Now that Journey is safely tied up in her new slip, we figured it was an appropriate time to take a look back at the last 8 months and quantitatively summarize our trip from the Chesapeake Bay to Conception Island, Bahamas and back. Here are the numbers in no particular order:
Cruise length: 249 days
Lowest latitude: Thompson Bay, Long Island, Bahamas: 23° 20″ 11′
Cruise distance: 3,220 nautical miles – 2,120 inland & 1,100 off-shore (including Great Bahama Bank)
Number of stops: 107 – most were different but there were some repeats
Travel time: 680 hours – 524 engine hours motoring/ motor-sailing & 156 sail only (mostly Bahamas). We only put 72 hours on the engine in the 3-1/2 months and 880 miles we traveled through the Bahamas
Nights spent at anchor: 151 nights (61%) – dropped the hook 79 times!
Nights spent at free docks: 9 nights (4%) – Thanks North Carolina!
Nights spent at moorings: 52 nights (21%) – 32 of these were in Vero Beach getting ready for the Bahamas
Nights spent at marinas: 36 nights (14%) – 24 of these were on the way down mostly for showers (it was COLD!), provisioning, & we got stuck there because of weather
Fuel consumption: 245 gallons of diesel, thankfully mostly at US prices!
Maintenance: 5 oil & filter changes, 2 zinc anode replacements, 3 bottom/ propeller cleanings (1 by a diver), 1 raw water pump replacement
Cat overboard mishaps: 1 – what a day that was!
Number of times aground: ZERO! We had one little bump in North Lake Worth while looking for a spot to anchor but it was so minor it didn’t even slow us down.
Longest passage: Port Canaveral, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL – 170 nautical miles, 30.4 hours
Number of hurricanes avoided: 1 – Category 2 Hurricane Arthur July 3-4, 2014
Any other numbers interest you? Let us know and we’ll try to calculate them for ya (please don’t ask us about # of bottles of rum consumed, our calculator cannot count that high!)