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02-23-2013 03:04 PM
carl762
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

Sounds like the dream trip of a lifetime. Have a friend who is thinking of doing the same trip from Portland. God I wish I could go, but I'm a wage slave at this point.

As far as food goes, CaptAaron (sp?) from this board has a thread in provisioning about not having to refrigerate foods, where he mentioned Spirulina as a good sustaining food. I bought a pound and I am currently doing two doses of one tsp to 12 oz of orange juice a day. Incredible energy you get out of this superfood. Read up on Green Foods. Spirulina current dosage gives me 2g protein, and tons of other important nutrients.


Also, take a look at Sailing the Farm, the book he mentioned. There's a PDF version. You can grow food aboard.


Lots of other good information in there, too.

Please take lots of pics, inside and out, lots of Sunsets, waves crashing over the bow, you know what I mean. It's BOAT PORN, at least to me.

Now, others here advise and I agree, get a pressure cooker. I remember GrandMa cooking with one when I was a babe. Been using that old technology here for last 5 years. Can't imagine an efficient kitchen/galley without one. There are threads here re pressure cooking. I make the BEST beans and rice. (ya right). Can cook a whole 5# chicken in eh about 20 minutes, where the meat falls off the bones, at least on land.

Anyway, do some easily simple research on the net. download, print, get your charts, and again, please take lots of pics.
02-23-2013 05:17 AM
aeventyr60
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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Originally Posted by Hiroshimasunset View Post
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?
Try the cruising guide " landfalls of paradise". Or Charlies charts of the pacific.

Maybe out of date, but will give you some information. Seems like these were my bibles a few years back.

Also try the SCCA website for cruiser's reports.

Latitude 38 usually has current info in the 'Changes in latitude " section.
02-22-2013 05:15 PM
slax
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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Originally Posted by sailguy40 View Post
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.
sailguy40:

Thank you for pointing out https://activecaptain.com

one of my new favorite things on the internet...
02-22-2013 04:23 PM
jackdale
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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Jackdale,
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?
Thanks,
Nicola
That was a 8 person race crew in Vic Maui. They usually finish in 12 days.
02-22-2013 04:07 PM
nkamper
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

Jackdale,
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?
Thanks,
Nicola
02-22-2013 02:22 PM
Hiroshimasunset
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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
02-22-2013 06:44 AM
wind_magic
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiroshimasunset View Post
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.
02-21-2013 10:39 PM
Hiroshimasunset
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?
02-21-2013 12:33 PM
sailguy40
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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.
02-20-2013 11:04 PM
Hiroshimasunset
Re: Need advice on preparing for Pacific crossing

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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