Posted on April 4, 2018
Cost to Cruise: March, 2018
*Remember, Milou is for sale; read about it here.*
Boilerplate disclaimer: this is not what it will cost you to go cruising.
People’s constant advice, discussing cruising finances, always seems to be: It’ll cost what you have. We did not find this helpful in our planning, however true it may be. What we’re trying to show is the cost to us, more or less, for one month to go cruising. We’re going for monthly expenses, because they’re easier for us to track; so you won’t see the boat insurance amortized, you’ll just see that expense when we pay it. It won’t be what you’ll spend, but it was the kind of information that helped us out when we were trying to wrap our heads around that magical number for our cruising kitty.
Last birthday celebrated on the boat, last month traveling below the Tropic of Cancer; we’ve started clocking expenses for our return to land, although you’ll not find them here.
Boat numbers for March:
Fuel: $137.37, diesel; $19.02, gas for the dinghy
Ice Cream: $37.68
Boat Parts: $34.13
Grand Total: $2371.67
All in all, could have been worse. A few notes:
- Yeah, we’ve been slackin’ it in the marinas. Palmira isn’t the cheapest.
- Ice cream is almost keeping pace with booze. Almost.
- “Education” here encompasses a visit to the whale museum, a book, and our travel permits for Espiritu Santo.
- Why yes, we have been paying a lot for water. Still cheaper than a watermaker, though, and a lot easier to maintain.
- We did a lot of laundry at our friends’ rental. Marina Palmira also has pretty nice coin-op laundry facilities, which we haven’t seen since Port Antonio, Jamaica.
- “Communications” kind of blew up this month, right? We’ve still found it important to maintain our sat phone; we’ve been in places in Baja with no cell service, and have been pretty happy to get the weather (even though it hasn’t always been exactly spot-on). A bigger expense, though, was a renewal on our blog hosting—three more years that these travels will be available for all takers. Hopefully, our investment in time, bandwidth and web hosting have inspired a few more people to do some extraordinary travel; at the very least, its made the grandparents feel better!