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Month 33 Expenses of Cruising and Living on the Boat
The pay back from last month’s record low cost month is, a rebound month!
Traveled from Sarasota Fl to Carrabelle FL when I I’m going to stay for a month just to have electric and air conditioning. Really the whole month was on a mooring in Sarasota except for the last 3 days that were transient across the Gulf to Carrabelle.
Did grocery, beer and supply runs as normal. There were some things like new sandals, some clothes and haircuts etc. in the month.
Due to the heat decided to get a Honda generator to be able to run the smaller air conditioner at night. Between that and all the things involved it was around $1200 of the month’s “boat” expenses. Our diesel generator heat exchanger had a leak and we got that repaired and got some spare parts for the generator that all added up to around $200. This looks to have been a waste of money as the damn generator looks to now be dead just 50 hours later. Because my expensive Seahawk bottom paint is CRAP, I put together a hookah system to be able to scrape/clean the boat bottom and this added up to around $320. The rest of “boat” related expenses were things like oil filters etc.
Got a lot of fuel this month. Out of the total of $256.89 about $185 was just to run the generator for air conditioning. When I add that to the cost of the mooring I was on all month it’s about $485 and makes looking for an inexpensive marina with electric as a better option overall.
Did a lot of “dining and drinking” out. I think the most expense was like $60 as lots of times it was to just get out of the afternoon heat. This needs to get factored into a marina cost decision as I know from past that we dine out less if in a marina for a month.
Marina was for stays on mooring ball in Sarasota FL ($303.88) and a deposit on a slip in July/August in Panama City Fl ($252.77).
Transportation was a couple of car day rentals, a week car rental, gas for the rentals and an Uber ride. One of the day car rentals was just because I needed a $5 fitting for the hookah, but that’s the way it works.
Entertainment was a couple of movie nights out, museum trips, mini golf, kindle books etc.
The total expenses were $ 5,618.07. Cost breakdown as follows for planners and hecklers:
Food, soda, alcohol, clothing, sundries - $ 1,150.90
Boat upgrades, repairs, maintenance - $ 2,299.02
Fuel (diesel, gas, propane) - $ 256.89
Dining and drinking out - $ 735.58
Entertainment - $ 239.39
Communication, storage, shipping - $ 118.43
Fees – $ -47.22
Marina - $ 556.65
Electric - $ 0
Medical - $ 5
Transportation - $ 303.43
Gifts - $ 0
Water - $ 0
Registration - $ 0
Insurance - $ 0
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