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I just finished The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew, by Lin and Larry Pardey
This book is definitely famous among the sailing crew, and I was itching for a read along the domestic topics.
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This is not a terrible concern for us. I was actually surprised at how much refrigeration space the Helia has. She has two pull out drawers, just to the right of the main entrance. Above that there is space for either a fridge or a freezer. Then, outside, there is an outdoor fridge, plus a space for the choice of either another fridge or an ice maker. Unless the whole boat is out of power, we have plenty of refrigeration. Most of the meals in the book were assuming you had no fresh meat. I do plan on cooking some meals like that but not all.
This is a helpful tip for when you lack ample refrigeration space. See above.
David has done a race or two, but short races on significantly smaller craft. We have no plans to race with Starry Horizons.
One of the best things about catamarans and one of the many reasons we are cat snobs – we don’t have to worry about heeling nearly as much as a monohull.
Lin and Larry spend most of their time talking about Seraffyn – a 24′ monohull. Our space is probably at least 5x the amount of space they had.
This is why I could not cruise on a small boat. I don’t even like camping unless there is a public restroom. That does not include a port-o-potty. I am spoiled.
This part meant if the wind died or if you heaved-to, you were making no progress towards land. We will have not one but 2 engines, and David is an able-bodied tinkerer!
Ee will probably still try to catch rainwater and will definitely have a water-maker on board, but Starry Horizons has about 200 gallons of water storage. Lin recommends 1.5 gallons per person per day for island hopping (66.67 days for 2 people) or .5 gallons per person day for offshore use (200 days!). That difference is people island hopping tend to be in and out of the water more and require rinse offs, plus water in marinas tends to be dirtier, so if if you are offshore, salt water rinsing is an option for cleaning the decks, etc.
Some parts were extremely relevant.
I have done some research on this before and will probably keep some printouts that will be handy, such as metric to English conversions and Spanish and French words for common food items. Shopping and cooking using local items I find is one of the activities I am very excited about onboard. I like exploring and I like unusual foods. I can not wait to eat locally on the trip!
This bit boggled my mind. My current job requires overseeing several commercial kitchens. I know that restaurant food prep is very meticulous – an exercise I do not extend to my own home. Everything I make is kept as leftovers and not thrown away until it looks bad, smells bad, or tastes bad. My goodness, are we spoiled. Lin often leaves food on the stove to keep and simply reheats it for a few days in a row. She has a lot of food on board with no refrigeration that the normal American would throw away after sitting on the counter for too long. Examples would be eggs and cheeses. Also, she discusses dealing with mold on meats and cheeses with a simple vinegar cleaning.
Lin cooks as I do, pick your protein out and then wing it from there. Meal planning will be important out on crossings to make sure we both stay happy.
This is an area that needs more research. Lin and Larry did a 3 x 3 rotation, but that sounds like not enough deep sleep. Maybe I am wrong. We will find out when we bring Starry Horizons to the states! They also had to be very picky about not getting their bunks damp. Their smaller space made it more difficult to dry off before hitting the sack.
I can’t wait to experience the cruising lifestyle – making friends in every port and bumping into people we know in remote parts of the world, miles from where we saw them last. She provides tips for potlucks and basic cruiser etiquette.
Lin briefly touched on pressure cookers – she said she never uses one! That was also the verdict in the videos from Live Antares. I have a pressure cooker, given to me by a cruiser. I have yet to use it though.
Lin also talked about baking bread as a highlight of a passage. I can understand why – the smell of baking bread makes me happy at home, I can see the morale-boosting potential.
Lin and Larry didn’t fish much, or at least that’s the impression I got. Lin was squeamish about handling the fish they did catch. But fresh fish is one of the things I look forward to most. I will have to find another book to learn more about fishing!
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew. Reading about sailing makes me wish the time would move faster. If you have a sailing themed book you recommend, let me know!
Update: The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew is still on our shelf after four years sailing on Starry Horizons. Check out what else is on our bookshelf.