To survive for 1,000 days without a stop on terra firma, he'll need provisions of ark-like proportions. He'll have 1,400 gallons of water stored in four separate tanks built beneath the floorboards of the living quarters in the center of the boat, and he'll replenish that supply by putting out a large tarp to catch all the water he can when it rains.
Freshly grown alfalfa sprouts will be the key to Stowe's diet
To feed his 140-horsepower Detroit Diesel motor, he'll fill 'er up to the tune of 500 gallons of diesel fuel. A ton of coal and a ton of wood, to enable the burning of the coal, will be brought aboard for heating and cooking purposes. He'll also be loading up on 500 pounds each of pasta, rice and oats, several hundred pounds of dried fruit and vegetables and 15 cases of peanut butter.
Hmm... 1400 gallons of water = 11,200 lbs. approximately. 500 gallons of diesel = 4,000 lbs. 4,000 lbs of coal and wood, and 1,500 lbs. of pasta, rice and oats. 300 lbs. of dried fruit and 720 lbs. of Peanut Butter (15 cases, 24 jars per case, 32 oz. per jar). That's 21,720 lbs of food, water and fuel. I haven't seen specs for his 70' boat, but that's still a lot of weight for even a 70' boat... and doesn't even count the other food stores that he must have.
Hasn't he heard of a water maker? Granted, they're not completely reliable, but having one aboard would make more sense than being dependent on catching rain IMHO. Unless his tanks are a hell of a lot better than the ones on most boats, I can see the water supply going bad before he has a chance to use 1400 gallons.
Apparently, they do have a RO watermaker aboard...but how will they power it?? Relying solely on solar power to keep the battery banks charged up is probably wishful thinking, unless his solar array is bigger than the one on CruisingDad's boat. I didn't see any massive solar panel arrays in any of the photos of the boat, and didn't see any mention of hydro or wind generators.
Also, he's going to be at sea for 1000 days... he has 4000 lbs. of cooking/heating fuel. Does he honestly think he can make do with only 4 lbs. of fuel a day???
Sounds a bit low to me. While it might be sufficient in the warmer climates, I doubt it is enough in the cooler latitudes which he will eventually get to, unless he plans on just circling the tropics for two-and-a-half years.
1.5 lbs. of uncooked rice, oats and pasta per day... that's a lot of food IMHO... A 12 oz. box of pasta feeds eight people or more. I also hope he stocked up on vitamins... scurvy and malnutrition are still going to be problems he'll face..and it doesn't sound like he's got all that much in the way of fresh or dried fruits or vegetables... you can't survive on just pasta, rice and oats for 1000 days... Unless they plan on fishing a lot, getting sufficient protein is also going to be a problem. Automated fish traps aren't really an ideal solution, especially in the middle of the ocean.
I'm surprised to see that a very large quantity of beans wasn't listed among the provisions. Beans are one of the few good sources of protein in the vegetable world... and dried beans keep for a long, long time. Also, I hope he's got a lot of salt, pepper and other spices and herbs tucked away inside the boat. Otherwise, the menu is going to suck.
His website/blog is awfully commercialized... You too can be an admiral for a mere $500-1000 donation.
Personally, I see this as a fairly selfish and self-aggrandizing way to get attention. I don't see it serving any real purpose other than indulging this man's ego.
Of course, at the rate they're going, I doubt that they'll make it 1000 days at sea.... colliding with something before you've been out a month is really not a good sign of you ability to succeed at making it 1000 days at sea without serious mishap.