Anyway back to our hobbit- hole, I mean... boat! Lately we've been focussing on what we can take on our voyage and where we will put it all! A seemingly daunting feat, but seems amazingly do-able after re-reading (we have mentioned them before in our list of greatest books but they deserve an encore):
Lin Pardey's The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
and Beth Leonard's Voyager's Handbook
Also, we found a great resource in the provisioning pages of Dave and Rhonda Mancini's website about their 2 1/2 years of cruising the tropical South Pacific in their PSC 34 SV Swan.
|SV Swan anchored at Moorea|
So... last week my friend Maria Mirka drove with me and our two 'puppies' (one is 10 years old and the other 15!) out to our cottage on Quadra Island, B.C. where my co-cap was already hard at work doing a locum at the Campbell River Hospital. Once we arrived Maria and I went to work measuring all of the storage space on our boat... actually Maria did all the work as I sat at the computer struggling to get the d**n thing to cooperate (no luck on my part!)... did I mention that I HATE Microsoft??? ...actually maybe I hate computers in general (more like a love/hate relationship I guess).
Enough of that, back to the storage issue... as I was saying before I headed off into my tirade about our computer woes... Maria measured every nook and cranny however large or small that looked at all like a place for us to use as storage. Bill had suggested that I print out a diagram of our below decks and make our measurements on that...
After all the measurements were taken:
It turns out that with the mattress taken out of the quarter berth we can stow twelve, yes you read that right, twelve 12" sq. plastic milk cartons... amazing! Now, don't you think that two mid-sized adults could survive on that much food over 6 months? Considering the longest passage will be approximately 5 weeks when we will then be able to re-provision (is there such a word?). So I'm thinking that this might not be too onerous a job as I first thought! Also, let's not forget all the tuna, mahi-mahi, flying fish, squid etc. that we will be catching as we sail along... and believe me, we have a lot of fishing gear that we intend on using heavily (now we will just have to persuade all those little fishies that they want to swallow our hooks!).
I bought a number of plastic food storage containers (the largest being 5 litres with handy little oblong snap-open access covers on top) - we will use the largest of our two hanging lockers, which are located in mid-ships, to stow the large containers filled with flour, rice, beans etc. and from those I will fill smaller containers for daily/weekly use which will be right in the galley. I am also thinking that we need to put some moveable shelves in the larger hanging locker to make that space more useable and yet still able to revert back to a space to hang things. Hhmmmmm... so that's why it's call a hanging locker!
|Storage containers for the boat - gotta love that Walmart!|
During our long passages our forward berth will be used as a sail locker and even the head will be used for storing our 45 pound CQR anchor and 300 feet of nylon and chain rode! Okay for you non-boatie types the head is the toilet... and you might ask "Well, then where do you...?" Don't even go there...
Bye for now and...
see you when we see you.
Catherine and William