We are detailing every penny of every purchase we make while cruising.  So after you’ve checked out the other cost page and have seen how much it cost to purchase and outfit our boat for cruising, now you can also find out how much it cost to maintain a cruising lifestyle. Our cost is broken down into eight sections.

Dockage/marina covers any time we stay at a marina, have to pay for a dock or tie up to a mooring ball, or pay to use a marina’s facilities.

Diesel is any fuel we take on our boat, in the tank or in the jerrycans we strap on deck.

Boat Maintenance includes anything related to the boat.  Spare parts we order, cleaning products, hardware, electronics, basically anything that is related to the boat itself.

Boat insurance  is  what we pay each month for full coverage on the boat, should anything happen to us.

Groceries/general covers anything we’d purchase at a grocery store.  Food, toiletries, bed sheets, anything you could pick up at a Walmart or Target.

Eating out/Entertainment is for any food or drinks not purchased at the grocery store (we love our fast food) and whatever we spend money on to entertain ourselves.  Could be movie tickets, museum tours, or whatever floats our boat. (Ok, maybe that would fall into boat maintenance)

Cell phone/Wifi:  is for any prepaid phone card we purchase, or data plans including internet and wifi.

Other is anything else we can’t fit into the categories above.  From laundry or clothing purchases to subway passes; customs fees to local trinkets; or the five bucks you hand to the homeless guy on the street, should we ever feel that generous.

January 2014

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Marina/Dockage: $0.00

Diesel: $0.00

Boat Maintenance: $56.60

Boat Insurance: $140.00

Groceries/General: $230.16

Eating Out/Entertainment: $95.34

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0

Other: $32.31

Total: $552.42

Jan 2014

February 2014

Isla Mujeres, Mexico & Florida (Key West, Miami)

Marina/Dockage: $29.00

Diesel: $20.50

Boat Maintenance: $54.57

Boat Insurance: $140.00

Groceries/General: $340.30

Eating Out/Entertainment: $176.78

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0

Other: $83.68

Total: $844.83

Feb cost '14

March 2014

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Marina/Dockage: $0.00

Diesel: $78.30

Boat Maintenance: $568.26  ($248.10 to replace water maker housing and membrane)

Boat Insurance: $140.00

Groceries/General: $734.40   ($465.25 for provisioning trip at Walmart)

Eating Out/Entertainment: $332.72

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0

Other: $289.47   ($228.58 for new android tablet to serve as charts for the Mediterranean)

Total: $2,143.15

march cost

April 2014

Florida & The Bahamas

Marina/Dockage: $5.00

Diesel: $176.96

Boat Maintenance: $218.82

Boat Insurance: $140.00

Groceries/General: $253.87

Eating Out/Entertainment: $74.96

Cell Phone/Wifi: $35.00

Other: $494.09  ($260.00 for blood work for cat, $150.00 to clear into Bahamas)

Total: $1,808.70

april cost

May 2014

The Bahamas & Miami, Florida

Marina/Dockage: $0.00

Diesel: $0.00

Boat Maintenance: $582.69   ($234.00 to repair back-up autopilot)

Boat Insurance: $0.00

Groceries/General: $258.83

Eating Out/Entertainment: $22.61

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0.00

Other: $29.55

Total: $893.68

may cost '14

June 2014

Miami, Florida; Atlantic Ocean crossing, & Bermuda

Marina/Dockage: $0.00

Diesel: $77.69

Boat Maintenance: $484.34  ($194.04 for new backstay)

Boat Insurance: $0.00

Groceries/General: $402.39

Eating Out/Entertainment: $42.50

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0.00

Other: $286.17  

Total: $1,293.09

june cost

July 2014

Bermuda & Atlantic Ocean crossing

Marina/Dockage: $0.00

Diesel: $172.00

Boat Maintenance: $0.00

Boat Insurance: $61.67

Groceries/General: $17.50

Eating Out/Entertainment: $18.93

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0.00

Other: $36.00

Total: $306.10

july cost '14

August 2014

Atlantic Ocean crossing & Horta, Azores

Marina/Dockage: $434.13

Diesel: $0.00

Boat Maintenance: $2.47

Boat Insurance: $61.67

Groceries/General: $370.82

Eating Out/Entertainment: $125.50

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0.00

Other: $121.46  (We found cheap prescriptions in Europe!  Time to stock up)

Total: $1,116.05

August cost

September 2014

Horta, Azores & Ponta Delgada, Azores

Marina/Dockage: $370.57

Diesel: $0.00

Boat Maintenance: $2.67

Boat Insurance: $61.67

Groceries/General: $292.32

Eating Out/Entertainment: $60.52

Cell Phone/Wifi: $0.00

Other: $162.35  (More prescriptions.  And clothes.)

Total: $950.10

September cost

October 2014

Maderia, Portugal & The Canary Islands

Marina/Dockage: $371.07

Diesel: $70.20

Boat Maintenance: $35.75

Boat Insurance: $61.67

Groceries/General: $339.27

Eating Out/Entertainment: $113.39

Cell Phone/Wifi: $10.00

Other: $136.89  (You can get where this is going.)

Total: $1,38.24

October cost 1

November 2014

The Canary Islands

Marina/Dockage: $90.06

Diesel: $51.30

Boat Maintenance: $0.00

Boat Insurance: $150.00

Groceries/General: $246.36

Eating Out/Entertainment: $49.94

Cell Phone/Wifi: $6.67

Other: $64.85

Total: $659.18

Nov cost 1

December 2014

The Canary Islands & Atlantic Ocean crossing

Marina/Dockage: $42.50

Diesel: $96.25

Boat Maintenance: $433.27

Boat Insurance: $150.00

Groceries/General: $350.77

Eating Out/Entertainment: $195.67

Cell Phone/Wifi: $18.34

Other: $32.40

Total: $1,319.20

Dec Cost

2014 Total

Marina/Dockage: $1,322.38

Diesel: $743.20

Boat Maintenance: $2,439.45

Boat Insurance: $1,106.67

Groceries/General: $3,859.39

Eating Out/Entertainment: $1,308.86

Cell Phone/Wifi: $70.01

Other: $1,769.23

Total: $12,619.19

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