Provisioning Fun

Actually staying aboard for 4 days gave us a much better feel for what would be needed in the short term (the delivery back to Durban) and for later as we make Catarina our future home.

Firstly, a dehumidifier which proved to be worth it’s weight in gold! We installed it in our main bathroom and with the door left slightly ajar, found that it kept the cabin toasty warm and the damp towels dry.

Next up, besides the sleeping bags we had brought with us, we needed pillows and a warm throw. Basic kitchen essentials, such as a whistling kettle, a couple of pots and cutlery, some knives and very basic kitchen gadgets for the crew of four guys to make use of during their delivery trip back to Durban.

Of course, the quintessential food stocks!

Captain Ron with the provision requirements
Our Delivery Skipper Ron with the provision requirements

Whilst I have always been fascinated reading how other cruisers provision, what they choose, what they eat, how they prepare it and of course, where they store it all, there is nothing quite like experience.  Books and many blogs and articles have been written on the subject and I’m sure I’ve read them all!  So, after a sortie with Our Delivery Skipper, who would be in charge of the vessel, her safety, the safety of the crew and their nourishment for the trip back to Durban, shopping lists were drawn up and I set off excitedly.  We had a great deal of fun running (yes, literally) through various supermarkets, Hubby and me, literally searching for EXACTLY what was suggested/recommended/requested.  “He said ‘rooibos chai’ not ‘five roses chai tea’!”

“Okay you go this way and I’ll go that way…”




And so it went….

Breakfasts were a choice of cereals, toast and marmalade/preserves, bacon & eggs, baked beans on toast and fruit, even pancakes with honey.

Lunches were cold meats, cheeses, crackers (assorted), crispbreads, pickles and on one day I had randomly included pea and ham soup.

Snacks were biscuits, crackers, biltong and apples

Dinner was an assortment of frozen meals which came from Freezer-land, which I believe is a factory outlet for Woolworths frozen dinners.  Lasagna, bolognaise, cottage pie and large enough to feed a small family or two hungry guys!  Fresh chopped butternut roasted with honey, salads in abundance.  Extra potatoes and onions, bacon and boerewors should any one of them have felt inclined to cobble that together for a scratch-made meal.

Well it was an interesting shop (many shops), with rolls of paper toweling and paper plates saving washing up after each meal.  I must say I learned a lot.  I also learned that Pick n Pay at the Waterfront deliver to the Yacht Club, right to your boat in fact, passing the packets up to you!

I was impressed by the amount of storage space Catarina offered, including fridge and freezers.  Way impressed!  I know it was only a week’s provisioning but everything had to be thought of, for four guys, from their beverages, to water and sodas, juice, salt pepper and other condiments, jams, butter and bread, oil, salad dressing and the like …..

The security chaps back at the Durban Marina scored four days later.




We Meet Again


imageSuper excited to be on board Catarina again, we disembark impatiently from our Durban flight, having spent the entire travel time going over checklists of items still needing to be purchased, fitted and checked over, all prior to her homecoming sail, scheduled for the following week. Time has literally flown and dragged at the same time and I’m pretty sure that Catarina, herself is quite tired of strangers climbing all over her decks, fixing, delivering, overhauling and safety-checking things.

Hubby has mixed emotions bordering on nervous hysteria over his impending SAS Coastal skipper’s examination, coupled with the sheer elation of being a part of the sailing team bringing Catarina from Cape Town.

Far removed from such maudlin thoughts, I contemplate profoundly more important matters, such as the how and what colours to decorate the interior and of course the food storage, because everyone knows that a well-stocked galley rates right up there with soft pillows, pretty surroundings and comfortable mattresses.

imageOur first priority – a dehumidifier, which proved to be a wise choice, giving us a toasty warm bathroom first thing on a chilly Cape Town morning as well as dry towels.