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03-08-2008 12:20 PM
Chuteman LH2 - Not sure I would agree with the word "significant".
You will have sticker shock compared to your local store no matter what since all the food is shipped in.
The question comes down to 1) Do you have the time 2) Do You want to go shopping yourself.
Some people think it's a waste of good vacation time or are rushed to start the charter, so it's worth the extra few $$$ but it does not cost 50% more to pre-order.

I always enjoy shopping on all the different islands especially when I can go to open fresh markets even when I can't speak the language (ie; french) as you really get to experience another side of the local culture.

However, You WILL save a ton buying from the grocery/liquor store(s) (online or in person) compared to provisioning from charter company.....maybe that's what they meant?
Here are a few more links:
Traveltalkonline: Provisioning - "free delivery"

03-08-2008 09:46 AM
camaraderie If you really want high quality provisions... I would also recommend checking out the "Ample Hamper". Not cheap but REALLY good.

Even if you do most of your provisioning from Bobby's or Riteway...they are worth a visit for some treats.
Since it seems you will be in Roadtown, I will also suggest two other things:
1. Visit the Roti Palace for lunch. If you've never had a will be in for a treat. (Try the boneless chicken!)
2. If you enjoy British food and treats...curries, jams, pasties, bangers, scotch pies etc. try the Best of British shop downtown near the water.

Have fun!!
03-08-2008 08:39 AM
Provisioning in Tortola

We are now three weeks away from our BVI bareboat trip and its time to get serious about provisioning. We have been looking at places like Bobby's and Riteway and having the provisions delivered to the boat. We were talking to some people last night however who had done the BVI trip and they mentioned there would be some significant savings by going to Bobbys or Riteway, once we arrived in Tortola and shopping youreself as opposed to shopping online. Has anyone experienced both...? is there a difference.?
02-29-2008 06:31 AM
matthwh610 DELETED SELF PROMOTION I had a poor experience with Footloose charters in 2006 and put a negative review up there - beware trying to save a few bucks!
01-31-2008 01:10 AM
Chuteman LadyH2: Totally depends on how much You want to roll up your sleeves & if You do enjoy (I do) getting out to see the sights while I shop. If it's a small group, definitely doable.
I've used Bobby's & Riteway (close to Sunsail/ can easily back with bags)
Here's a link where folks talk about it all the time

Just saw this link with a happy customer (sailor) who used in late dec.
01-28-2008 09:58 AM
SAILMONSTER We just got back from the BVI's in November. We used the Moorings and had an absolutely great time. THe Mooring have newer boats and better support than Sunsail and Footloose. As the boats age they move down from Moorings to Sunsail and then into footloose. Saving a few bucks is great but Moorings WILL be there quick if you need assisitance ( head breaks, windlass dies etc...) The last time we went we had a 47 foot Beneteau which was great! 3 couples ( boat got smaller by the day but there is a lot of room ). The year before we had a 47 foot Catamaran which was outstanding even with 4 couples. If you have the option and already sail your own Monohull at home I would go with a cat. It is vacation and you can't sail at night so there will be a lot of down time. The moorings and any other charter company really gets you on provisioning. There are grocery stores close to the moorings base that can save you almost half. That is what we are going to do next time. Diet Coke is like liquid gold there as well if you are a fan of that with a splash of rum stock up. You can bring it on the plane. Most everywhere is really casual. The first time we went we brought nice go out clothes. Just took up space, one outfit will do it. Shorts, a sweatshirt for and night and bathing suits are the only thing we bring now. Make sure not to drink the tap water. One of our crew decided to make coffee with it and we paid dearly. Stick to bottled water. The BVI's is a magical place. Make sure to hit Ivan's on Jost Van Dyke. It is the most relaxing place I've been. Anagada is great too. Make sure to hit Foxy's as well. Pretty commercialized but still lots of fun. Beware the "Fire Water Rum"! Good stuff but has a price the next day The Islanders are very friendly, some of the men are too friendly. I had to have a little chat with some of Native's about crossing the line. It is not unsafe just be aware.

Good luck!

"Sailors Unite"
01-28-2008 08:02 AM

Our bareboat in the BVIs is getting closer, and we are now looking at provisioning for the trip. Bobby's seems to be the big name we see in Tortola, however I was wondering if anyone has used any other company
01-25-2008 05:37 PM
Puerto Ricans

You will find that the PRs enjoy an extended weekend much like a US Holiday. They will be more concentrated a the popular beach areas i.e. Cane Garden, White Bay (at JVD), Pirates (Norman Island).
01-25-2008 07:47 AM
Power Boaters

Are they there the whole week...or just the weekend...?
01-24-2008 11:38 PM
6string I have chartered with Footloose in both 2005 and 2006. Going again this year. With the misses being a teacher, I don't have a choice but to go at Easter. It has been great both times. Easter Mass at Spanish town was great. The locals are wonderful people. Best rythms I've heard in church in a long time.

Weather has been great both times. We first went to North Sound and caught a bouy by the Bitter End. Went to the baths to Norman and Peter, on to Sopers hole before going to JVD. Finish up in Trelis before heading back. Winds ranged from light to moderate (15). Seas were not an issue. Great place to go. Good company to work with. Just remember, your there to relax.

It be islan time Mon!

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