'Til the butter melts

Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

February – The Month in Numbers


I’m late, but it’s time once again to look back at the prior month and ask – Again – “Where did it all go?”
We’re finally on a mooring in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. The weather continues to moderate as spring happens around us, and temperatures have responded dipping to around 70 at night, low-mid 80’s in the daytime. Our time in Marathon is winding down, and on March 24th our rental of the mooring will run out, pushing us back into cruising mode. I hope. We’ve been sitting still a long time, and poor Sionna’s bottom is becoming a vegetable garden!

So with February well behind us, we take a peek at the events (and expenses) that kept the crew and the boat happy during our month’s travels.
Here, presented in no particular order, are some numbers that I found interesting from the month of February, 2017 or – where so noted – since we left Rockland In August. Enjoy!

28 – Nights in port(anchor) in Febuary

194 – Days since leaving Rockland

89 – Days underway since leaving Rockland (no change from January)

0 – Days underway in February

24 nm (nautical miles) (27.6 statute) – Average miles covered per day underway
1303 nm (1498 sm) – Miles from Rockland in a straight line.

0 nm (0 sm)- Miles covered in a straight line in Febuary

2134 nm (2454 sm) Miles actually sailed/motored from Rockland

0 nm (0 sm) – Miles actually sailed in February
0 gal. – Diesel fuel purchased in February (we’ve yet to refill the tank we emptied in January)

141 gal – Diesel fuel purchased since leaving Rockland

*637 amp/hours – amount of solar electricity produced in February
**$366.98 – Provisions purchased

***$80 – Cash/Misc.

$33.00 – Laundry (the most expensive wash and dry we’ve seen yet.)

$0.00 – Coffee/pastries purchased (There are NO good coffee shops here!)

$94.67 – Dining out. Trying to cut expenses…

$15.21 – Propane for cooking purchased in February

$31.12 – Propane since leaving Rockland

$0.00 – charcoal for heating the cabin (It’s been warm!!)

$0.00 – Boat parts purchased in February

$20.00 – boat maintenance (Diver to inspect a thru-hull)

$424.19 – Mooring/dinghy dockage fees for February

$325.77 – Diesel purchased since leaving Rockland

* Nearly 2.5x our January production. Spring is coming!

**Includes food, toiletries, paper products, booze, etc. 

***A very dangerous “dark money” category. Who knows where it went?

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 “February – The Month in Numbers

  1. “$20.00 – boat maintenance (Diver to inspect a thru-hull)”

    Now THAT’S different from Maine! Isn’t it? Do they bill in 12-ninute increments down there?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Actually, the divers spent a half hour on our boat and insisted there was no charge. We insisted on tipping them $20. I gather they were hoping we’d eventually need a bottom cleaning and come back to them…. they were right! Obsessive Compulsive Divers (OCD) have a Maine phone number.


    • In this case no, as Nicki explained. But a bottom cleaning is $2.00/foot. In boats, most everything starts “by-the-foot” and goes up exponentially from there!


  2. If I average the amount you’ve spend on fuel and then factor in the fact that you spent a lot of time at the marina, I could live with those numbers with little stress.

    Liked by 1 person

    • It’s proven to be tighter than we wish for us, but that’s largely because of the unexpected medical expenses. If it hadn’t been for the collection that my music-friends took up for us, back in Maine, we’d have been ashore instead of afloat.


  3. I love the idea of a dark money category 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s