Wrap up of our first year

The first year is now in the books, so it’s time to reflect.  As I did for the first six months, I have put together details of our travel days, expenses and a few observations.  I hope you will find these interesting/useful.

Where we have been

For various reasons set out previously, in the first six months, we had spent more time in marinas than we had anticipated.  The second half of the year proved more in line with what we had envisioned, with much of the year spent at anchor.  At first, we had thought that we would need to run the motor when we ran the watermaker, in order to keep the batteries charged, but after talking with some other cruisers, we learned that, so long as it was a sunny day, the solar panels, along with the wind generator, would be enough to keep up with the watermaker.  This was great as it meant that we didn’t have to use precious fuel in order to keep up with our water needs.  Another advantage of being at anchor is that, except in a few circumstances, you always face into the wind, so you can get a nice breeze going through the boat, thus removing the need for air conditioning.

Here is the breakdown of how we spent the first year:

First six months Second six months
Overnight travel  26   5
At anchor  62 139
Free marina/moorings  14   7
Moorings  11 4
Marinas  71 26
184 181

In the first six months – 5,161 miles, 2 countries, 14 states, 45 different anchorages/marinas.

In the second six months – 2,801 miles, 2 countries, 2 states, 57 different anchorages/marinas.

The link below shows the route of Sol Purpose since we left Kemah, TX.

Route of the first six months

The link below shows the route in the second six months:

Route of the second six months

The Bottom Line

As mentioned in my previous post, we are trying to keep our spending below $3,000 per month.  The first six months saw us way over that target, but things were much better in the second half of the year.

We did buy a complete set of sails from Mack Sails, but we had saved this money and set it aside before we left, so I have not included this expense.  The new sails, in particular the Code 0, have enabled us to sail in winds in which we previously would have had to use the motor.  Although there were the inevitable repairs, these were much more routine and less expensive than in the first six months.

We did a lot better in the eating out category!  Christmas was a bit of a blip, as was the time we spent in Georgetown, but overall, we did much better.  Of course, when you spend four months fishing for lobster, conch, and mahi-mahi, why would you need to go out to eat?  By the way, let me know if you need suggestions on how to prepare mahi-mahi – I have at least 10 recipes!

Finally, in this six month period, we sailed a lot more, which saved on fuel, and spent the vast majority of our time at anchor

Here are the details:

Category 5/12/16- 6/1/16- 7/1/16- 8/1/16- 9/1/16- 10/1/16- 11/1/16-
5/31/16 6/30/16 7/31/16 8/31/16 9/30/16 10/31/16 11/12/16
Fuel         527.96        317.19        154.65        193.81          381.50            48.91  –
Insure Boat  –  –    2,564.80  –  –  –  –
Registration  –  –  –  –  –            26.00  –
Other Boat         111.73    1,981.97            1.95        115.26          220.60          929.74          163.32
Dining         171.36        646.18        890.38        787.98          328.21          370.63          148.01
Ent. & leisure         270.51        930.64        812.30        395.57          249.09          650.64  –
Groceries         533.00        417.52        801.87        806.71          819.51          599.73          422.22
Household         101.78          83.31        256.87          90.12            97.36          560.47            92.00
Medical  –    1,057.18        701.33        713.51          721.33          691.77  –
Misc.  –        137.12          59.00          10.85  –  –  –
Travel to UK  –  –        288.09          74.52  –  –  –
Slip fees         709.30        448.90        310.00        746.24          510.00          607.95  –
Telephone         149.28          69.14          69.21          69.25            76.71            80.24               8.50
TOTAL     2,574.92    6,089.15    6,910.45    4,003.82      3,404.31      4,566.08          834.05
Category 11/13/16 – 12/1/16 – 1/1/17 – 2/1/17 – 3/1/17 – 4/1/17 – 5/1/17 –
 11/30/16  12/31/16  1/31/17  2/28/17  3/31/17  4/30/17 5/12/17
Fuel           11.24        248.64        676.24                 –            321.43            34.00          153.07
Registration                  –                 –          70.00                 –                   –                   –                   –
Other Boat         178.17        362.60        201.67            3.24            20.00                   –                   –
Charity                  –                 –        240.39                 –                   –            25.00                   –
Dining         193.90        293.25        163.19        910.55          413.21          381.00          414.57
Ent. & Leisure         190.40        920.14        212.90        396.80          290.00          385.74          348.42
Groceries         399.95        780.00    1,583.60        288.08 897.67          638.31            53.44
Household         676.49    1,534.14    1,170.01          33.48          213.78            42.30            38.50
Insurance                  –                 –        110.00                 –                   –                   –                   –
Medical         135.15                 –                 –                 –                   –                   –                   –
Immigration fees                  –                 –        300.00                 –                   –                   –                   –
Internet                  –                 –                 –                 –                   –            56.26                   –
Slip Fees                  –        719.77                 –                 –                   –                   –            85.00
Telephone           60.64          68.74          58.39          28.40            10.00                   –            66.15
TOTAL     1,845.94    4,927.28    4,786.39    1,660.55      2,166.09      1,562.61      1,159.15

 

We have stayed in so many places this year, all memorable, whether it is for the beauty, the solitude, or conversely, the camaraderie of fellow cruisers.  It hasn’t always been fun, but there has not been a day when I regret the decision we made, to quit the rat race and start travelling the world.  We now have to start planning the next adventure!

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8 thoughts on “Wrap up of our first year

      1. Joy Merritt

        The older you get the faster time flies. I miss swimming in the Gulf of Maine with you guys. Life is good. Be careful and keep the blog going when you cross the pond.

    1. solpurpose Post author

      We have had a great time on the whole. As you realize there are times if very hard work that bridge the times of enjoyment. Any plans to venture back out for you and Diane?

      Reply

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