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BOAT LIFE: The DIRTY SECRET We All Struggle With | Harbors Unknown Ep. 79


Location: San Blas Islands Panamá
Latitude: 9.57000000
Longitude: -78.79000000
Published: 25 Oct 2022

BOAT LIFE: The DIRTY SECRET We All Struggle With | Harbors Unknown Ep. 79

We’ve been cruising for 16 months now and it makes us proud to know that we generate our own power and make our own water, and as long as we provision enough food we can take our home so many places and experience the beauty of our amazing planet on our own terms. Today we’re sharing how we live off-grid on our sailing catamaran, how some people we meet in remote places like Kuna Yala live their lives, and the dirty secret we all struggle with.

We rise with the sun, and take in our waterfront view from the comfort of our bed before starting our day. We check the batteries to make a very important decision- how we’ll make coffee, electric or gas kettle. With just 52% battery power, gas it is. We have about 45 gallons of water so we’ll make water today and wash some clothes. One of our neighboring Kuna’s sails by in his cayuco, a dugout canoe, just as we walk outside. Each morning off-grid starts like this.

To power our lifestyle we have 1060 watts of solar, 720 amp hour lithium batteries, a Fischer Panda 10000i generator, and a 120 amp alternator on each engine. Our boat is 2 1/2 years old now and these items were purchased earlier than that. Lithium and solar technology has evolved immensely since then and most people we’ve talked to have a lot more solar and lithium on board.

In this episode you’ll see how we get our seafood and produce here in Kuna Yala. I’m sure you can guess how we get our seafood, but I think you’ll be surprised about the produce. Taking Yoda for walks is also part of our routine & this is where you’ll see what it is we’re all struggling with out here.

We met Ivin on a nearby island where he has embarked on a project to create honeymoon cabanas on the water. He’s removing brush, forging a conch-lined path, growing fruits & vegetables & sells amazing fresh baked coconut bread & focaccia all off-grid. It was interesting to learn a bit more about Kuna culture and thought you’d enjoy it too.

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If you're new here, Harbors Unknown is the story of two dreamers, Kristin & Fabio Potenti, & our dog Yoda. We're a small family living aboard our catamaran, Wanderlust, sailing to Harbors Unknown. Exploring the world, connecting with people and places through the local cuisine, and showing how great food can be cooked on a boat with limited space and resources. Seeking to balance the desire to explore and travel to beautiful, remote locations while leaving no footprint, minimizing the Hawthorne effect of the observers who change the environment she or he observes.

We hope to inspire people and showcase the possibility of living an alternative lifestyle that provides freedom and fulfillment, all while keeping it real. Sharing the trials and tribulations of living off-grid, acknowledging the discomfort of detoxing from the modern world, finding pleasure in the subtleties of nature and joy in simplicity. Attempting to understand what makes the world tick and tock but also trying to gain a deeper comprehension of ourselves and identify what will satisfy that hunger for further exploration, for purpose. We have set off on our voyage sailing around the world, exploring the beautiful waters of South Florida, the Florida Keys, Bahamas, the US East Coast, and Panama. Subscribe now to join our sailing adventure.

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00:00-00:27 Episode Intro
00:28-06:33 Off-Grid Morning’s Onboard
06:34-10:26 The One Thing We All Struggle With
10:27-15:15 Catch and Cook in San Blas Islands
15:16-20:05 An Off-Grid Kuna Project