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FIRST BLOG ENTRY
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START OF TRIP
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(where we bought the boat)
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Happy Canada Day! And yes, Shelley and I have been on our adventure for 1 YEAR today. First I thank all of you who have followed and supported us in various ways over the last year. This has been a life changing experience in many ways. We had many ideas and fantasies on how the first year would turn out... Some of them were true but most of our experiences were in many ways, completely unexpected.... And almost 100% of the time in a very good way.
Last July 1st we left the RHYC early on a sunny morning... today the sun shone for the first time in almost a week (its rainy season here in the rain forest you know). As I said in the last blog, we have traveled over 3400 nautical miles. we have visited 6 countries and made countless new friends. From directions at a post office, to building a washroom for a school, I still pinch myself as I recall the great people in our lives... Some new some old, but VERY special...
Ok, enough of the sappy stuff. Now some hard numbers. I must preface this information by saying that we budgeted $10,000 extra in the first year to cover unforseen expenses. Our fantasy budget was to live on $1000 per month plus insurance (Last year $4600) or about $17000. Plus the 10000 = $27000.
We will be attempting to live with the same budget this year with the "unforseen" number dropping to $5,000.
So here are the hard numbers (slightly rounded off) in US Dollars:
- Maintenance/Repairs & Improvements - BOAT 6950
- Food - Groceries & Sundries 5500
- Insurance 4400
- Slip / Mooring Fees 4150
- Food/Beverage - Dining Out 4100
- Fuel (Diesel) 1900
- Entry / Exit Fees 1400
- Travel - Away 1300
- Local Transportation 1300
- Gifts 1200
- Subscriptions / Instructor/DM fees 850
- Entertainment 850
- Maintenance/Repairs & Improvements - ENGINE 650
- Comp./Phone/Internet 550
- Medical Expense 500
- Clothing 450
- Scuba Expense 400
- Dinghy Gasoline / Boat Propane 300
- Miscellaneous 250
- Grand Total $36600
Last weekend Shelley went house sitting with her friend Laura and this time she took the Nikon D3200 and the 80-300 lens. here are a few examples of her amazing work: