Friday, February 21, 2014

Provisioning

If you're planning on going cruising, provisioning is one of those things you will need to become proficient at. It is a) a lot of work b) expensive c) a pain in the behind d) exhausting e) all of the above
My four foot long Publix receipt!

This morning our friend John from Ellida was kind enough to rent a car and share it with us, and while Tim dug into the innards of the Westerbeast to change fluids in preparation for our Bahamas venture, John and I explored the innards of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, ticking off our lists as the day wore on. First stop was the Post Office where a kind young woman had managed to find my lost package. The box was severely damaged but nothing appeared to be missing due to my daughter's excellent packing.  Stops at the propane refill place, West Marine, Crook & Crook, Shell lumber, Grove Scuba, and at last Publix left us with only 2 errands to do tomorrow, laundry quarters and the bank. Unfortunately, getting all the things bought is less than half the work of provisioning. When you get it lugged to the dinghy, dinghied to the boat, loaded onto the boat, you still have to get it stowed and that takes almost as long as the rest of it. Everything has to be removed from the boxes in order to fit, and the resulting trash fills an entire 30 gallon trash bag. Fitting it all into the space allotted takes some magic, and multiple tries on some things. It will be interesting to see how well I did on my planning. We rarely eat out so nearly every meal is prepared on the boat, making my portion of the trunk space much larger than John's.  It was a highly productive day made so much easier by the kindness of friends. Thanks John for your patience and Kirsi for the dinghy load back to the boat!


4 comments:

S/V Veranda said...

So you've decided to cross. Awesome. Sail safe...

Matt Mc. said...

Pumped that you are going for it! Can't wait to read along!

mike k said...

I thought the long range plan was Key West? You must be feeling good about Kintala. Enjoy the run across.

Deb said...

@Bill- yes, we got talked into it by our friend John so I'll blame it on him!! He's a single hander and didn't want to cross alone. Are you going back north for the summer?

@Matt - yeah we may see you guys at the end of the summer. We'll be going back to Oak Harbor

@Mike - We were going to go to Key West and then up the Gulf Coast but decided that it made better sense to go the 88 miles to the Bahamas rather than go 422 miles to the water that LOOKS like the Bahamas. So we're here sitting at dinner in the restaurant at Old Bahama Bay in the West End.