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Episode 61 of The Sailing Podcast is with Marc and Jen of www.loveatfirstsail.com. They took a 2 year sabbatical with their 3 children to go cruising and experience living aboard. During the hurricane season they travelled to Costa Rica and volunteered at a local orphanage to fulfill some of their goals as a family.

This conversation covered the value of setting goals. Marc and Jen shared how they followed through with some long-term plans to spend time travelling as a family. Having recently returned to land, we hear about their life has changed after cruising.

There are links below to some of the resources mentioned during the podcast. We covered a range of topics and Marc and Jen are happy to answer your questions if you would like to know more. Just visit them at www.loveatfirstsail.com.

During the interview we hear about:

  • Homeschooling while cruising and after
  • Whether to sell the family home
  • The value of sail training before you head off

 

Love at first sail

There were some very good lessons to take away from this interview with Marc and Jen. The topic of goal setting has come up recently in the interview with Jack Bouttell. Marc and Jen were very focused on achieving certain goals with their life and family. Part of the focus can be attributed to writing down their goals and looking at them every day because they were posted in the wardrobe.

I have a couple of suggestions of books to read about goal setting and how this helps to achieve success. The first is 'The Miracle Morning' by Hal Roth and the second is 'Life in Half a Second', by Matthew Michalewicz. Marc also mentioned during the podcast the well known book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. If you have any recommendations on resources or methods that helped you achieve your goals please share them in the comments below. If people are interested I will share how I put my Miracle Morning routine together and how it has helped me to focus more on my goals.

Homeschooling was another topic we heard about from Marc and Jen. The teaching side of things seemed to have been coordinated by Jen and during the interview she mentions a post on the Love at First Sail website. This post 'Boatschooling: What's it really like?' lays out their experiences and also the resources Jen found helpful for homeschooling on the yacht. The topic of homeschooling is a challenge for any family. Marc expressed how it was a major concern of his when they left to go sailing. It appears that everything turned out fine - actually it worked so well that Jen has continued with homeschooling after returning to land after their sailing adventure. If you have any questions regarding homeschooling just visit www.loveatfirstsail.com and use the contact details there to get in contact with Marc or Jen, who were happy to help anyone out there putting their own family sailing trip together. At the time of this recording the yacht 'Adagio', a 2005 Jeanneau Sun Oddessy 49, was on the market at Yachtworld and I found this great walk-though of the yacht on YouTube:  

 

 

During the interview we heard about how Marc and Jen found a lot of information for planning by joining groups on Facebook. Mentioned on the Resources Page at Love at First Sail is the group Kids4Sail , which offers information for the cruising families out there as well as those intending to go sailing. There is another Facebook group - Bahamas Cruising and Sailing, which I have been following along with lately. Do you know any other good Facebook groups about sailing? Post them to the comments below.  

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Episode 60 of The Sailing Podcast is with Carolyn Shearlock of www.theboatgalley.com. Carolyn agreed to do a Q & A podcast, answering questions that listeners had emailed in over the past couple of weeks.

Carolyn and her husband Dave have spent many years cruising on their monohull Que Tal, a Tayana 37' and are currently in Florida getting ready to head off again on their new boat, a Gemini 105M catamaran.

During the interview we hear Carolyn answer questions about:

  • Storing food when you have limited refrigeration
  • How to store your fresh fruit and vegetables aboard
  • Cooking fish and advice on pressure cookers

 

The Boat Galley

Carolyn has collected all her resources at www.theboatgalley.com. If there are questions you had that we were unable to cover in the podcast head to theboatgalley.com and use the search bar, in the top right hand corner, to see if there is an article on your topic. There is also the Boat Galley Cookbook available on Amazon. Many listeners, who submitted questions, praised the cookbook as a must-have for cruising sailors.

Marc Konesco from loveatfirstsail.com says 'Carolyn's book was a great reference for us and we got lots of information from her for our trip'.

Kelly from sailingchance.com says, 'I love the Boat Galley! Carolyn has been so incredibly helpful along my personal cruising and sailing journey'.

You can stay in contact with Carolyn at the following places:

Facebook - facebook.com/theboatgalley

Instagram - instagram.com/theboatgalley

The Boat Galley
Photo: Paz, cutest crew member ever

Some of the questions covered in the episode were:

Q - How to preserve food with limited refrigeration?

A - The trick is to make the best use of the refrigerator space you do have, by learning what doesn't need to be refrigerated and other items that don't need to be refrigerated until open, etc.

Q - From Ron A - who was a guest on the Medsailor podcast

How can you store items like eggs, cheese and butter without refrigeration?

A - Look for UHT (long life) milk to store in the boat. There are some great substitutes such as Nestle NIDOpowdered milk and many options for people who don't like milk, such as soy milk or rice milk out there.

Q - Oceantrader and Bruce had asked about storing and preserving eggs.

A - The only trick is that you need to get eggs that haven't been refrigerated – and in the US, it can be very hard to find them! Maybe look for a local farmer's market or find someone who raises their own chickens! Q - What is the best way to store various vegetables for long distance sailing?

A - Most fruits and vegetables can be kept anywhere from a few days to a month or longer without refrigeration. It begins when you buy the items: best if it's never been refrigerated and no bruises or blemishes

Q - Matt had asked - I have heard of people removing labels of cans, spraying produce with vinegar to avoid pests. Do you do this?

A - I dunk all the produce in a vinegar and water rinse when I first bring it aboard. I fill a good sized pot with a gallon or so of water, and then add maybe a quarter cup – 50 ml or so – of white vinegar. Swish things around well to get dirt and bugs off, then lay it out to dry. The vinegar also helps to prolong the life of the fruit and veggies – particularly soft foods like berries. Just make sure it's 100% dry before putting it away – this is really key for not having rotting food

Q - Anne had asked 'which types of vegetable/fruit can be kept together, and which should be separated for slower ripening and flavor encroachment?' A -Some foods have to be kept away from others and some need special care:

  • Citrus: wrap in foil
  • Onions and garlic – keep in dark but not with potatoes (potatoes sprout)
  • Potatoes – in dark
  • Tomatoes if unripe, keep in dark place; if ripe, use within two days

Lots more info on the specifics on the Boat Galley web site and in the cookbook

There were some questions we didn't have time to cover and I found some answers on Carolyn's website:

Q - Mike had asked 'What about sun ovens onboard?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/solar-ovens/

Q - Phillip asked 'Which is best type of stove? LPG, Kerosene, Alcohol?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/using-an-alcohol-stove/

http://theboatgalley.com/kerosene-stoves/

http://theboatgalley.com/propane-101/

Q - James had asked about recipes for Taro

A - No suggestions from Carolyn but James had found the following resource - http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/x5425e/x5425e01.htm

Q - Martin and Colin had asked about Herbs and Spices aboard

A - http://theboatgalley.com/fresh-herbs-spices-dried/

I found all the above answers by simply entering the term into the search bar at The Boat Galley. If you have any additional questions, try searching the website or write in the comments below.  

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