (subscriptions, marina tip, trash disposal, postage to return MyIslandWifi)

Total: $2,305.01

2020 Monthly average: $1,824.76

2019 monthly average: $3,457.97

2018 monthly average (September – December): $4,465.95

Monthly average since starting to cruise: $3,412.31

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