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Provisioning for Dinghy Cruising

I have spent the weekend provisioning for an 8 day sail I have coming up in a smalll sailing boat.

The boat I am using is very small and weight sensitive by almost any cruising standard. I have decided to bring the boat to %80 of her max load to allow for some reserve bouyancy and better perfomance.

After my own weiight, I am left with about 87 pounnds to work with.

Figure my safety and nav gear accounts for about 15 pounds. This allows for spare paddles, spare sail, manual bilge pump, PLB, VHF, SPOT, solar battery pack, nav lights and dry suit.

Camping gear. I will be sleeping ashore. About 15 pounds including; hammock tent, down sleeping bag, thermarest, change of clothes and under garments.

Saltwater, but water resupply is every couple of days. So I will carry 13 liters of water, which leaves 3 liters per day for drinking plus 1 liter per day of food rehydration. I will also throw in a pound and a half for my Trangia mini alcohol cookset and stove fuel. 40.5 pounds total. This leaves 5 liters of water in reserve.

This leaves me about 26.5 pounds for food.

I figure 2 pounds of dry food per day is adequate. This will be; coffee and oatmeal for breakfast. Powdered mashed potatoes with cheese for lunch, pasta for dinner plus enough powdered gatorade for 2 liters per day. Figure this comes to 16 pounds.

Now I am left with about 10.5 pounds of reserve for luxury foods. This will include a mini can per day of v-8, raisins, peanuts, cliffs whey protein bars and a box of cookies.

Not much veggies, I admit but it's only 8 days.

Sound about right? What would you do

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Put about 3.5 pounds into fishing gear and forget the whey protein bars.
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Put about 3.5 pounds into fishing gear and forget the whey protein bars.
Racing, but otherwise I would agree
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Racing, but otherwise I would agree
What race? Sounds like fun.

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What race? Sounds like fun.
Everglades Challenge. Fun is an understatement

Here is an article by Meade Gougeon.

https://www.sailmagazine.com/racing/...e-down-florida

I figure a lot of the approaches to provisioning would apply to dinghy cruising to though.
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Several of my friends compete most years, in a variety of craft.

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Re: Provisioning for Dinghy Cruising

I've become intrigued by these emergency rations. Truthfully, I have no idea how to verify their claims. The most interesting is that they claim to be very stable and are balanced: carbs, proteins, fat and vitamins. They even say they have dietary fiber. Just this random Amazon link suggests you'd eat for $8 per day. Although, it would be pretty boring. Word is they taste like lemon shortbread. Likely to be more nutritous than pasta and oat meal.

I can't recommend, nor can figure how much they weigh. I actually have a sample on it's way to me, to see if I want to store these for their intended purpose.

https://www.amazon.com/Mainstay-Emer.../dp/B000B43JI0
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Look at https://peakrefuel.com/

This stuff is delicious and gives you some nice variety. Not just good for freeze dried meals but actually good. I use it a lot back packing.

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....Just this random Amazon link suggests you'd eat for $8 per day......
Just to clarify, that was just assuming the entire 3600 calorie pack was appropriate for a day's exertion. As survival rations, that's considered 3 days worth of nutrition.
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Look at https://peakrefuel.com/

This stuff is delicious and gives you some nice variety. Not just good for freeze dried meals but actually good. I use it a lot back packing.

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looked good, but $13 a meal? yikes.
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