January 13, 2013
Introduction to Life Aboard [Video]
This video was originally released as a Behind The Scenes exclusive for our supporters and educational outreach program. We’ve taken the original and edited it a little bit (with our new found but minimal skills).
What’s it like to live aboard a small boat and sail offshore in search of icebergs? How do you fit 3 people and a cat, plus all that camera equipment aboard a 28′ boat? How do you cook, and do you have a refrigerator on board? Where do you sleep? Do you have any privacy? These are questions we get asked often… and this video answers most of those inquiries. Please comment and share!
Secrets To A Successful Voyage
It’s a small boat, and we are always in each others stuff! That’s an understatement. It’s communal living on steroids. Living together in a 100 square foot space… if that, teaches (forces) respect. You have to pitch in and do your share of cooking, cleaning, and getting out of the others way when moving about the cabin. So be sure to do your part… and please keep yours in your bunk and covered while sleeping.
And never forget the ‘salza’ (watch the video for reference). When the weather gets rough, and cooking is not an appealing option, chips & salsa make an awesome dinner. One of the best parts about this meal is the chip crumbs you find under the cockpit cushions the next day, which make for a welcome and tasty surprise on a lonely watch. (Be sure to keep that one a secret from your fellow crew members)
Baking cookies underway daily is a sure fire way to keep your crew happy. I like to replace half the butter with peanut butter, but never really measure the peanut butter—that makes for a messy measuring cup—it’s easy enough to eyeball it. Tip: Sleeping cats make great butter warmers, but make sure they are definitely sleeping.
These are just a few of the ways we have had success keeping our little ship and crew happy! What are your techniques?