Prospective loopers usually have two big questions tied to planning: what will it cost and how much stuff can we take along. Answers to those questions vary with every boat and boater’s style, but we can offer our data points for consideration.
Our Sunday was a harried rush of packing, finding more boxes, and packing more. By the time we settled down to a dinner of Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo about 8 pm we were exhausted.
Monday morning we were up first for haul out on Washburn’s 150 ton travel lift. Endeavor, about 8,000 lbs empty, barely registered on the lift’s gauges. This monster lift hauls out the Madeline Island ferries, so our boat looked like a dinky toy hanging from the straps.
As soon as Endeavor was settled on land, we borrowed the marina manager’s car and went to rent a U-Haul truck in nearby Ashland.
We originally considered renting a 10 foot box truck, but didn’t want to cram the dinghy in, so we settled on reserving a 15 footer. When we went to get the truck they could not get a 15 footer so they upgraded us to a 20 footer.
This brute has plenty of space but drives like a, well, like a truck.
The loading ramp formed a sturdy bridge when we set the far end on some boat blocking. From then on we made endless trips across, moving our gear out of Endeavor.
In the end, it was fortunate they upgraded us. Even stacked 2 and 3 boxes deep we managed to fill the floor space.
Catamarans, with their narrow hulls, tend to be sensitive to loading. Put too much aboard that they sail sluggishly. When we stepped back and looked at the load in the truck we knew we had to find out how much weight we had carried this year.
This morning, as we unloaded the truck at home, we stepped on a scale and recorded the weight of every armload. We included the dinghy and 9.9hp, since they normally hang from the davits. We did not include the main engine: we brought it home in the truck for routine servicing. I should add that we had eaten down the provisions to a bare minimum and the 70+ books we started with are read and gone.
The total? Almost 1.5 TONS… 2,824.5 pounds of gear we hauled about 7,000 miles on an 8,000 pound boat. And we took a full rental car full of stuff home last Fall!
Yes, we are both surprised at that number.
The second data point, cost of the trip, is very dependent on the boat and the boater’s traveling style. With Endeavor as efficient as she is, our entire budget is less than most trawlers fuel budget alone.
I tend to be frugal and Peg borders on stingy, but we don’t feel we shorted ourselves on anything during the trip. When I look back through this blog I think we got every bit of adventure we could handle.
The total below ignores non-trip stuff like medical insurance, home insurance, etc. Overall, our living expenses were lower than when we live on the dirt.
We are pleasantly surprised with that number.