Provisioning. It’s a subject that liveaboard cruisers discuss often, along with subjects like anchors and the head. Last month I went to a seminar at the Miami Boat Show called “Cruising for Women”. We discussed everything from docking to doing laundry by hand to provisioning. The provisioning advice that was given was take what you like to eat. Simple as that.
But I must say that it is intimidating when trying to figure out what to buy mass amounts of. And I’m not feeding just 2 of us like most cruising boats. There are 5 very hungry people on board our vessel. You can’t buy 40 loaves of bread because in 2 weeks they will all be moldy. And you can’t take 20 gallons of Organic Valley Whole Milk (Maria’s favorite) when your fridge is tiny. Well, off to Costco we went last week. It was our last day with our minivan before we sold it. We bought lots and lots of diapers, paper towels, batteries, pasta, marinara sauce, vinegar (I clean the heads with vinegar) and canned goods. I am NOT a canned good person so this almost killed me. Okay, I’m being a little dramatic but I would much prefer organic fresh veggies over canned ones. But canned goods are part of the package when I signed up to live aboard a boat. Here we are at Costco with our train of carts.And here we are getting ready to put the groceries on board and figuring out where they all go.Yesterday we made our last grocery run. People in the grocery store were whispering and pointing at us because of how many carts we had and how they were piled over the top. We are big fans of oatmeal. Here is the evidence to prove it.We are stuffing the kids’ berths with food and supplies. They joke that if they get hungry in the middle of the night, all they have to do is roll over to eat.The islands we are going to in The Bahamas are more remote and only a few times will we find a store to buy food. Plus, food is much more expensive there so we are stocking up now. It’s fun that even our last grocery runs have been exciting and an adventure.
Update: The weather tomorrow (Wednesday) is not looking great so we postponed leaving the US. We were planning on leaving today. Our next weather window is this upcoming weekend. So we will hang out here in Miami until probably Sunday. As someone once told us, when you sail there are only destinations, not schedules. We are fair weather sailors who know Mother Nature is to be respected greatly. Safety First!