One of my blogging friends, Ellen The Cynical Sailor (who keeps much better records than I do – big spreadsheets and everything!) writes one of these every month. In it, she gives a more-or-less complete breakdown of everything she spends, buys, does, etc. And while her situation is significantly different (she’s living aboard her boat in a marina in Florida, preparing to cruise again), I’ve found it quite useful over the last couple of years to see where her time and money goes. For instance, she seems to spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about chocolate-chip cookies… 🙂
But then, I spend an inordinate amount of MY time obsessing about food generally, so I probably shouldn’t point any fingers.
So here, presented in no particular order, are some numbers that I found interesting from the month of October, 2016 or – where so noted – since we left Rockland.
1 – The number of retinal detachments experienced by the crew of s/v sionna.
1 – The number of emergency surgeries experienced by the crew in order to re-attach same.
12 – The number of acts of incredible kindness of a financial nature directed toward us in the wake of our unexpected medical expenses. Thank you once again, dear friends!
Uncountable – the good wishes, loving thoughts and healing energies received. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
85 – Days since leaving Rockland
50 – Days underway since leaving Rockland
25 nm (nautical) – Average miles covered per day underway
*78.3 gal. – Diesel fuel purchased since leaving Rockland
15.9 nmpg (18.3 smpg) – Sionna’s average fuel consumption, including sailing days
**335 gal. – Water taken on since leaving Rockland.
800.7 nm (920.8 sm) – Miles from home in a straight line.
1250 nm (1438 sm) Miles actually sailed/motored
395 nm (454 sm) – Miles to Bradenton, FL (straight line).
690 nm (793 sm) – Estimated actual miles to Bradenton
11 – Days actually underway in October
***19 – Nights in port (at the dock) in October
12 – Nights at anchor (free!) in October
1 – number of I-beams dredged up with our anchor
Dozens – number of friends met (!)
$542.56 – Provisions**** purchased
$50.22 – Coffee/pastries purchased (which comes with Wifi!)
$8.37 – Propane for cooking since leaving Rockland
$21.18 – Boat parts purchased
291 amp/hours – amount of solar electricity produced aboard
*Some items aren’t tabulated by month, so I’m using trip totals instead.
**That’s over 10 weeks aboard, less the time we spent at a dock. The average American home uses that much water in ONE DAY.
***My eye issue accounts for 16 of those – we usually anchor otherwise.
****Includes food, toiletries, paper products, booz, etc.So what should we conclude from all of this data? I think it’s pretty clear:
We spend way more money feeding ourselves than we do feeding the boat!