Friday, December 13, 2013

Provisioning for the Bahamas

The Bahamas is surprisingly expensive, specifically for food. They seem to add 100% tax onto everything that's imported, and anything that you receive while there (packages etc) also gets taxed, except oddly enough, boat parts. They also don't have everything and so it's also much harder to find things you need, like spare parts etc. So the trend is to do a serious provision of pretty much everything (especially non-perishables) and get anything you need or any work done on your boat before making that jump to the Bahamas. So as we get closer to that date, that has become our mission.

We made a serious Costco trip in Boca Raton, we almost sunk the dinghy with all our purchases. While its fairly simple to buy things (minus the money dispensing party) but the trickiest part is finding space for this stuff on the boat. Our home is already pretty jam packed full, so how did I manage to add another 125 cans, 40 pounds of dog food, 10 boxes of pasta. 30 rolls of toilet paper, 5 bins of Clorox wipes, 10 boxes of Kraft Dinner (that's how we roll!), 3 giant jars of peanut butter (that is particularly expensive in the Bahamas, John insisted we get 3, he says it's like gold there, so I'm hoping we can use it to barter with the pirates!)8 rolls of paper towers, Costco-size aluminum foil and olive oil, extra toiletries, 60 granola bars, and tons of Costco size snacks, and much more (along with all the food we already had here of course)? The answer: I'm honestly not sure, but I did it!
Can you pick Dexter out from among all the stuff?
Overflowing the cockpit
I stored the majority of the cans in the bilge/under the floorboards. The good thing about the boat is all the hiding spots, the bad thing-I already had them all filled up! So I emptied everything out and made an inventory of all we had and their location. You have no idea ow many times I will tear the place up looking for one ingredient. So now I'll at least know the general location, even though it may be buried under several layers. 
One floorboard spot
On a mission
This one goes deep!
Another great way to add space are hammocks, not human sized ones, that's excessive, but Dexter sized ones (I'm so tempted to put him in one!). That's where I shove all our chips, crackers, cookies, bread, bagels, dried fruit, marshmallows-and whatever else I can fit.
We are in the process of hopefully (fingers crossed!) getting solar panels, which will allow for some refrigeration (praise the lord!). If we manage to cross that bridge, we will do a last provisioning trip of food that needs refrigeration. 
Our pregnant hammock

This isn't even all of it!


  1. I'm impressed with your mission!

  2. Enjoying your adventures, wish we were in warmer climes. Is that a heading sensor in your bilge? If so you probably want to keep ferrous metals away from it. Have a great crossing.

  3. Thanks Ted! We are definitely keeping that in mind, but so far it hasn't affected anything yet!