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Drone view St Anne to Marin Martinique

Looking west from Martinique

When we look back on the Caribbean, Martinique will feature among the best memories—and not just because of the pâté, brie, and baguettes. A stop to provision and facilitate a trip to Puerto Rico for Jamie stretched out and filled with beaches and swimming, exploring the history and charm of this lush island, Thanksgiving celebrations […]

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Precious provisions: planning for scarcity and economy

“I miss salads already!” Mind you, we’ve just finished a delicious salad for lunch thanks to lettuce gifted from the crew of Mahi as they cleaned the fridge out before flying back to the US for a visit. But Niall’s reaction reflects that we’re unlikely to have lettuce again for a while. What we brought […]

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Passage meals: what we’re eating at sea

What do you eat on a passage? How do you prepare food for everyone, and have enough on board? This question came from a few different places after our weeklong sail from Namibia to St Helena. I don’t normally track what we eat, but this time I’d been writing down our meals in the margins […]

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Canning on board: papaya chutney

Some amount of eating from cans is a reality for most cruising boats. Between limited refrigeration, passage making (19 days at sea to the Marquesas!), and minimal resources available in some of our destinations- it’s necessary to keep our bodies happily fueled. Provisioning staples for six months – Mexico, 2010 Much better than buying commercially […]

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Provisioning: where does it all go?

I realized after a comment (thanks Travis & Maggie!) on an earlier post that in the series looking back at provisioning that I entirely ignored the big question of stowage. Trading email with Diane while she preps for Ceilydh’s Pacific crossing kicked me into gear. Where do you put a few thousand pounds of food on an already packed-to-the-gunwales cruising […]

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Provisions in French Polynesia

Paths across the Pacific vary, but almost everyone goes to French Polynesia. Based on our experience, here’s what to expect in FP. Generally speaking, what’s available varies by island group. Marquesas:As the first landfall after weeks at sea, it’s impossible to resist the lure of fresh produce. Like everything in FP, though, it will cost […]

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Provisions worth their weight in gold

We have the luxury to eat for pleasure as much as for sustenance. So yeah, we could have filled the boat with nothing but rice and beans- as it seems I may have attempted to do- and survived just fine (and quite cheaply) for our seven and a half months of Pacific island hopping. It […]

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Provisioning lookback: over-buying

When we arrived in Australia, we faced by far the strictest quarantine encountered so far. So besides just keeping us all fed and happy for the past half year, perfect planning also means that ideally, we consumed all of the provisions which could be confiscated before we reach Australia. It didn’t quite work out that […]

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Long-term provisioning

When we left Mexico for the south Pacific just about a year ago, we had Totem loaded down with our best guess at the provisions to sustain basic needs for half a year. How did we figure out what we needed? I made a basic spreadsheet in Excel (those who know me well will not […]

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Salsa, salsa, or salsa?

We’re preparing ourselves and Totem for our biggest journey together yet, the passage from Mexico to French Polynesia. Over the last few months, we’ve felt a little smug about our general state of preparation: no question about it, Totem is ready to cross an ocean. This may help explain the karmic whiplash which has put […]

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