A summary of where we are, what we’re up to, and the best and worst things about this month of sailing, January 2018 to Key West.
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We ventured in to shore at Key West today to check out the sights and sounds of Mallory Square,. Every night at sunset, hundreds of people gather to watch musicians, magicians, jugglers, street buskers, food vendors, and artists, and enjoy the sunset and local food and drink. A couple of the regular entertainers include Mr. juice the Calypso Tumbler and Dominique the Cat Man. Here’s a list of some of the other Mallory Street performers.
We’ve been living aboard SV Temptress for one month now, and today we totaled up our expenses. Many people are curious about how much it costs to live this kind of life, so we thought we would share.
We estimated that we would spend less than $1,000 per month* over the course of our trip, and it looks like we are very close to that, at $1,156 for January. We knew January would be a bit more expensive month for a few reasons:
- First, we stopped in Marco Island and in Key West and stocked up on American groceries (a total of $471). Because of bad weather, we also stayed at these anchorages for longer than expected and had more grocery trips. In February, we’re likely to have minimal grocery expense. We also bought beer ($60), which is meant to last a few months.
- Secondly, the first month shakedown of the boat revealed some repairs and physical goods and furnishings (total $398) that needed to be taken care of in order to get the boat ready for the next year or more of sailing. We purchased a new tankless propane water heater ($125 out of the total) to replace the 10-year-old one that failed in 2017, some various hardware and plumbing to install a new wash-down pump, repair some cupboards, and furnish the boat.
- We spent $125 in fuel ($109 of diesel and $16 in gasoline). The gasoline expense is probably about average for any month, but we needed more diesel this month for the heating stove, which we likely won’t use for 2018, and the remaining diesel should last many months.
Here’s the detailed breakdown for the month:
*we, of course, loaded up the boat with a ton or more of preserved food and had our share of expenses in 2017 before the trip began. These are not included in our monthly living expense numbers.
Here’s our quick video update for the week, traveling from Manatee River to Marco Island. For more, check out our YouTube channel.