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Tips On Storage And Provisioning

By Little Gidding - Published January 11, 2006 - Viewed 492 times


From Angie:

Hi, we have been enjoying your site. Thanks for all the great information! I would love to hear more about any tips you may have for storage and provisioning. My husband and I and our nine month old baby are moving aboard our Alberg 30 in Toronto next week. We sold our house and are going to try the liveaboard lifestyle for a bit.

Hi Angie,

We're glad you've been enjoying our log. Welcome to the world of liveaboards!

No matter how big your boat is, you'll probably never seem to have enough storage space. We don't have any magic tips on where to put all the stuff -- we just cram things into every empty space we can find. It's a good idea to keep a list of where you put everything so it doesn't become irretrievably lost. It takes away from the festive spirit when the candy canes you stowed away in December don't surface until June.

The best way to deal with limited storage space is to try to eliminate unnecessary items. We have a general rule that before something new comes on board, something of comparable size has to leave. Every time we do major provisioning, we go through the lockers and get rid of things we haven't used since the last time we checked. Admittedly, it's a losing battle.

If possible, store the heavy items lower down for stability reasons. String hammocks are good for storing fresh fruit and vegetables; we've got two hanging in the main saloon. We use a lot of plastic zipper freezer bags to keep things dry; rigid plastic containers with tight fitting lids (e.g., tupperware) are good for limiting the spread of weevils and other unwanted guests. Remove extra packaging (like the cardboard boxes dry cereal and cake mixes come in) before bringing things on board. When provisioning for an extended trip, concentrate on high value or hard-to-find items. Staples like flour, pasta, rice, cooking oil, etc are available just about anywhere and are relatively cheap, so don't try to leave with a year's supply on board.

One of the better books we've come across on this topic is Sail Away! A guide to outfitting & provisioning for cruising by Paul & Sheryl Shard. It's available in Toronto at The Nautical Mind bookstore (www.nauticalmind.com).

We hope this helps. Good luck!

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