The Trip Stats

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)
6.5 6.6
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)
23 19
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)
653 679

 

IN THE BAHAMAS:

Total Days 95
Traveling Days 23
Nautical Miles 586
(includes Gulf Stream crossing)
Travel Hours 88
Average Travel Hours per Day 3.8
Shortest Travel Day .4 hour
Little Harbor to Lynyard Cay
Longest Travel Day 17 hours
On Anchor 12
On Mooring 83
Days at a Dock 0
Gallons of Diesel Fuel Purchased 100

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