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October – The Month in Numbers


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… 🙂

The All-You-Can-Eat oyster roast in Georgetown, SC. Yum!

Lunch is served, Sionna-style.


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.

South Carolina “Cluster” oysters. Wicked good!

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!

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

7 thoughts on “October – The Month in Numbers

  1. This is brilliant! And by the way, I’m eating a chocolate chip cookie while reading this 🙂

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  2. Is Nicki spending enough on sunblock?

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  3. This is my favorite stat of yours – “$50.22 – Coffee/pastries purchased (which comes with Wifi!)”

    I’m not sure where I’d put that on my expenses spreadsheet – does it get categorized as eating our or as communications 🙂

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  4. I actually keep track of Coffee Out” separately, because I was nervous about how much we might be spending on it. Turns out it wasn’t that bad generally. Booze, on the other hand… We love to meet new people so naturally when we do, we open a wine, and then, you know. So being social and curious is expensive!


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