SailingDog, you aren't kidding. I would be tossing the engine, holding tank and fuel tank, replacing them with freshwater tanks. The boat is currently about an inch below the waterline with full tanks and the engine, I guesstimate I would have room for about 900 lbs of supplies before I displace to the waterline and can probably push to an inch above it on the assumption the boat will get lighter as I go. I find I can live on 32 gallons of fresh water a month, less if I supplement seawater for dishes, etc., but the watermaker will likely be a super critical component anyway.
But yes, I don't know exactly how much square footage dehydrated meal packs would take up, especially for 240-300 days. I'll have to build storage space but yes, there's the issue of tools, replacement parts, etc. I'd probably end up measuring and weighing every little nut and bolt.
I could really use the experience of anyone who has done the same sort of trip.
Last edited by zAr; 01-15-2010 at 04:47 PM.