Category of Spending Aug 1, 2011 to Aug 1, 2012 Aug 1, 2012 to Aug 1, 2013
     
Boat Maintenance and Equipment Items -see detail for 2011 to 2012 $ 23,345 $ 16,656
Groceries (no alcohol in this cost) $ 8,750 $ 8,623
Boat Insurance $ 3,522 $ 3,180
Dog Medicine and Vet bills $ 3,060 $ 2,063
Diesel fuel for boat and gas for dinghy $ 2,915 $ 3,691
Dining out $ 1,975 $ 2,363
Miscellaneous home supplies $ 1,400 $ 1,662
Clothing $ 1,000 $ 464
School supplies for 7th and 8th grade $ 950 $ 20
Pet food $ 843 $ 685
Gifts to others $ 700 $ 378
Charts and Cruising guides $ 696 $ 1,520
Cell phone $ 642 $ 263
Books and magazines $ 500 $ 146
Moorings and Dock $ 500 $ 675
Leisure activities, museums, park fees $ 400 $ 120
Foreign Country fees $ 320 $ 698
Rental cars, taxis and busses $ 290 $ 315
Laundry $ 278 $ 92 - see notes on this year
Internet $ 201 $ 291
Computer supplies $ 200 $ 0
Toys and Games $ 152 $ 100
Propane $ 130 $ 105
Pump out of holding tanks (sewage) $ 120 $ 10
Movie Rentals $ 100 $ 0
Healthcare* - doctors and medicines (we have no health insurance)* $ 98 $ 533
Shipping $ 89 $ 106
Other phone and fax $ 45 $ 206
     
Total for one year $ 53,221 $ 44,965
Cost per day $ 146 $ 124
     
     
       
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What does it cost to cruise? Inspired by other cruisers who list their costs - and this being one question everyone wants to know but is afraid to ask - we have decided to let you all know exactly what this costs.

 

 In case you would like to check out some other cruisers who post costs - here are some:

Del Viento

Escape Velocity

Sail Far Live Free.com

Day Dreamer               

The Sailing Podcast

  We had put some money prepping the boat before we left.  We spent about $30,000 on the boat to get it "ready" to go.  Lots of engine work, new hoses and solar panels, new pumps, charts, cruising guides, anchors, bottom paint, and miscellaneous.  Remember our boat had been "stripped" by the previous owner, with not a spare line or shackle to be found.  Also, virtually no maintenance had been done on it for a couple of years.  We bought the boat under value - it was valued at $155,000 and we paid $139,800, so we knew we would have to put some money into it.    The $30,000 also includes the cost to insure it, move it from Charleston to Connecticut, and to store it in the water, and on land for over a year.  

 

Detail for 2011 to 2012
Breakout of Boat maintenance and equipment expenditures - just so you can see what some of the big ticket items were.
 
   
 New Watermaker  $ 5,159
High power alternator and accesories $ 2,400
Bottom Paint and some other misc $ 1,700
Repair boom and boom vang $ 1,100
Hired engine repair $ 1,000
New props $ 824
Repair of headsail, halyard and sheaves from storm $ 650
Repair navigation instruments $ 645
Split zinc holder and spare zincs for new props $ 469
Kayak $ 440
New air conditioning pump $ 404
Instrument repair after lightning strike $ 390
Spare and replace pumps $ 389
   
   
*It should be noted that before we quit our jobs, we visited doctors and dentists and took care of any health needs before departing.  
   

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  August 1, 2011 to August 1, 2012.  We sailed from Connecticut, to Rhode Island, and then down the East Coast, mostly on the ICW to Florida, then out to the Bahamas and back to Connecticut.  Both dogs were with us at this time.  
   
August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013 - We sailed from Rhode Island down the east coast to Florida, then to the Bahamas and on through the Caribbean Islands ending up in Grenada  

 

 

Detail for 2012 to 2013
Breakout of Boat maintenance and equipment expenditures
 
   
New gearbox for main winch and shipping $ 1809
New linear drive for autopilot and shipping $ 1751
Engine muffler, rear seals, oil filters, water pump, spares and shipping $ 1500
250' of 5/16 chain $ 1021
New starter for engine $ 780
Haul boat and repaint bottom $ 768
New EPIRB $ 700
New camber spar and shipping $ 665
Dive tanks and hoses $ 367
   
* We bought a small washing machine from Walmart for $200 this year, so laundry costs are down, now that we do laundry on the boat.  
B.O.A.T. - Break Out Another Thousand