2. We prepare meals: Even the slightest wave action can make cooking down below a real chore, so prior to weighing anchor, I create a meal plan and get everything ready. I chop the vegetables, cook the rice, get snack foods handy and try to get meals arranged to that all I need to do is warm them up over the stove. Not having to chop, rinse, clean, get ingredients, open cupboards and lift seat cushions makes life at a 20 degree angle while pounding into a head sea much more pleasant. I boil water and fill our thermos so we always have hot water available for tea and I pull out a few Red Bulls so that they are within arms reach. Popcorn has become a recent snack of choice, so we'll make this as well.