Baby Blue’s Outfitting Expenses

It’s a little late, but after getting a lot of questions about how much it cost us to go cruising, we decided we should share our initial outfitting costs along with our monthly expenses. Some of these prices are estimates and I’m sure we’re forgetting a few things, but it should be pretty accurate. We’d never taken the time to tally everything up, so it was a little shocking for us to see the total at the bottom.

Outfitting Expenses
Ground Tackle
33lb Rocna Anchor
$300
50 feet of chain
$250
300 feet 5/8 nylon rode (used)
$80
Sails and Canvas
Second reef point added to main sail
$210
Lee cloth and miscellaneous covers
$90
Mast ladder materials
$35
Electrical
12 volt inverter
$60
LED interior bulbs
$150
15w Solar panel
$120
Solar charge controller
$20
Plumbing
Whale gusher overboard black water pump
$150
10ft 1.5” sanitation hose
$60
Whale Gusher manual fresh water pump
$125
Fresh water faucets (2)
$70
15 gallon flexible fresh water tank
$75
Fresh water lines
$20
Running Rigging
Replacement topping lift line and blocks
$200
Self-steering
Used Monitor wind-vane
$3,000
Steering control lines and blocks
$100
Custom stainless steel tubing
$235
Safety Equipment
4 person life raft
$1,900
Delorme GPS tracker & emergency beacon
$350
Life jacket (2)
$200
Handheld VHF Radio – ICOM ICM24
$125
Tender
Used fiberglass sailing dinghy
$700
7ft oars and oarlocks
$100
Dinghy Anchor
$30
Charts and Guides
Garmin Electronic Charts (2) US & Caribbean
$200
Bahamas Explorer Charts (2)
$120
Guidebooks (3) *Others we found free
$180
How-To and Repair Manuals
$110
Miscellaneous
World Band Radio Receiver
$135
Coastguard Re-Documentation & Renewal
$400
FCC License
$215
US Customs Decals
$55
Pre-purchase survey
$675
Haul-out for survey inspection
$300
Fuel and water jerry cans (5)
$150
Yanmar 3YM30 Spares
$250
Clothing
Foulweather jacket, bib, boots (2)
$800
Total Outfitting Expenses
$12,345