We eat the same food as we eat at home--maybe better. Sailing certainly brings out your appetite. Pasta, risota, chicken, fresh fish any meat dishes. I am assuming you have refrigeration if not ice in a properly insulated box can last a long time so long as it is regularly replenished. On our smaller boats we would keep a large Igloo filled with dry ice out on deck--properly secured--dry ice needs ventilation and can burn if handled--lasts for7 to 10 days. You will find fresh produce as well as fish etc. available as you travel--talk to other cruisers as to their source. Certainly buying fish and lobster from the boats is always an option and usually inexpensive. In some harbors--boats will come along side and sell everyting from the New York Times to pastry and ice cream. We often set up a trolling rig
when offshore and more often then not catch blues or other schooling fish--doesn''t get any fresher then that. Restaurants are also an option and other cruisers can tell you about their favorites. We also bring charcoal and barbecue utensils along with a small Hibachi to cook on shore. I don''t particularly feel comfortable in barbecuing off of the stern rail. Certainly your favorite beverage--wine or otherwise compliments a meal in that beautiful anchorage and why not finish the evening with an Irish Coffee--we never drink while underway, even if offshore for several days.
Clothing wise--use a layering technique and make sure you have a polartec outer garment ie LL Bean. Of course proper foul weather gear for ALL crew members is essential. Casual dress is appropriate anywhere on shore unless your a guest of the NEW YORK YACHT CLUB in Newport.Iwould strongly reccomend the following pubs which are available from BOAT US or the ARMCHAIR SAILOR:
Northern Waterway Guide 2000-2001 Edition
A Cruising Guide To The Main Coast by Hank and Jan Taft--This is an exceptional publication and is fun to read even if you don''t get to Maine
Since your mate does not have a lot of sailing experience I would ease her into any mutiple days off shore--mal de mer is a terrible way to be introduced to extended sailing and could certainly effect your sailing future together. Actually, you could day sail up the New Jersey coast depending on your draft and mast height. Just leave early, watch your weather and always have an alternative plan in place. Once you get to New York the longest stretch would be to Long Island Sound. Once in the Sound everything to Maine could be a day sail assuming you have the time. Just keep in mind that anchorages and moorings tend to fill up very quickly on weekends--so either get there early or make reservations.
Any other questions please don''t hesitate to ask.