What do you eat while sail­ing to par­adise?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

How many cans does it take to sail to par­adise? How about 168 packets of M&Ms, 18 bot­tles of veg­etable oil, 120 pop­corn packets and 24 cans of spinach.

That’s what I need to take when we go on our seven-month sail­ing adventure, ac­cord­ing to a sail­ing pro­vi­sion­ing web­site.

It’s an Excel spread­sheet. You in­put how long you’ll be away and how many peo­ple are go­ing, and it does all the cal­cu­la­tions for you.

But 24 jars of peanut but­ter, 48 boxes of wine and 840 tea bags – that just sounds ab­surd.

We have ideas ( prob­a­bly ro­man­tic) of eat­ing nat­u­ral and buy­ing lo­cal.

We’ll catch fish, eat sprouts from my new seed sprouter and em­brace lo­cal eat­ing. I re­ally hope that works out, be­cause we don’t usu­ally eat much canned food.

And I’ve heard that af­ter a few weeks at sea, any­thing from a can just tastes like over-salted metal.

A few years ago we had great in­ten­tions of eat­ing what­ever the lo­cals ate when we had a hol­i­day in Viet­nam.

I ended up eat­ing veg­etable noo­dle soup for break­fast, lunch and din­ner be­cause ‘‘ meat’’ dishes looked way too scary.

My part­ner, Dean, ate buck­et­loads of uniden­ti­fied bar­be­cue meat from back­street food stalls, and sur­vived.

Through­out my child­hood my gran and grandpa took us fish­ing in their launch Seamew.

Ever since I can re­mem­ber, I’d send them lit­tle salt sa­chets from take­away places, Mar­mite and jam packets from stay­ing in mo­tels, and any­thing else I thought looked like boat food.

They died not long be­fore I bought the boat. I re­ally wished they’d seen me in my new home.

Grandpa, es­pe­cially, would have loved it. I bought two teeny jam jars when we moved aboard in mem­ory of him. They’re still un­opened.

I re­ally have no idea how to plan for our trip when it comes to food.

I’ve started buy­ing spe­cials of spaghetti and canned toma­toes from the su­per­mar­ket, though.

We have to take any plas­tic la­bels off be­cause they can get wet and clog the bilge (the bit un­der the floor­boards).

We also have to buy food ra­tions and a fish­ing kit for our grab bag, a bag you keep handy and ‘‘grab’’ when you have to aban­don ship.

The lif­er­aft comes with a fish­ing kit al­ready, but as a dead­pan guy in a fish­ing shop in Kapiti said, ‘‘You aren’t go­ing to catch a thing with that’’.

There are just a few weeks to go be­fore we sail to the Pa­cific Is­lands from Opua. We’re ob­sessed with get­ting the boat ready. It seems to be one step for­ward and two steps back.

The mast came off to get the rig­ging done – yay. The mast is back and the radar and wind in­stru­ments no longer work – yay.

What next. Oh yes, 24 cans of canned chicken, 12 alu­minium foil rolls, 60 bags of pasta and 72 tins of canned toma­toes.

If I start dreaming of 1000 cans of baked beans piled high then crash­ing on top of me, I’ll know I’m in real trou­ble.

Wish me luck.

Photo: JANIE WALKER

Im­por­tant plan­ning: Pro­vi­sions for the trip.

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