Aug 27, 2017

Two weeks before departing on the great loop

Here is a video covering what we are up to.

Two weeks prior to departing on the inland river portion of the great loop!

Aug 22, 2017

Thinking About Money

I'm starting to worry about money, which you can probably tell based on this being my second financially related blog post in five days. We're not in a dire situation at the moment, but I'm trying to be proactive and figure things about before the well runs dry. I started a managed wordpress hosting business called It has potential but still needs some work before it will generate income.

I also signed up for a service called Patreon ( which helps bloggers get paid for their content. Without Patreon I'd have a hard time justifying the time I spend creating blog posts and videos. Time I could otherwise spend working on Regardless of Patreon, I'd still create blogs and videos. It's something I enjoy doing. But I don't think I would make it as high of a priority.

To be clear, this post isn't about plugging my two potential sources of income. I simply wanted to be transparent about what I'm thinking and feeling right now as we are less than two weeks away from departure. I also wanted to be clear about the ways I'm hoping to make money to pay for this little adventure.

We have also rented out our house, but 100% of that money will go towards property expenses, health insurance, and our emergency fund. We have not yet started receiving rental income.

At this point we have enough cash to last 4 or 5 months based on the following budget:

Food: $150/week
Based on our transaction history, we spend about $513 a month on groceries or about $128 per week. I'm budgeting $150 because I want to be a little on the high side. Better to plan for the worst case scenario and come out ahead. I figured out past spending habits using A totally awesome service for budgeting that I highly recommended!

Fuel: $50/week
We have 2, 25-gallon fuel tanks. We burn about a half a gallon per hour, which means we can travel for 50 hours per tank. If we only run one engine at a time, which we usually do, then we can stretch the fuel to about 100 hours. We plan to travel about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. This means we can go about a month before needing to refuel. I'm assuming fuel will cost around $3 per gallon or $150 to fill both tanks. The marina we are at right now is charging $2.52 per gallon, so I feel my assumptions here are on the safe side.

Fun: $100/week
This is a total guess. I don't know how much we will spend per week on sight seeing, but we've taken a number of sailing trips with no budget for fun and it sucks. It's like going to an amusement park and not being able to go on any of the rides.

Repairs and Upkeep: $25/week
I'm probably way under budget on repairs, but it's better than nothing for now.

Dockage: $50/week
We anchor most of the time, but there may instances when there isn't an anchorage isn't available (rare) or when we just need a dock for some reason. I figured it would be better to have it in the budget.

Saving: $0/week
At this point, we are not saving any money for retirement. Scary!

Total: $375/week, $1,500/month

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to check out where every month I'll be posting details on our actual income and expenses once we get underway.

Aug 18, 2017

THANK YOU to our first patrons!

Shout outs to Katie, Mike, and Trey. Our newest, first, most coolest Patrons. 
We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Aug 17, 2017

Cruising Income And Expenses?

I'm toying around with the idea of posting our income, expenses, and the balance of our cruising account. Almost everyone asks how we can afford to go cruising. People often wonder how much it really costs.

So, please forgive me while I experiment with format and presentation. If there is something specific you would like to know or see, if there is a certain way you think I should present this information, please email me at

You can view the July Income and Expense report here:

Here are some notes from the report:

Moving out of the house and getting the boat ready to go has been costly. Not in the sense that we spent a lot of money, but in the sense that I really had to focus on packing, moving, and boat work instead of income generating tasks. As a result, I've lost momentum, and lost out on money I could have earned. 

At this point, I'm starting to think about finances again, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about it. Starting our patreon account is a direct result of that worry. 

We have plenty of money at the moment, but I know we will burn through it quickly without any money coming in and I don't want us to end up in a desperate situation. 

I know it's going to cost about $2,000 to have the mast stepped (taken down) in Chicago, Shipped on a truck, then re-stepped (put back up) when we arrive in Mobile, Alabama.

We have not yet started receiving income from renting out our house. Unfortunately all of that money will have to be saved and put towards:

  • Income tax on rental income
  • Income tax on other income that I know will be taxed but didn't save for
  • House maintenance & repairs
  • Health Insurance

A Bell of a good time!

We went sailing with the Bell family earlier this week. We ended up dropping the sails in the middle of the lake so we could all go swimming. Here's a quick video and a few pictures:

In other news, we are 100% moved out of the house. It feels SO GOOD to have that monumental task completed. A renter has signed a 12-month lease, so if we back out now, we are officially homeless and will need to find somewhere else to live.