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Ok one more question about provisioning... we are chartering a 40' cat from BVI yacht charters, and were wondering how much room there will be for stuff that needs to be refrigerated or frozen??? Another reason to plan on provisioning underway I suppose...
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You'll have enough space for at least 7 days of food for 4 people or so... As long as you eat out once or twice.
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We just got back from a 10 day charter with Sunsail in the BVI's with just my husband, daughter and I. Provisioned most of the liquor at Tico's since they had my favorite wine at a decent price, and used Bobby's for the staples, (although we found out we could walk to the store across the street once we were there). We bought only enough for 4 days, knowing we would provision again in Spanish Town. We ate one meal ashore each day. Worked great. We could choose from lunch or dinner, although we found the best bang for your buck is with the lunch menu. Good food at a more reasonable price. When we returned the only thing I had to throw was a small assortment of condiments and half a loaf of bread. Have a fun trip!
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Other people have said that we'd be sent a cruising guide. Sunsail did not send a cruising guide and said in our confirmation that one would be available on board when we arrive. We're going to buy one ahead of time.
If your local library has them, loan it out, don't buy since there will be one on your Sunsail boat.

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Good provisioning is available just about everywhere in the BVI now, with the exception of Jost where things ($20 for a can of Off) remain very expensive.
...and don't forget Advil, Aleve or any other OTC "painlkiller" (not the potent potable) of choice. We did last time down and paid $19 for a small bottle.

As for provisioning, we usually pre-order the heavy stuff like canned goods, water and other beverages ahead of time to be delivered to the boat. We've done it both through Sunsail & Riteway and will probably do it through Riteway again. When we arrive, we go to the local Riteway market to select the fresh items. It's a short walk from the Moorings/Sunsail/Footloose Base @ Wickham's Cay II.

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Thanks, Boxed. Good point on the painkillers. I'll add them to my list.

We ditched the Sunsail provisioning and we're ordering direct from Bobby's and planning a few meals at restaurants.

I did buy the cruising guide as I'll use it again in the future and I'm a note-taker. I want to have it to reference both for future trips and to look back on our first trip.

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I did buy the cruising guide as I'll use it again in the future and I'm a note-taker. I want to have it to reference both for future trips and to look back on our first trip.
You will definitely be back so it was a good investment. Have a great time!

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I bought the cruising guide as well. There is no way i would want to go with out having done my homework first. Im my opinion the guide is a must have for a first timer. Donna I'm going to be expecting a full report when you get back.lol The only complaint that i have about the cruising guide is every place in it sounds amazing and i want to see it all!

We never would have thought about hanging out in Road Town but the cg said it had some great shopping and a historical museum etc etc. so when my wife saw that, it was a must see on our (her) list. On second thought maybe the guide is a bad idea.
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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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The whole bit of getting on the boat, sorting things out, getting briefed, and getting underway is a mad scramble.
The sooner you adjust to "Island Time", the less of a scramble it becomes.

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... 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.
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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 ...
We're arriving on Saturday. We don't have the briefing and leave the dock until Sunday but that was a good idea about the sandwich. We're one boat going with our sailing club and we've already made arrangements and reservations to have dinner together nearby on Saturday night before all the boats scatter among the islands on Sunday.

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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.
Fantastic!!!

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