After spending almost three months in the Bahamas, we have learned that we did not provision well enough for certain things. For instance, we did not buy any sugar or flour before we left the States – big mistake! We have learned our lesson after having spent almost $7 for a small bag of hot dog rolls. So, we have needed to spend more money than anticipated in order to properly provision for the cooking that we have been doing. But the good news is I have actually learned how to bake bread, rolls, and pizza dough (anyone who knows me knows that I am not Ms. Suzy Homemaker – so this is a big deal for me!).
Also, we have had some success hunting. We have gotten our fair share of conch and have made ceviche and cracked conch on several occasions. We have also feasted on mutton snapper. Unfortunately, we have had some epic fails as well: reeled in a large mahimahi and a bigeye tuna only to lose them trying to get them onto the boat, caught barracudas, and, lastly, we caught a puffer fish (which makes for great sushi if you know how to maneuver around their poisonous spines). Needless to say, we have not saved as much $ by catching our dinner as we were hoping.
Lastly, included in our communication category is our Verizon plan that we continue to pay a monthly charge on (we anticipate we will be using our phones again in the USVI – if that is not the case then we will terminate our contracts and pay the early termination fees at that time). In the Bahamas, we bought two SIM cards – one for our unlocked old-school phone (calls only) and the other for our MiFi devise (data).
February 2016 TOTAL $ 1,851.99
The first month we visited Bimini, Fraziers Hog Cay (Berry Islands), Nassau, Eleuthera (various ports), and the northern portion of the Exumas Islands. Those costs break-down as follows:
$ 356.07 MARINAS
$ 314.82 COMMUNICATION
$ 269.79 GROCERIES
$ 241.85 ENTERTAINMENT (eating out and alcohol)
$ 211.19 BOAT PARTS & OTHER
$ 196.85 FUEL (Diesel & Gasoline)
$ 150.00 BAHAMAS ENTRY FEE – I HIGHLY recommend immigrating through Bimini
$ 40.05 WATER
$ 24.95 TIPS, CHARITABLE DONATIONS, TRASH FEES
$ 20.42 CREDIT CARD FEES (charged by some local stores)
$ 14.00 PROPANE
$ 12.00 LAUNDRY
March 2016 TOTAL $ 3,149.20* (I Know right – Holy Crap! – see Extraordinary items)
In month two we continued down the Exumas Islands. Those costs break-down as follows:
$1,630.70* BOAT PARTS & OTHER
$ 532.95 GROCERIES
$ 337.25 ENTERTAINMENT (eating out and alcohol)
$ 261.00 COMMUNICATION
$ 231.72 FUEL (Diesel & Gasoline)
$ 56.08 WATER
$ 52.50 LAUNDRY
$ 25.00 TIPS, CHARITABLE DONATIONS, TRASH FEES
$ 22.00 PROPANE
* Extraordinary Costs:
- $ 350 Generator that we bought from our new cruising friends on sv Wrightaway
- $1,280 Various boat-related items including a Radio (music) & remote – our current one has decided to work when it feels like it, and a new Alternator, USCG documentation renewal, and US Decal (required in order to re-enter the USA), Fishing gear, etc.