The trip recap in numbers.
S/V Serenity and crew
Boat size: 36 feet long, 18.5 feet wide, 3 foot draft (depth in water)
Boat type: PDQ 36
Number that started the trip: 5 (Jim, Jan, AJ, Lucky the dog and Sid the cat).
Number that finished the trip: 4 (Sid decided to stay in the Bahamas)
Total Number of days: 380
Total Nautical Miles: 5523.44
Total Statute Miles: 6356.26
Moving hours: 1,098.9
Moving Days: 45.75
Total hours on the engines: 2226.9
Total hours under engine power: 1113.5
Average speed (nm): 5.02
Average speed (sm)1: 5.78
Number of hours under sail (no engines): 82
Number of gallons of gas for trip: 984.472 (this includes dinghy fuel).
Cost for fuel: $3,693.60
MPG (Nautical miles): 5.6
MPG (Statute miles): 6.5
Gallons per hour2: .88
Longest day (miles): 148.7nm, St Georges Island to Tarpon Springs, FL
Shortest day (miles): 1.2nm, Ft. Meyer Mooring field to Pink Shell marina (to fix generator)
Longest day (time): 23 hours, 50 minutes, St. Georges Island to Tarpon Springs FL.
Lowest average speed day: 2.5 knots on 10/5/17 while going up Ohio River to Paducah, KY
Highest average speed over a day: 9.1 knots on 10/1/17-10/3/17 while heading down the Mississippi River
Longest duration of Lucky’s bladder (time between poddy stops): 36 hours from Bobby’s Fish Camp, AL, to Mobile, AL. We anchored at night in an alligator infested lake and couldn’t let him off for the night. And he refused to go on the boat.
Longest stop at one location: Georgetown, Bahamas, 24 days.
Number of overnight trips: 4
Number of time ran aground3: 3
Erie canal entering a lock (port side was a bit shallow)
Tennessee river trying to enter a marina with shoaling issues(next to a tug)
Tarpon Springs, FL (went on wrong side of a marker and slammed into mud).
Number times scraped the side of a lock: TMTC (too many to count).
Number of times we departed and then returned because conditions stank: 3 (Trent Severn Waterway Lake Simcoe, The Berry Islands, The Exumas).
Where we stayed each night
Nights at anchor: 126
Nights at mooring ball: 48
Nights at Lock or tied off to some random piece of wall/rock: 36
Total nights outside marina (i.e cheap): 210
Nights in marina: 170
Places along the way
Number of countries visited: 3 (Bahamas, Canada and United States). Felt like 4 if we include New Orleans.
Number of states: 19 (Including visiting two by car/plane on side trip)
Number of islands that rocked: A whole bunch (Washington, Beaver, Hope, the Exumas, any one of the thousands up in the Georgian Bay)
Total number of locks: 99
Erie Canal: 23 (including federal lock before Waterford)
Oswego Canal: 7
Trent Severn Waterway: 44
Illinois River: 8
Mississippi river: 2
Ohio River: 2 (did not include the one we motored through)
Tenn-Tom Waterway: 11
Dismal Swamp: 2
Number of locks in which we floated4: 3
How we got around when on land
Number of Lyft/Uber rides: 25
Number of taxi rides: 1 (See the writeup on Memorial day here for a recap of our one taxi ride)
Number of car rentals: 14
Number of bike rentals: 6 (should have brought bikes with us)
Number of segway rentals: 1
Most steps in a day: 33,088 on 8/21/17 in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Fewest steps in a day: 75 on 2/21/18. Think about that. You have to work HARD to only walk 75 steps. Day of bad weather in Georgetown—left the boat twice, took Lucky to shore, kicked him off dinghy (I stayed on dinghy), then brought back to boat.
Highest elevation in a day: 45 flights of stairs on 2/28/18. Hiking up hills in the Exumas.
Number of days we didn’t go up the equivalent of even ONE flight of stairs: 123.
Total number of haircuts for everyone on the boat: 4
The Breakdown: Jan x 4 (Florida x2, Wisconsin, New York) Jim, 0; AJ, 0.
Winner of the longest hair award after a year on the boat: AJ going away.
Number of days in a row without a shower: Not sure of the exact numbers, but it was one too many! Not divulging who this was.
Number of dental appointments: 1 (cleaning for everyone in Milwaukee).
Number of days that all three of us wore something other than shorts: 0
Number of days of people being sick (cold, flu or other disease type ailment) on boat: 1
Number of major injuries (requiring medial attention): 0
Number of minor injuries (bruises, cuts, strains, etc): Too many to count5
Number of engines for boat propulsion: 2
Horsepower of each engine: 9.9hp (Yamaha outboards)
Number of times engines were serviced: 11
Number of times pumped out holding tank: Too many to count
Number of times holding tank got full: One. Which is too many!
Number of times joker valve was replaced: 2
Number of time changed zincs: 1
Number of times onboard generator crapped the bed: 3
Number of times propane tanks were refilled: 4
Number of times Lucky went to the bathroom on his rug: 0
Numbers of rugs lost at sea: 3
Number of car keys lost at sea: 1
Number of Rocket launches seen: 2 (14 and 18 April, Florida).
Number of times we actually looked up to see the ISS: 2
Number of watts of solar at start of trip: 150
Number of watts of solar installed in Marathon: 768
Number of hours per day we ran the generator before solar panel installation: 1 hour every day.
Number of TIMES we ran the generator after solar panel installation: 3 (in over five months)
Number of times contacted by coast guard (over radio, not boardings): 2
NY Harbor outside statue of liberty
Atlantic ocean off GA coast looking for someone who may have heard a mayday from a boat under distress.
Number of baseball games: 4 (Washington DC, Chicago, St. Louis, Charleston)
Number of amusement parks: 2 (Six Flags Chicago, Universal Studios Orlando)
Number of time left hatches open resulting in soaked bedroom: 2 One squall on ocean and one epic dump of water over deck, through hatch on Chesapeake bay.
Number of times we said “why the hell are we doing this??” About 10. Maybe 20.
Number of times we said “why didn’t we do this sooner” or “why the hell are we stopping?” About 1,000. So far. And this number keeps going up.
1Our average speed is about one quarter the speed of an unladen swallow. African or European.
2We used gallons/hour to keep track of fuel on the trip, not miles or the fuel guage. When I was in college I had a motorcycle that did not have a fuel gauge and I used the trip odometer to keep track of how far I had gone, and thus how much gas I had left in the tank. As long as I remembered to reset the trip odometer. On the trip we used hours to track fuel usage. 50 gallons is 50 hours with a bit of a buffer since on average we burned less than a gallon an hour. Plus we had 15 gallons in three cans we carried on the deck for dinghy fuel and for the portable generator.
3 All of these we we either powered through (Erie Canal) or backed off of offending ground (Tennessee river/Tarpon Springs).
4Didn’t tie up to side of the wall because we were the only boat in the lock
5From day one when we seemed to kick the cleats on the boat and jam our big toes every single hour, our bodies were decorated with cuts, scrapes, bruised and other scars. Remarkable at first, it became just another thing with only spectacular abrasions raising questions/concerns.