I lived in my shanty-boat for several years and each year the blow-boater snow-birds would migrate south for the great adventure, usually a three month cruise to the Bahamas on the high seas (about forty mile from Miami). They would hop around from one island to another in small flotillas, looking for that post-card beach, swimming in the nude, and drinking rum drinks until they were sick and complain about how much food costs to cruise (there is nothing grown in the Bahamas, not as banana, mango, pine-apple, or tomato; it is all grown somewhere else. There is basically no soil there to grow anything in; just rock. That and Bahamians are unbelievably lazy and shiftless people, for the most part. This means that if you want cruise longer on a budget, you gotta bring what you eat along with you and there isn't a lot of room on a sailboat (don't start; I've been on them and know all about the little nooks and crannys ship-shape shit). Some of the cruisers found a unique solution to food storage that I thought I might pass on; they located a cannery that would prepare and can bulk items for them. Tins of pot-roast, chickens, corn, beans, butter, venison roasts, whatever. If you want it cooked and canned, they do it and do it very cheaply. The labels are just plain white paper. The canning costs, at least at Green Cove Springs, is cheaper than I could buy jars and do it myself. It occurs to me that most small commercial canneries might be willing to make runs for a co-op, especially when the harvest is slowing down. Meat and fish might be a easy thing to persuade them to can during the winter months.