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Month 8 Expenses & Costs of Cruising
This past month we traveled from Emerald Bay Exuma Bahamas back to the USA to Vero Beach Florida. Hiding and running from the weather in the Bahamas finally just did us in, so we did a couple of hard rough sails and left!!!!!
We spent about 8 days in a marina at Emerald Bay during the month. We really only stopped there to get fuel and water, but the seas breaking at the entrance made it too dangerous to leave so we joined other sailboats trapped there. The dock was cheap at $0.50/ft with no power or water, but each night sucked with the wind on the beam and the surge on the bow/stern and in the end we left in conditions that were still bad because we just couldn’t take it anymore (wind/surge in the Bahamas even sucked while in a marina).
When we got back to the States we rented a car for a few days. We also went on “vacation” for a week and I slept on land for the first time in 8 months and sat around in air conditioning while binge watching Netflicks etc. The biggest cost of the vacation really was dining as we ate out each night for dinner. It was also our 35th wedding anniversary this month and that was a dining out at a higher level than normal.
The boat needed some stuff; new macerator pump (real shitty job), head pump, dinghy repairs, and a sail repair when I get to it. We got a couple of used sport chairs that we had wanted a long time and there were numerous little boat parts that add up. We also after 6 years figured out that the odor we get in our aft berth than we thought was the holding tank related was really from the vent outside that gets swirled into the cockpit and into a hatch, so I got a vent filter.
Entertainment expenses were for some Kindle books, movies, the vacation condo, and video rentals.
We did food restocking (you know there are stores here in the USA that have anything you would want and you don’t even have to plan around the delivery boat schedule).
The total was $ 3,423.24, which was more than the budget of $3,000, but almost all of it was our “vacation” (still was money spent). This breaks down as follows:
Food, soda, alcohol, clothing, sundries - $ 930.92
Boat upgrades, repairs, maintenance - $ 616.95
Fuel (diesel, gas, propane) - $ 121.91
Dining out - $ 918.44
Entertainment and vacation - $ 280.28
Communication, storage, shipping - $ 194.71
Bank Fees - $ 4.40
Marina - $ 192.70
Medical - $ 22.27
Transportation - $ 90.87
Grifts - $ 50
BTW - when I ask my wife how much she thinks we spend in each category she says a number a lot higher than what we really did. So I guess in her world we are WAAAAY below budget!
Don't blow air up my rear, be useful and blow it at the sails!
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