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04-04-2004 06:14 AM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

Harriet: We have found that our pressure cooker is one best pieces of galley equipment we have ever purchased. We also purchased Pucks stanless cookware both are great. Ray and Maggie s/v Just Add Water
03-22-2004 03:08 AM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned what has become my favorite piece of galley equipment - my pressure cooker. Because it cooks faster than traditional methods, it not only saves cooking fuel but also keeps the boat cooler. I never used a pressure cooker while living on land, but once I learned how to use it I would not be without it. Buy a good quality stainless steel piece and order an extra gasket to take with you. We like our Fagor, but there are others just as good.
We also want our boat to be as homey as possible, so we opted for Corelle dinnerware rather than plastic. They are very strong and chip resistant,come in nice designs, and the pieces can be purchased separately (including serving bowls and platters).
Harriet on "Perseverance"
03-21-2004 08:18 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

As odd as it sounds, we actually funnel things like sugar, flour and rice into plastic PET soft drink bottles. The plastic does not flavour the food, it doesn''t matter if it falls over with the lid off because you will only lose a little through the narrow spout and the seal is incredibly good.
just "pour" the required amount into a measuring cup and no problem.

For other stuff I am a fan of the little vaccuum sealers.
Great for camera batteries and things as well.
(A friend of ours has a set of bolt cutters for freeing the rig in case of dismast vaccuum sealed like this to prevent corrosion)

In terms of pans I go for a heavy based stainless pan with really good teflon lining. I then unscred all the plastic handles and created snap-on/twist-off handles so that the pans are also the baking trays and serving pots (we only have a small table and the handles take up a lot of space).

If I could find a place to teflon coat after-market then I would beat out my own design of frypans and saucepans....

06-07-2003 02:01 AM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

Contrary to the conventional boat-storage advice, the only liquid leaks we experienced (over 10 years) was from Plastic bottles (vinigar & chlorox). Properly secured & padded, with liquor store mesh & towel, good glass storage bottles wont''t chaffe or puncture , like plastic can. The lids are generally more secure /w glass.
06-05-2003 05:50 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

A cast iron griddle has been essential for us. It browns meat nicely and cooks evenly. It makes very good toast.

Another indispensible pan is a 2 inch high stainless frying pan with a close-fitting lid, used as a stove top casserole. Buy it on sale for about $20.

I would not be without a plastic ''super scraper'' This small tool easily scrapes food off cooking pots, enabling you to clean a messy pot without soaking. It is also useful for scraping gunk off the boat.

03-06-2003 12:29 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

I cannot reccomend the "Ship to Shore" books highly enough. They give you great recipies using locally available supplies and include a directory of places and shops where you can provision easily. When I ran a large charter vessel in the West Indies these books were the Cook''s Bible. If you are on an unlimited budget, there are companies that will supply your provisions direct to any Island from the US by email/fax/phone. Hope that helps, John
03-04-2003 05:56 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

Believe it or not, provisioning can be alot of fun. My wife and I always used it as an opportunity to experience the local culture.

- Shop in the local fresh markets. Take your time and ask the vendors for their favorite way of preparing the local produce. We got some very interesting recipes that way. Several times we were invited to the home of the merchant to eat; what a fantastic experience.

-Ask the locals where THEY shop, not "where is the best place to shop". Avoid the stores where the tourists shop (unless you want to spend 25-50% more).

-Except for the larger towns, you will have trouble finding alot of the items you are accustom to cooking with. View this as a positive, learn the local cuisine. (You might want to bring several large bottles of Pepto-Bismol.)

-I will second what swred said: plastic, plastic, plastic!!!

-Fishing: rules vary. Don''t take what you read in the cruising guides as "the gospel". Always double check with the local authorities. This is best done upon arriving when you are clearing.

-One very important item: be careful on currency conversion. Purchasing the local currency at a bank and making your purchases with the local currency is often better, but not always. Ask alot of questions and do your homework in this area.

Have Fun!!!
03-04-2003 03:52 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

Congrats on your decision to do such a fun trip! Here''s my FIRST and BEST piece of advice: do NOT use steel mesh colanders, use plastic. Secondly, get your PLASTIC tumblers and "cocktail" glasses from Walmart - they have really "elegant" ones for $.88. Here is another gem of advice - buy plenty of Parmalat milk. They remain good for a super long time, taste just as great as fresh milk, and are easy to store. Also, this may sound cheeseball, but it''s convenient - I take extra condiment packets when I''m in a fast food restaurant - mustard, mayo, ketchup, relish, soy sauce - they totally keep forever, and when you run out of your regular stash, you''ll be super jazzed when you remember you have them. Last piece of advice, pre-cook and freeze anything you possibly can for off-shore. You''ll be glad you did. (If you want recipes, gimme an e-mail.) Happy Sails!
03-04-2003 03:35 PM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?


My husband and I are off to sail around the Caribbean (windwards and leewards) for a year or so. Would anyone happen to have any hints on grocery shopping on any of the islands? Also, I''m wondering if anyone''s got any fishing advice.
02-27-2003 12:31 AM
What''''s needed on 1st boat?

Thank you everybody for the wonderful hints. Dave
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