April by the numbers.


We began April in the Abacos and wrapped it up in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  This month’s spending was fairly high for us, with a big driver being the number of stays we had at a marina or on a mooring ball.  We prefer to anchor out but with the exception of our two night stay on a mooring in St. Augustine and one night at St. James to time the current for the Cape Fear river, extremely uncooperative weather in areas with mediocre anchorages drove us to marinas.  Had it not been for that, we would have come in right around $2,000 for the month.

Here we go:

Days under way: 17

Nautical miles covered: 764.41

Nights at anchor: 12

Nights on a mooring: 11

Nights in a slip: 6

Nights underway: 1

Number of countries: 2 (Bahamas, U.S.)

Number of states: 4 (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina)


Groceries/Non-food Groceries/Alcohol: $877.77 (This was high.  We restocked food and (particularly) booze that we had run low on in the Bahamas.)

Gasoline/Diesel: $241.80 (This is much higher than last year, reflecting the increased cost of diesel over the past twelve months)

Denatured alcohol: $17.99

Medical: $16.12

Cell data, iCloud storage, and Garmin inReach subscription: $211.03

Laundry: $6.00

Mooring/slip fees: $502.63 (4 nights in Green Turtle, 2 nights in Vero, 2 nights in Daytona Beach, 2 nights in St. Augustine, 3 nights at Osprey Marina, 1 night at St. James, and 3 nights at Carolina Beach.  This is EXTREMELY high for us, and primarily due to strong weather in areas without decent anchorages).

Restaurants/Entertainment: $22.90

Quarterly Life Insurance Premium: $220.75

Annual TowBoat US policy: $154.00

Random Items: $234.97 (driver’s license renewal, citrus rags, box o rags, anchor gloves, foot warmers, hand sanitizer, diesel additive, subscriptions, Kindle book, marina tips, etc.)

Total: $2,505.96

2021 Monthly average: $1,635.21

2020 Monthly average: $2,758.15

2019 monthly average: $3,457.97

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

Monthly average since starting to cruise: $3,093.69

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