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November – The Month in Numbers 


It’s that time again! With November behind us, we look back at the expenses – both routine and extraordinary – that taxed the resources, tickled the palette, and marked our progress through the ICW southward. Enjoy! 

Here, presented in no particular order, are some numbers that I found interesting from the month of November, 2016 or – where so noted – since we left Rockland.

1 – The number of SECOND retinal detachments experienced by the crew of s/v Sionna.

1 – the number of non-emergency surgeries experienced by the crew in order to re-attach same. This one looks more likely to succeed.

$7580.00 – The Bill for the second surgery, which I was asked to sign off on before being admitted to the hospital. 

$0.00 – The amount we are responsible for this time, because we have health insurance (albeit with a high deductible) through that nasty socialist program, the Affordable Care Act. Otherwise we’d have to sell the boat.

104 – Days since leaving Rockland

57- Days underway since leaving Rockland

17.25 nm (nautical) – Average miles covered per day underway

22.7 gal. – Diesel fuel purchased in November

101 gal – Diesel fuel purchased since leaving Rockland

*9.1 nmpg (10.5 smpg) – Sionna’s average fuel consumption in November, including sailing days

14.4 nmpg (16.7 smog) – Sionna’s average fuel consumption since leaving Rockland

885.5 nm (1017.8 sm) – Miles from Rockland in a straight line.

1457 nm (1675 sm) Miles actually sailed/motored from Rockland

316 nm (363 sm) – Miles to Bradenton, FL (straight line).

530nm (610 sm) – Estimated actual miles to Bradenton

85.2nm (98 sm)- Miles covered in a straight line in November

207 nm (238 sm) – Miles actually sailed in November

12 – Days actually underway in November

**16 – Nights in port (at the dock) in November

14 – Nights at anchor (free!) in November

$330 – Provisions*** purchased

$87.57 – Alcohol purchased (how embarrassing…)

$37.00 – Coffee/pastries purchased (which comes with Wifi!)

$15.91 – Propane for cooking since leaving Rockland

$24.18 – charcoal for heating the cabin

$60.01 – Boat parts/tools purchased

$175 – Diver to fix prop vibration

341amp/hours @ 12 volts (4092 watt/hrs) – amount of solar electricity produced in November
*Note that this is half the miles-per-gallon we reported for the trip as a whole last month. That’s because we motor almost constantly now.

**My eye issue accounts for 16 of those – we usually anchor otherwise.

***Includes food, toiletries, paper products, etc. but not booze


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, we’re back on the boat, with plans to visit the Bahamas later in the winter. Follow our blog here, and follow our progress in map form by joining www.Farkwar.com!

3 thoughts on “November – The Month in Numbers 

  1. It’s insane how much medical care, like your operation cost. I’m curious and rather fearful about what Trump’s repeal and replace plan is going to look like. I’m not thrilled with our coverage under the ACA – the premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket costs are insane – but at least there is a cap on what you have to shell out each year for medical care.


  2. Wow, very glad every month isn’t going to be like this one! Here’s to a well healed eye!


  3. At least now you can count dolphins and manatees! Much love to you both! Easier days are coming!


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