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Month 13 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat

This past month we traveled ……………. nowhere again and are still in a slip in Brunswick GA for the hurricane season. Given a clean medical and good weather we plan to get out of here beginning of Nov.
The boat was the big expense category this month. Repaired some hatches that had broken hinges and got charts and chart plotter chips $$$$$. Replaced our master berth mattress with a 12” foam/gel unit I got off Amazon for $245 and made up the weird wedge shape at the head board with some foam that I cut out of the 6” foam mattress I removed. And even cut the old mattress and used that to replace the forward berth double mattress. Got some cushion foam replacements and got a couple of spice racks.

Didn’t dine out all the much and 1/3 of the dine out costs was something we did with the dock mates that we stayed with during hurricane Irma evacuation.

Rented a car a couple times to do doctor appointments

Communication is all in cell phone costs.

Entertainment expenses were for some Kindle books, going to a couple of movies, some sightseeing, and a month of CBS on line.

Marina cost is for a month of dockage and paid electric (broke out the costs).

The total was $3,406.21, which could have been under the $3,000 budget if we hadn’t gotten charts and travel guide for next season’s journey. Cost breakdown as follows:

Food, soda, alcohol, clothing, sundries - $ 863.31 (25%)
Boat upgrades, repairs, maintenance - $ 1,128.62 (33%)
Fuel (diesel, gas, propane) - $ 15
Dining out - $ 286.27
Entertainment - $ 126.66
Communication, storage, shipping - $ 128.36
Bank Fees – ($ 36.01) using my cash back card saves money
Marina - $ 586.17 (17%)
Electric - $ 108.79
Medical - $ 26.58
Transportation - $ 132.10
Gifts - $ 40.06

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Looks fine to me.... Except: you would have been under budget if you didn't EAT!

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The dockage expenses can go from what it is to zero when you choose...
Food costs look good.
Land transpo..is what it is.
Boat expenses will taper way down...or you'll go on a bender...
You left out strip club expenses on this month...that's good.

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Would you mind giving us some idea of how much you put into your boat directly (repairs/upgrades, not insurance/dockage) after you bought her and before you set off from home?

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Dining out - $ 286.27
I think I spent that much this weekend. Restaurants are my weakness.
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I think I spent that much this weekend. Restaurants are my weakness.
A guy at the boatyard....

He and his wife set off for more than a 3 hour tour. They planned to be sailing free and happy...maybe for forever.

5 years later, loving the life, they hit the usa, again, to start working...again.

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Would you mind giving us some idea of how much you put into your boat directly (repairs/upgrades, not insurance/dockage) after you bought her and before you set off from home?
Well owning and using my boat the 5 years before I started cruising full time I was spending around $8-12k/yr on the boat total costs not including payments. I don't have that broken down so I'll try to do by memory the big things I can remember (boat is a 2001 model and was in good condition when I got it):

- new anchor and chain plus a backup anchor - $ 1500
- windlass motor $500
- dinghy davits $1500
- Flex-O-Fold prop $2300
- solar power $1600
- new batteries $480 (since been replaced again)
- folding helm wheel $1000
- new auto pilot computer and control head $2000
- diesel generator $6500
- holding tank hoses $700
- new dinghy and outboard $2000

I didn't do a "refit", just maintained and fixed things, which really adds up in smaller cost items.

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Looks fine to me.... Except: you would have been under budget if you didn't EAT!

Just try harder


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Who says we ate? There's no category for just food
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Looks good Don, KOHF!
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Well owning and using my boat the 5 years I started cruising full time I spending around $8-12k/yr. I don't have that broken down so I'll try to do by memory the big things I can remember (boat is a 2001 model and was in good condition when I got it):

- new anchor and chain plus a backup anchor - $ 1500
- windlass motor $500
- dinghy davits $1500
- Flex-O-Fold prop $2300
- solar power $1600
- new batteries $480 (since been replaced again)
- folding helm wheel $1000
- new auto pilot computer and control head $2000
- diesel generator $6500
- holding tank hoses $700
- new dinghy and outboard $2000

I didn't do a "refit", just maintained and fixed things, which really adds up in smaller cost items.
Thanks. That kinda puts some of your present expenses in perspective.
I'm actually enjoying your monthly posts.
We had grilled lobster dinners with drinks and desert the other night in Bequia for around $150.00; the charter cook's night off. The captain got to go too, just 'cause.

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