The Cost of Cruising

Money, money, mon-eyyy!  Everyone wonders how much it really costs to go cruising.  We know, because we wondered ourselves, and we found it difficult to come up with an accurate estimate while planning our voyage.  Although there are a handful of folks out there who post their expenses, not everyone enjoys such public scrutiny of their financials.

Since we ourselves had hoped for more real time, Mexico specific data, we decided early on that we would make our expenditures public when the time came.  Gulp.  (Luckily beer and tequila are cheap down here or this could get downright embarrassing!)  So here’s how we spend our hard-earned savings:

We’ve split the spreadsheets into two categories: Ongoing Monthly Expenses, and One Time Costs.  These first few months have been very expensive, but most of the big expenses were early on.

NOTE: Click on the month headers to see a more detailed breakdown of our costs that month.

Monthly Expenses
 July 2012  August 2012 Sept 2012 Oct 2012 Nov 2012 Dec 2012 Jan 2012 Feb 2012 Monthly Averages  Total 
Food & Alcohol
Alcohol $125 $77 $77  $35  $65  $33  $72  $38 $65 $522
Bar $37 $10 $6  $38  $15  $18  $4  $9 $17 $138
Groceries $379 $356 $366  $566  $305  $102  $398  $114 $323 $2583
Dining Out $67 $51 $22  $81  $47  $59  $39  $31 $50 $396
Wate $11 $2 $2  $4  $5  $6  $6  $2 $5 $37
Boat Related
Consumables $127 $137 $96  $0  $59  $0  $0  $0 $43 $346
Engine Fuel $0 $15 $5  $47  $54  $0  $20  $0 $17 $137
Cook Fuel $0 $8 $3  $0  $5  $12  $0  $0 $5 $36
Everything Else
Rent/Marina $430 $530 $539  $27  $81  $0  $81  $405 $262 $2093
Clothing $62 $13 $0  $10  $0  $19  $0  $0 $13 $104
Internet $20 $38 $38  $19  $12  $10  $0  $29 $21 $168
Sporting Goods $130 $0 $0  $56  $0  $0  $0  $0 $37 $186
Gas (Auto) $42 $44 $42  $88  $0  $0  $0  $26 $30 $243
Misc $25 $89 $38  $74  $8  $69  $66  $28 $45 $360
Totals $1,455 $1,370 $1,113 $1,063 $651 $329 $687 $682 $919 $7,348

 

One Time Expenses (we hope)
 Total 
Boat Refit Costs
Hardware $1,758
Dinghy & Outboard  $186
Chainplates $615
Consumables $653
Services $2,925
Standing Rigging $1,240
Galley $24
Everything Else
Temporary Import Permit $65
Health Insurance (due annually) $1250
 Totals $8,716

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