Yes friends, it’s time for everybody’s favorite game show, “Where did it all go?” And where the heck are they, anyway?
We spent most of March on a mooring in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. It’s a pretty nice place if you like company – LOTS of company – and if you enjoy having continuous excuses for spending money.
As planned, we dropped the mooring on the 25th (Well, one day late, but that’s as close to a plan as we get these days…) and headed west. We stopped at a number of lovely island anchorages, got hoisted up the mast to recover a broken halyard shackle, chilled briefly in Key West (City slogan: “You Can’t Afford It.”), then jumped off for the 26 hour passage to Fort Myers Beach before mostly motoring north to the Bradenton area – which is where we are now!
So with March well behind us, let’s take a peek at the events (and expenses) that kept the crew and the boat happy and mobile during our month’s travels.
Here, presented in no particular order, are some numbers that I found interesting from March, 2017 or – where so noted – since we left Rockland In August. Enjoy!
By The Way: If you want to see where we are at each stop, look us up on Farkwar. It costs nothing and won’t try to sell you anything – it just lets your know when I post a new location. Follow along!
1 – Significant equipment breakages (Main halyard shackle. I had a spare)
27 – Nights in port(mooring) in March
225- Days since leaving Rockland
4 – Days underway in March
93- Days underway since leaving Rockland
26.5 nm (nautical miles) (30.5 statute) – Average miles covered per day underway
Current Location – Manatee River, FL. (N27 31.8208/W82 37.8887)
188 nm (216 sm)- Miles covered in a straight line in March
327 nm (376 sm) – Miles actually sailed in March
1188 nm (1366 sm) – Miles from Rockland in a straight line.
2461 nm (2830 sm) Miles actually sailed/motored from Rockland
22.4 gal. – Diesel fuel purchased in March
163.4 gal – Diesel fuel purchased since leaving Rockland
*819 amp/hours – solar electricity produced in March
**$426.77 – Provisions purchased
$89.97 – Personal care. Haircuts, replace a skirt or shirt, etc.
***$40.00 – Cash/Misc.
$18.00 – Laundry ($6.00/load!)
$0.00 – Coffee/pastries purchased (There are NO good coffee shops until Sarasota)
$126.76 – Dining out.
$0.00 – Propane for cooking purchased in March
$31.12 – Propane since leaving Rockland
$0.00 – charcoal for heating the cabin (It’s been warm!!)
$20.67 – Boat parts (spare belts, filters, etc)
$65.00 – boat maintenance (Diver to clean bottom)
$321.43 – Mooring/dinghy dockage fees for March
$393.06 – Diesel purchased since leaving Rockland
* 28% increase over February!
**Includes food, toiletries, paper products, booze, etc.
***That “dark money” category. Who knows where it went?