Well, we’ve left the dock but here’s a rundown of what happened in the last two weeks to get us ready!
Voyage Preparation: Provisioning
There’s been lots of shopping, in preparation for our voyage but I left the veggies to the last minute so we bring the freshest produce with us. I’ve been rearranging the food we have on board so that the stuff we need to use first is in the front, taking inventory, using up stuff we don’t need, removing packaging so we can reduce our rubbish and cooking meals to freeze flat for easier storage in the WAECO. Oh, and more shopping! By the way, thank you “guy at Coles’ deli counter” for not handing me the ham I asked for, AND for giving me the mortadella WITHOUT the olives even though you asked me which one I wanted. I’ll just turn the boat around and come back.
Above is a pic explaining what I do to the meat to reduce waste, fit it all in the freezer/fridge and generally make life a little easier on a rocking boat. What I didn’t take photos of was the veggies. Prolonging life of your spoilable food when preparing for a voyage is your ultimate aim (oh and to have enough!) To keep veggies for longer this is what I do: for celery and leeks I wrap them in foil and refrigerate, tomatoes I leave out on the bench in a basket and use the softest ones first, they last ages. Onions, garlic and potatoes go in a dark space (a drawer) and in separate bags. Potatoes will sprout if you leave them with onions. Most all other veggies I put in ziplocs with a piece of paper towel and remove as much air as possible, then refrigerate. When I use them, I check the paper towel and if it’s damp I replace it. I’ve tried green bags, mesh bags and no paper towel and I don’t get as good results. I do wash ziplocs and reuse unless they’ve had meat in them.
I also pre-prepared some meals for the trip to save space and time. The pic above is of my famous spaghetti sauce which I always jam pack with vegetables. After filling the bags I lay them flat on a thin cutting board and freeze before stacking upright in the freezer.
Voyage Preparation: Stowing
Yeah it’s a catamaran so it’s not the same movement as a monohull but things still move. Anything that poses a threat as a potential missile goes away or is given away. I’ve been holding on to my orchards for a while now but most of them are gone now. All we have on the top shelf is fruit, tissues and charging ipads, all under non skid as I like to go too far rather than not far enough. I’ve also non skidded the galley bench tops just to be sure and popped non essential items away. If it’s rough the knife block fits in the sink with some other potential projectiles. So handy that we have two sinks not one on our Lagoon400 catamaran.
Outside we’ve tied down the surfboards in the tender. We’ve also rolled up the aft shade cloths as we are expecting southerlies, so just in case it blows in a bit too strong up our bum they won’t get damaged.
Voyage Preparation: Safety
- We’ve changed details for the EPIRBs and mounted an extra one in our cabin
- Loaded on the 4 man life raft
- Registered with AMSA the red MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) distress button to the radio
- Attached a MOB (Man over Board) light to the lifering on the aft deck
- Re-glued the back step. (Yes it nearly fell off 😂)
Voyage Preparation: The kids
NB: the Skipper is included in ‘the kids’.
I made sure we had plenty of snacks on board in preparation and also threw in some crappy food like 2 minute noodles and jelly babies. If you can eat something you like occasionally it takes away the boredom. The Skipper likes canned chilli so I got a few of those in the shopping cart for lazy lunches. If we were doing a big trip where space was a minimum (like an ocean crossing where I can’t easily re-provision) I might not be so generous.
- The girls received beautiful notebooks from friends which they are using to keep daily diaries. I bought some cyalume sticks for the girls to play with at night for a special treat. We’ve stuck up a chart of the east coast of Australia so that they are involved in plotting our course and downloaded the Whales NSW app so they can log all the whales we see. We also updated their life jackets as they’ve both grown like weeds since the last voyage.
That’s all for now. We are underway so I will post again soon. Make sure you subscribe to Instagram and YouTube also for pics and videos in real time, also I will be updating the Facebook Page regularly.