Fawkes loves the warmer temperatures we’ve finally achieved. Without working on it, I’ve started to tan. You’d think that’d be enough for this crew. Just being warm in the winter and cool in the summer was not what we had in mind.
When we bought this tough old boat, dreams of sailing around the world fed our passion. Since taking possession of Fawkes and her possession of us, we don’t know what the end has in store, but we know, staying state-side isn’t enough adventure.
Therefore, how do you prepare for leaving a country you understand for shores unknown? That’s the question. Then answer is, you won’t have everything you need and you’ll take things you should have left home.
How many have traveled to distant lands by plane with luggage you’ve never even unpacked until the return trip home?
It’s the same way on the boat. You know the countries you visit have sufficient stores for the people who live there. You know most travel plans take you to shores where people have plenty to eat. But you’ll be in unfamiliar territory and they might not have exactly what you want. The expense of what you want may be prohibitive on distant shores.
What do you do?
You shop! And you pack!
Let me take you on a photo montage of preparing Fawkes for the first leg of our journey. This is not for the faint of heart. It takes muscle and planning.
First you must have a list, the location to provision and the time. A lot of time. We took two days and four to five hours each day to accomplish just this adventure. Earlier we had ordered boat supplies online, found a mail package service and shipped everything ahead to our staging area. Five walking trips 2.5 miles one way later and we had all our packages aboard.
This is our first day haul from the grocery store.
Then, you have to do something with everything when you get it back to the boat.
Finally, if you’re really lucky, there’s an organization to the whole ordeal. This pantry closet which you first saw in the tour of my galley , was a hanging locker with two broken air-conditioning/heating units before I got creative and tore them all out for a better way to stock my goods.
So you thought cruising was all fun and sun. We don’t do this trip just when leaving the states. Nope, we do this in every port where provisions are available. The list of stores may change depending on the ports, but with this set of provisions we can go 4-6 weeks without a grocery store in site.
For those of you fussing over the holidays, think for a minute if you had to provision 30 days ago. How would you cope?
Smile, your life is different from mine and I enjoy every minute of the challenges at hand. This blog post is going up early as I’ll probably be out of range for internet as I celebrate the holidays on white sandy beaches while finding new friends.