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Re: Need Some Advice on (6) Mo. Provisioning

Do you have a genset? If so, bring a vacuum packer.

Canned food is usually pretty bad for you.
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Re: Need Some Advice on (6) Mo. Provisioning

Yes, I have a nice 3k that's almost new, runs cheap. I have 10K; 3rd is 15 k , 4th one is a diesel at 35 K but too big for boat. The last 3 are milltary surplus gen's., big and weigh a lot.

I thought.. I'd look around for a smaller diesel, rated at 12 to 15 K. I might take the little 3 K, small, quiet, cheap to run as a back up. I don't like gas on board, always a concern but not so much with this little gen. . The power boats have carb. fires, line leakage & all that.

The reason.. I was thinking of a 12 to 15 K Gen., my cooling system is old and problem-matic. Thinking about 15K A/C and installing at forward hatch, also 3 way marine frig. . This would get rid of all my 42 year old problem ( old A/C & Cold Box) childs. I'm use to having A/C and don't want to be in a sweat box. My windows do not open and no air flow to speak of... so sweat box is the right description.

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Re: Need Some Advice on (6) Mo. Provisioning

Okay, some stops not NO STOPS...
In a previous response someone said that there are foods that are readily available everywhere. Buy that locally... someone else pays the freight to ship it!
Look at the provisioning threads on pressure cookers (I just bought one) and learn to use it before setting out. Propane or alcohol fuel will be a limiting factor no matter what you cook. The pressure cooker will allow you to use less fuel to accomplish the cooking. I also just bought a Thermos pot. Good for soups, beans and stews... bring it to a boil, place in the Thermos and allow the residual heat to cook it for a couple of hours. Much less fuel use.
Not sure I would go with a lot of canned foods. Cans would be hard (inefficient?) to store, being round and leaving lots of gaps between.
As I said in my earlier post, use a vacuum seal a meal device to make a more stowage friendly package. It also is see through, so you know what is in it. Dehydrated onions, celery and carrots can be packed that way and used in all your recipes. And in smaller packs than the #10 cans that the dehydrated stuff is sold in (IIRC a #10 can holds a gallon). The vacuum sealed plastic packs can be placed in tupperware bins and packed under settees and such.
You will want to be able to eat on board as do now ashore. If you eat out of cans now, plan on cans aboard. If you don't do a lot of cans now, figure out how to maintain a similar diet (taste as well as nutrients) aboard. Sailing will make you happy, but not if the galley makes you sick!
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Re: Need Some Advice on (6) Mo. Provisioning

SD1953

Advice Point(s) Well Taken (above advice).

I'm a big soup guy (cans) and microwave everything. I never thought of the vacuum sealing deal to store things better.

Thanks for Advice,

Avery
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