You have already reserved your flights and chartered a yacht, and the number of days until your departure is rapidly approaching; now is the time to start thinking about equipping your yacht and getting things organized onboard.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed while trying to provide a boat, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We have provided you with this helpful guide in which we have broken down the steps that need to be taken in order to provide a boat with all that is required in order to prevent the sense of being overwhelmed.
Provisioning a yacht for a charter may be done in one of two ways: either you can arrange everything to be delivered to your boat in advance, or you can go to the supermarket as soon as you arrive.
1. Yacht provisioning
2. Getting Ready for Your First Few Days
3. Provisioning with the assistance of a skipper or hostess
4. Our suggested shops and online shops
5. Suggestions for provisions and the ultimate shopping list
What everything is included in the provisioning of a yacht?
When you provide a yacht, you are making sure that it has adequate supplies for the charter that you have booked.
All of your visitors will have a wonderful time on the trip if you bring along sufficient amounts of water, food, and other essentials.
When it comes to provisioning a boat, it is important to consider the following aspects (the specifics of which depend on your degree of organization):
- How long will the journey be?
- What do your guests enjoy, what do they not enjoy, and does anyone have any food allergies?
- Determine who will be in charge of cooking or preparing the food for the event; for example, will one person take the lead, would attendees take it in turns, or will you have a hostess?
- If you do not wish to develop a meal plan, what are your reasons?
- How much space will you have for food and freezer storage?
- Make a list of the meals and foods you have available, as well as the places where you may store stuff.
- Do some recipe research, think about what you want your meal plan to contain, and have a conversation about it.
Provisions for the first several days of your journey.
We recommend equipping a boat for the first few days of your journey and then refilling as you go; this is true regardless of whether or not you establish a meal plan before your vacation.
Because yachts do not have infinite storage aboard, traveling for a week or two weeks’ worth of food may be difficult if you have a large group because there may not be enough space on the yacht. It is suggested that as soon as you get at the base, you go to a grocery store and stock up on provisions to last you for the next several days. On days two and three of your journey, you should do this again at another port.
Even if you are only going to be provisioning for a few days, we advise you to bring a list with you to the grocery store so that you can make sure you get everything you need and don’t overbuy, which might cause you to run out of room on board (especially in the freezer and fridge).
Providing provisions with the assistance of a skipper and hostess
If you have reserved a yacht charter that also includes a captain or hostess, you will need to approach the process of equipping a vessel in a somewhat different manner than you would have otherwise.
When you travel with a hostess, she will either assist you in compiling a shopping list or prepare a provisioning/preference list in advance and arrange for APA (Advance Provisoning Allowance) to cover the costs of the items on the list.
If you do not have a hostess but do have a skipper onboard, you will need to remember to buy adequate food for them and include them in the total number of guests that you are expecting.
Our suggested shops and online shops
On many yacht charters, you have the option of purchasing a provisioning package in advance of your voyage (depending on availability, charter provider and location). Because these packs are intended to provide you with the necessities for your yacht rental, you won’t need to make a trip to the grocery store on the first day of your trip.
These packages can include food and drink packages with needed cooking ingredients, breakfast for the first morning, and snack items to get you through until you can go to a store that sells groceries.
You also have the option of using one of the many online grocery stores, which will transport your supplies directly to your yacht. All you have to do is make a reservation and make payment online, and they will bring the food out to your boat at the time that you specified in advance.
Provisions that are recommended in addition to the definitive shopping list
It is highly recommended that you make purchases of the following products before the start of your trip:
- A sufficient amount of water for the entirety of your vacation or the first few days (allow for 1.5L per person per day, plus water for cooking)
- A large selection of ready-to-eat snacks that do not require heating or refrigeration, such as potato chips, candy, cookies, fruit, cakes, and nuts, as well as other pre-packaged foods.
- There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available.
- Provisions such as toilet paper, dishwashing soap, antibacterial spray, washing up liquid, trash bags, shampoo, matches, and other such items.
- You could decide to have supper out, so you should put more of your focus on getting a good breakfast and lunch.
- Grab some freshly baked bread and some fruits while you’re out.
- Fruit, cereal, and either milk or yogurt for breakfast.
- Lunch – salads, spaghetti, cured meats and other.