Living on a boat is all about the art of simplicity, which is quite complicated in practise. Follow this way of life in the serie `Ropati`. Hopefully it will help you to understand more about the daily boat life.
Come on board of Ropati! First you have to climb on deck. Then you have to grab a cable to stay in balance. Now walk to the aft to ‘our balcony’ and mind your step, while you climb down to enter the cockpit. There you are, in front of the entrance. Congratulations, you have made it. Welcome on Ropati. Please, entrez.
To enter Ropati you have to walk from a little stair. Take care of your head. Even we bang our head against the ceiling almost every week. It’s part of the daily boat life, but it would be nice to avoid this. When you are down the stairs you are standing in the middle of the kitchen. Behind you are two bedrooms, on each side one, and on stabord side you can find the bathroom. Behind the stairs is a technical compartment and the engine room is below the floor, but this room is only very well known by the captain, alias the French Seaman. Behind the kitchen is the living room and another double bedroom.
The kitchen of Ropati is very big in comparison with many other kitchens on boats, but in comparison with a kitchen of an average house it is quite small. The reason why Ropati has a relatively big kitchen, is because the former owner re-built the interior of the boat themselves. This French family was living on Ropati for a couple of years with the four of them, so I guess they really wanted to have enough space to cook, while food is very important for French people. 😉
In the kitchen is a fridge, a number of cupboards with special equipment, to keep all the kitchen stuff on the right place during sailing, two sinks, a cooker with two pits, and an oven. Cooking on land, at anchorage or in a harbour is a piece of cake. You just have to think twice about the boiling and baking time of the food to decide which dish you start to cook with first. That’s it. Luckily the French Seaman and I both love to eat salads, soups and pasta’s, so two pits are enough for us. If you prefer to eat Indonesian rice tables, you might get a bit frustrated about the size of the cooker.
In general I am very satisfied with the equipment, except when we are sailing. Cooking in a postion of almost 90 degrees ;), just to prepare some crappy pasta, is not that fun. Some tools help to keep the pan at it’s place, like metal pan screws, and the cooker is fitted with articulations to correct the boat roll, but in general cooking during sailing is a challenge. Calling it ‘a challenge’ is an understatement, by the way. More stories about cooking and eating on a boat will follow.