Season Summaries

To And Around The Caribbean Season 1 – June 2011 – June 2012
This year we logged over 5000 nm sailing from Gosport, UK to Rodney Bay in St Lucia

For 30 nights we were on passage

We spent 26 nights at anchor

We berthed 134 nights in marinas but this was due to needing to leave the boat for a month in Portugal to return to the UK, plus the time before and after the ARC. We don’t expect to use marinas very much next year

We visited 25 harbours or bays in 5 countries (including Porto Santo and Gran Canaria although strictly part of Portugal and Spain)

We ate out just 5 times between June & November!

Equipment Failures – engine head gasket, duogen fuse, generator thermostat and impeller, water heater thermostat, vang bracket plus the watermaker started playing up so we changed the filters. Batteries were changed from lead acid to AGM type as they were no longer holding enough charge

Fuel – we used 1087 litres of fuel

Hours motored – 419

Caribbean Season 2 – July 2012 – June 2013
We spent 26 nights in marinas, due to having guests and helping with the ARC Finish Line

Visited 9 islands, again due to commitments we couldn’t get further north than Martinique and repeated some trips to show guests our favourite places

108 Engine hours

Sailed 1050 miles but have done more than 10K since we added our Raymarine instruments in 2009

Ate out 41 times – far too many!

Equipment Failures – watermaker pump, calorifier, heads shower/tap, cockpit shower sprayhead, dinghy floor, freezer, windlass twice, power issues, AGMs fried, masthead bulb

Caribbean Season 3 – July 2013 – July 2014
This year we:
Sailed 2315 miles
Put 243 hours on the engine and 105 on the generator
We used 1010 litres of fuel for both engine and gen
We visited 14 islands, many more than once
We spent just 15 days in a marina, for guests or maintenance only, 2 weeks ashore in the yard and the rest we were at anchor, some 336 days
8 night passages were made

We spent 9200 GBP cash and 6775 on the card for food and other items, including 76 meals out!!
We bought a new UV strip, new dinghy, dive gear and an inverter as our main purchases
8749 GBP was spent on the boat, including insurance
Visiting the UK cost us 5700 GBP

Equipment Failures:
Just the freezer, which needed re-gassing and a new regulator box

Caribbean Season 4 – August 2014 – July 2015
This year we:
Sailed 2390 nautical miles
Put 209 hours on the engine
We used 832 litres of fuel
We visited 18 countries
We spent 51 days in a marina, for guests and storage, 84 days ashore in the yard and the rest we were at anchor, some 230 days
13 night passages were made

We spent 22520 GBP and nearly 9K in the UK
2558 GBP was spent on boat insurance

Equipment Failures:
Just the water maker and generator once again!

Caribbean Season 5 – August 2015 – July 2016
This year we:
Sailed 2554 miles mostly on the OCC Rally from Curacao to Belize
Put 212 hours on the engine
We used 848 litres of fuel for both engine
We visited 7 countries as these were for longer periods
We spent 101 days in a marina, for storage whilst in the UK and on the Rally, 8 days ashore in the yard to prepare for the Rally and the rest we were at anchor or on moorings, some 256 days
7 night passages were made

We spent 14133 plus over 12K in the UK
We bought a new 12v freezer
Our boat insurance increased to 2884

Equipment Failures:
The mainsail ripped one night and the water maker, freezer and generator stopped working as usual!

5 Responses to Season Summaries

  1. Ian says:

    Been reading your blog for the last 3 years and have found it invaluable so thanks for your warts and all honest posts. This one on costs has taken my breath away though, your first years costs appeared to be much lower. Guess I’m going to have to re-evaluate !
    Please keep the blogs coming and chin up on the health issues.
    All the best

  2. Rhian says:

    Thanks for your kind words and we are glad you have found the blog useful. We will try to update the costs soon, to make it more understandable as it does look scary! The boat costs are included in the cash and card amounts, not in addition, so we will clarify.

    Don’t be put off, many cruise a lot cheaper than us!

  3. Grant says:

    Like Ian above, I often read your excellent reports – the ARC still remains on my ‘to do’ list!

    If I have read your reply to Ian correctly, I shouldn’t add the £8749 spent on the boat to the £9200 and the £6775. Setting aside the costs of coming back to the UK, would it therefore be correct to say that your total costs for the year were £9200 + £6775?

  4. Rhian says:

    Really glad to hear we still have interested blog readers. Feel free to ask any specific questions we haven’t covered and we will try to help.

    Hope you get to do the ARC and enjoy cruising the Caribbean – its a great life 🙂

  5. Rhian says:

    PS. We have added a more specific costs page which should answer your query in more detail.

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