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post #7 of Old 10-17-2012
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Re: BVI budget

We will be in the BVI in Feb for our third charter there. Provisioning: think about what you typically eat for breakfast/lunches if weekend sailing at home, and multiply by number of days on charter. We like to order provisioning in advance and have it delivered to the boat, but we do a la carte ordering, picking and choosing items from the list. (don't do your ordering while hungry!) We supplement by carrying in our (large) duffel bag from home things like peanut butter, mixed nuts, coffee, tea, boxed rice mixes, cookies, cans of tuna, and other portable, non-breakable items. Most of these items are much cheaper at home. Zip lock storage bags are a good item to bring down, and pack the food items in, inside the duffel. We provision for breakfasts, lunches (sandwiches, fruit, yogurt) and 3-4 dinners on board, one of which is eggs of some sort (omelettes, scrambled) and salad. That is usually the last dinner on board, when we have used up the chicken/hamburger. Definitely order LESS THAN YOU THINK. Eating on board for a few dinners helps cut costs and is relaxing. There are some nights you just want to relax, hang out in your cockpit and watch the sunset and grill something, rather than jumping in the dinghy and heading for a restaurant. A mix of going out and staying on board works well. Again, underestimate what you will need. No chips left on the last charter day is better than two unopened bags of chips left that get taken by the cleaning crew... they are expensive down there! Hope this helps.
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