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I have noticed that a lot of people who are thinking about going out cruising talk about provisioning as if the food they eat will be completely different once they push away from the dock.
Yep. I agree totally. You eat the same as at home.

Forums often have interesting ideas like loading 100 pounds or kilograms of pulses or dried beans on the boat. Well, unless you were a Vego at home those beans will end up overboard!

Look at exactly what you eat now and work out how you can replicate that but storable. the best example is fresh vegetables at home means canned or frozen at sea.

The only change people really make is buying a bottle of some local flavor... In the Pacific Coconut oil is a great one! used for frying or in salads it immparts a little tropical flavour

BTW Some people expect to eat a lot more fish. On passage you may catch one or two, but I raely see people going out fishing for supper in the dinghy etc. Some do of course.... some people were great fish eaters at home, great fishermen at home. But if you wern't then you probably wont become a great fish eater cruising.
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Yep. I agree totally. You eat the same as at home.

Forums often have interesting ideas like loading 100 pounds or kilograms of pulses or dried beans on the boat. Well, unless you were a Vego at home those beans will end up overboard!

Look at exactly what you eat now and work out how you can replicate that but storable. the best example is fresh vegetables at home means canned or frozen at sea.
I went in the other direction and started with the ingredients I would have on a simple boat and learned to eat an entirely new diet. It took some time but I learned to like beans, rice, etc.

What are you pretending not to know ?

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Does anyone know about the availabilty of fuel in Nuku Hiva. Reliable supply?

I'm wanting to do some diving in Nuku Hiva. Anyone dived the headlands at Taiohae Bay? T0o exposed to get out there in a small dhingy?

Best diving will be in the Tuamoto's. Try the pass dive in Fakarava, it will be like flying, huge Napoleon Wrasse's will greet you.


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Yep, planning to dive Rangiroa and Fakaarava. Carquesas will be very good too and entirely different to the Tuamotus as there are no barrier reefs around the Island.

I would love to hear from anyone who has dived in the Marquesas regarding dive sites. My partner and I want to do as many dives as possible from a 10ft inflatable.

Thanks for the provisioning advice everyone....I don't plan on making any big changes to my diet. I've been living out for a back pack for most of the last 5 years and have a pretty good idea about food.

I was hoping for advice that relates sepcifically to pacific crossing. Anchorage information in the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Societies, Samoa, Fiji. Special requirements?

Points of interest in these places?

Any special advice or equipment suggestions that we may have not thought about?
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If you have not already, try that site activecaptain.com and you can take a look at the places you are travelling to. They might have information about anchorages if someone had entered it. I know there is some info there along the gulf coast in my area about anchorages, not sure about Pacific areas but you can check.
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Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

Thanks for the tip.. i had a look at activecaptian.com. Nice idea, but unfortunately there isn't much information yet for most of the sites in the pacific.

Can anyone else recommend a good source of information for anchorages and marinas in the pacific?
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Thanks for the tip.. i had a look at activecaptian.com. Nice idea, but unfortunately there isn't much information yet for most of the sites in the pacific.

Can anyone else recommend a good source of information for anchorages and marinas in the pacific?
Hiro,

I don't think there is any way around it, the only way to find out what you want to know is to do a lot of research.

Maybe you could start with some charts for the places you want to go ?

From there you could find the specific places you want to go to and then start searching out information about each anchorage, each approach to that anchorage, etc. There is a lot of information out there if you can get specific about what you are looking for. I think it is harder for anyone to answer if you just ask about Fiji, for example, but it would be a lot easier if you knew exactly where in Fiji you want to go.

I guess what I am saying is that whole books are written about some of the general things that you are asking about so it is probably hard even for people who have been there to give you more information.

What are you pretending not to know ?

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yes, i think you might be right...i'm turning up more information when I search specifically. Here is some information regarding anchorages in the cook islands in case anyone else is looking for similar information...

Cook Islands - Ports Authority
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Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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Thank you for the helpful list! Was this 8 crew x 16 days? Was this actual used, or allowing for extra (unplanned) days at sea?
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Thank you for the helpful list! Was this 8 crew x 16 days? Was this actual used, or allowing for extra (unplanned) days at sea?
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That was a 8 person race crew in Vic Maui. They usually finish in 12 days.

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