Here are some numbers for our 2012 Bahamas trip on FLUKE. This was our longest Bahamas trip yet in both days and miles.
The fuel usage numbers include the hours running the generator, primarily to recharge the batteries, but sometimes for cooking or laundry. This trip had a lot of rainy days that hurt the effectivity of the solar panels, but when the sun was out it was high in the sky and the panels cranked out a lot of amps. It was our most efficient Bahamas trip. The MPG numbers would be higher without the generator.
One thing I thought interesting was to compare this trip with 2011 trip to Canada. In the Bahamas we tend to spend more time at each stop. In 2011 we averaged 24.7 miles per day and this year we averaged 17 miles per day.
As usual, we did not spend any nights at the dock in the Bahamas. We did spend many more nights on moorings due to the weather that caused us to divert to Stuart and to stay at Hope Town twice. Moorings in the Bahamas were $20 per night.
2012 Bahamas Trip Statistics
|Dates||April 27 to July 20|
|Days||85 (73 anchor, 11 mooring)|
|Nautical Miles||1255 (1443 Statute Miles)|
|Nautical MPG||2.16 (2.49 MPG)|
|Generator Hours||78.3 (about 55 min/day)|
Sep 18, 2012
We have been waiting since we got back from the Bahamas to get the boat hauled out of the water for hurricane season. The storage yards in Ft Pierce are both packed, but we finally got hauled out at Riverside Marina and Boatworks in Ft Pierce, where we were 2 years ago. Glad to have that out of the way even though the hurricane season is half over and seems to have slowed down, but it only takes one.
We have a long list of mostly minor things to do on FLUKE while she is out.