What does it cost to go cruising?
…At least, according to me 🙂
I talked a little bit about this before, but I wanted to share our final numbers (now that I’ve finally tallied them!!). I so appreciate financial transparency, and I am quite proud to share our numbers with the general public… why not, right?
These figures are based on 6 months of full-time cruising, and they include the money we spent to get to the boat in October, and back in April. We were pretty religious about tracking every single peso spent — so I would say these numbers are about 95% accurate!
I’ve included a few of the pricier items in the descriptions, so you can get a sense of what “Exterior” actually refers to! We’ll use these numbers to come up with the foundation of our budget for next winter — although we do have a few bigger-ticket items to account for (new mainsail ~ $1800; panama canal transit fees ~ $850; 3 weeks in the workyard ~ $500, etc).
Hopefully we’ll also be able to cut a few of these costs — $750 in marinas and $838 on tacos + ice cream is way more than we need, and once we actually hook up the watermaker that we’ve had all along, we won’t be at anyone’s mercy for buying water anymore!! The topic of ice vs. refrigeration is still under discussion (too many projects, too few boat-bucks) so we’ll see what happens there…
But I do promise to keep sharing our true costs — if nothing else, it keeps us tracking and monitoring!
PS – If you share my passion for spreadsheets and you really want to see the full worksheet, shoot me an email and I’d be happy to share every nitty gritty detail with you 🙂
PPS – If you want to know how we actually come up with this money, you can read about it here!