September by the numbers.


In September we finally left the marina and started working our way south, heading towards our third warm winter.

This month we had to haul out to put on more bottom paint, and we also had to travel to Connecticut for medical appointments. Those two things alone constituted 70% of our expenses this month. Knowing that we were going to be spending a lot on maintenance and travel, we made a point of trying to be conservative with everything else for the rest of the month.

Here we go:

Days under way: 10

Nautical miles covered: 335.86

Nights on a dock: 1 (free)

Nights at anchor: 14

Nights hauled out: 15

Number of states: 3 (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina)


Groceries/Non-food Groceries/Alcohol: $361.21

Gasoline/Diesel: $33.59

Propane for heat: $22.20

Medical: $52.26

Cell data, iCloud storage, and Garmin inReach subscription: $190.37 (this was higher because our internet provider had to suspend service due to a legal dispute with AT&T, causing us to sign up for a different plan)

Laundry: $2.25

Restaurants/Entertainment: $57.54

Non-owners auto insurance: $52.95 (semi-annual premium)

Subscriptions: $125.67 (annual VPN subscription, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.)

Maintenance: $1,654.05 (haul out fees, bottom paint, quart of barrier coat, bootstripe paint, diesel oil, oil cloths, replacement zinc, tape, buffing cloths, coveralls, anchor gloves, paint rollers and brushes, paint tray and liners, box of rags, bucket, Starbrite rust remover, spring line (remnant), epoxy syringes

Connecticut-related expenses: $803.50 (storage for boat, rental car, gas, tolls, parking, Uber to and from Enterprise, etc.)

Random Items: $82.75 (coir, ukulele strings, etc.)

Total: $3,438.34

2020 Monthly average: $2,805.88

2019 monthly average: $3,457.97

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

Monthly average since starting to cruise: $3,384.50

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