The Cost of Cruising (aka: OMG boats are expensive!!!)

So. Here’s the deal. The first time I totalled up everything that we spent to go cruising this winter, I just about died. Then I figured I must have added a zero somewhere. Then I wondered how on earth we managed to spend more money than I thought we even had. Then I called Jon and said “omg we need to stop spending money on this boat”. Then I took a deep breath, realized that what’s done is done, and thought that at *least* we can say that we own a heck of a better boat after this winter’s long list of repairs + projects than we did last year.

With that in mind, here’s the big fat number of every dollar, cent and peso that we spent to go cruising this past winter, from December 2012 to May 2013, all in Mexico:


I know, right? It’s crazy. Last year we spent $10,351 and I thought *that* was a lot (oh the wisdom that experience brings… 😉 ). This is the breakdown of where the money went (click to see a bigger version):

Cost of Cruising 2013 - Brio


At this point I should say that not all of the money came directly from us — we got engaged and married last year (yay!) and were blessed with all sorts of generous gifts… all of which we put towards Brio 🙂

I know not everyone is into this stuff, but I *love* analyzing the numbers. Here’s what’s interesting to me:

    • We spent over $12k on the dang boat (vs $3,267 last year). $1,968 of that was a new mainsail, $2,302 was work yard fees, $1,760 was a fridge, $7,58 was new anchor chain, and $403 was an AIS… the rest was miscellaneous repairs + upgrades that we made throughout the year
    • We spent $1000 more on food this year, and $1200 more on marinas (those two are probably fairly related!)
    • Laundry, Fuel, Paperwork and Life stayed pretty similar year-to-year
    • Our costs of transportation (flights to and from Mexico, hotels on the way, buses, taxis, etc while in Mexico) went up a little — which makes sense, given where we flew home from

And that’s about all I have to say on the subject for now 🙂 Although I think maybe next year we’ll do a few little subtotals as we go along, just so we don’t have quite the same sticker shock at the end of the year…


The Cost of Cruising (aka: OMG boats are expensive!!!) — 2 Comments

  1. Haha, I am a nerd, because I always find these analytical blogs to spark a special interest in me. I am super impressed by your financial record keeping, and your boat savvy-ness. 🙂

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