Whether you’re going on a charter or a cruise on your own boat, getting the right stuff on board is a key to future happiness. That’s particularly true if you have more than a few people on board – each with his or her ideas about what to eat and drink. You want to keep everybody happy, but you also don’t want to buy too much, or too little, to last for the duration of your cruise. Here are eight tips from the people at The Moorings about how to make some basic provisioning decisions:
Provisioning your yacht can seem like an overwhelming task — What do we need? How much should we buy? What will stay fresh? There is definitely some strategy involved with choosing the right items to ensure you don’t end up with a surplus of salsa but no tortilla chips for dipping (gasp!). Lucky for you, we’ve been the industry leaders for more than 50 years, and have mastered the art of yacht provisioning. We are happy to share our top tips to ensure your charter vacation is as relaxing and rewarding as possible.
1. Check with your group to make sure you know exactly what they like/dislike. Be sure to take into consideration any fellow crew members that may have food allergies or special dietary needs. If someone on board requires or desires a specific item that might not be readily available at your charter destination, make arrangements to bring it with you when you travel!
2. Organization is key to proper planning and efficient provisioning. You certainly don’t need to set a strict schedule for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the more precisely you know the total number of meals you want to have aboard the boat, the better. It helps to jot down a list of ingredients needed for each meal.
3. Don’t be shy when it comes to snack foods. There’s just something about the sun, the sea, and the intimacy of a private yacht that provides the perfect setting for swapping stories and sharing snacks with your favorite people. Whether it’s hummus and veggie sticks, island-inspired fruit cocktails, or a full-fledged charcuterie board with a variety of cheeses, you’ll be glad to have plenty of “light bites” on board. It’s easy to work up an appetite from all the fun water activities, so things like nuts and granola bars are ideal to have on-hand in the galley.
4. Sure, you’ll be surrounded by rejuvenating saltwater wherever you go, but fresh water is harder to come by. We can’t stress enough the importance of having plenty of drinking water with you. Being out in the sun all day feels great on your skin, but it also dehydrates the body, so we recommend at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Read more: