2011 Season Summary, 14th December 2011
Rounding Cape Finisterre.
Again this year we have been asked if we have been keeping a tally of our liveaboard lifestyle costs so here, in no particular order, are some facts & figures (last year's in brackets) covering the period 19th April (18th May) to 19th October (6th October) that some of our readers may find interesting and/or useful:
Distance travelled: 1288 NM. (967)
Hours logged: 265 hours. (204)
Average speed: 4.86 Knots. (4.73)
Highest speed: Not recorded. (11.8 Knots)
Ratio of sailing : motor-sailing : motoring - 127 (69) : 43 (51) : 95 (84) (48% (34%) : 16% (25%) : 36% (41%)) A welcome increase in sailing compared with last year.
Volvo MD 2030 Engine hours: 161.1 hours. (143.7)
Diesel burnt: 260.0 litres. (237.1)
Average diesel consumption: 1.61 litres/hour. (1.65)
Engine oil consumption: 0 ml (800 ml, i.e. 0.37% of diesel burnt, well within tolerance (< 0.75%)).
Average berthing cost: €22.00 (€23.30) per night.
Number of nights at anchor / free buoys: 62 (7). A useful improvement on last year.
Cost per night (accounting for anchoring): €14.91. (€22.10)
Favourite passages - difficult to pick them, but perhaps these:
- 3rd place - crossing Biscay (just because we have)
- 2nd place - gentle sail in idyllic conditions in Ria de Arousa
- 1st place - Combarro, Ria de Pontevedra to Moana, Ria de Vigo (perfect sailing conditions)
Favourite places - even harder, but maybe these:
- 3rd place - Ile d'Yeu (a taste of Greece in France, with hints of the Cornish coast for good measure - excellent cycling too!)
- 2nd place - Lagos (an ideal over-wintering venue, all the facilities we need, a lively liveaboard social life & the stunning Algarve coast on our doorstep)
- 1st place - The Spanish Rias (any and all of them, think Scotland with more sunshine - beautiful)
- 3rd place - Lagos Marina (slightly tired but clean, excellent pressure and adjustable temperature with plenty of heat)
- 2nd place - Parque das Nacoes Marina (in a building on the pontoon, clean, excellent pressure and adjustable temperature with plenty of heat)
- 1st place - La Coruna Marina (new, clean, excellent pressure and adjustable temperature with plenty of heat)
Typical shower cost: €0. (€2)
Typical laundry costs: washing machine €3 (€6), dryer €2 (€2), the latter not needed much this year, and both rarely available in Spanish marinas or towns.
Typical gas cost: €14 (€23) for Camping Gaz, readily available nearly everywhere we've been so far. This lasts us about 3-4 weeks.
Average food/drink/domestic costs: difficult to be precise, as the concept of weekly shopping doesn't really exist when living aboard, but about €120 a week covers the cost of most things, and we do eat and drink very well. We still eat out from time to time, more so this year than last as Spain and Portugal are cheaper than France.