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post #38 of Old 03-28-2012
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Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

You will be glad you bought the cruising guide. I suggest you take the map(s) most cruising guides have loose inside the covers to your local copy store, and have a couple of (oversize) copies of the maps made for the trip. Then each evening you can annotate the maps with notes of the days experiences. Makes a great record of the trip, and a wonderful remembrance.

Since you ordered from Bobbi's (good move) you need to be ready for when they deliver the provisions. Well before the trip decide who will a)check off the provisioning list, and b)who will stow things away. The provisioning companies are good at filling the orders, but usually something on the list will not get on your boat. Therefore someone must take the invoice, and check off each item as it is placed on board. The delivery crew will cheerfully take the list of missing items, and bring them back to you in a short while. b) Some ONE person should stow everything. That ONE person will be able to find the relish for the hotdogs for lunch three days out without emptying the whole locker.

The whole bit of getting on the boat, sorting things out, getting briefed, and getting underway is a mad scramble. Suggest you have the provisioning company include a fresh made sandwich from their delicatessan for everyone aboard. It just works out well to clear the inner harbor, raise the sails, and then have a sandwich all ready to eat.

I have never had a liquid that did not taste better with a splash of Mount Gay.

On Tortola there was a shack making smoothies on nearly every beach, + the sidewalk market in Roadtown. Delicious. Many owned by a BVI native who went to Washington and Lee. Fun guy to talk to.
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