The Trip Stats

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I keep a handwritten log book of my own design and a spreadsheet to record the data of each day’s journey whenever the boat moves. Nothing terribly nautical or technical. The handwritten log includes date, departure time and arrival time, port to port, weather conditions, nautical miles, speed, and a section for notes. The spreadsheet version has each travel date, departure port and arrival port, travel hours, nautical miles, the ICW mile (if applicable), amount of fuel purchased (if we needed it), and whether we anchored, took a mooring or a dock, plus a short note. Between both of these, I have a pretty good idea of our travel data.

Below is a table that summarizes that information for our 2015-2016 cruise to the Bahamas and back. The statistics in the first column include the entire trip. Below the Southbound/Northbound table is a smaller table for just the time in the Bahamas.

UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST:

Sept 13, 2015 –
May 11, 201

SOUTHBOUND TRIP:
Groton, CT to Stuart, FL

NORTHBOUND TRIP:
Ft. Pierce, FL to Groton, CT

Total days
(242 days)

80
(includes 10 days visiting family)

67
(includes 12 days visiting family)

Traveling days
(83 days)

31

29

Nautical miles
(3262 nm))

1345

1331

Travel Hours
(482 hours)

202

192

Average Travel Hours per Day
(5.8 hours)
6.56.6
Shortest
Travel Days
  • 1 hour (Charleston anchorage to Charleston Maritime Center)
  • Two 2-hour days
  • 2 hours (Portsmouth, VA to Hampton, VA)
  • Two 2.5-hour days

Longest
Travel Days

22 hours
(Savannah to St. Augustine)
9 days were 8 hours or longer

12 hours
(Atlantic City, NJ to Sea Gate, NYC)
7 days were 8 hours or longer

Offshore

3 days
(81, 70, and 143 nautical miles)

1 day
(83 nautical miles)

On Anchor
(53 nights)
2319
On Mooring
(128 nights)

20
(2 free)

25
(2 free)

At a Dock
(59 nights)

37
(14 paid and 23 free)

22
(15 paid and 7 free)

Gallons of
Diesel Fuel Purchased
(1432 gallons)
653679

IN THE BAHAMAS:

Total Days95
Traveling Days23
Nautical Miles586
(includes Gulf Stream crossing)
Travel Hours88
Average Travel Hours per Day3.8
Shortest Travel Day.4 hour
Little Harbor to Lynyard Cay
Longest Travel Day17 hours
On Anchor12
On Mooring83
Days at a Dock0
Gallons of Diesel Fuel Purchased100

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