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8 Hours Ago 07:16 PM
Minnewaska
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

This past winter, we chartered out of St. Thomas at CYOA and sailed over the BVI. I would have assumed that was tougher than it turned out to be. The convenience of not dealing with the Ferry and the cattle pen of customs at Road Town was outstanding and the boat never had a single breakdown!

Wasn't sure if you already booked directly out of BVI. By the way, we used Grocery Goddess to custom provision at the dock at CYOA. They did a great job.
10 Hours Ago 05:39 PM
DRFerron
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

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BTW, we recommend taking a slip at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor (Spanish town), where you can refill the water tank, stock up at the waterfront grocery/liquor store and take a taxi to the Baths (instead of swimming in from the dinghy mooring). None of this is free, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the slip fee. Alternatively, you could take a long walk to the Baths and check out the local restaurants on the way. If you want a really nice dinner, go to The Top of the Baths in time to catch the sunset. We've never been disappointed by the food or the service. It isn't for the budget-minded, but the prices are reasonable for the quality.
Revisiting this thread now that we're on our way back. We did take a slip at VGYH and yes, the price was surprisingly low compared to Chesapeake Bay prices.

And after doing careful research, The Baths had THE BEST Painkillers. I'll have to see if that research is still valid.
10-21-2012 01:57 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

Yes you are correct Dry Ice should be labeled Dry Ice on the cooler and state the weight of the ice which you should estimate at 5.5 lbs... if you purchase the dry ice 2 days before your flight it will convert to a gas at 5 to 10 lbs per 24 hr period depending on the insulation of the container. I purchase 25lbs 2 days before travel I pack the cooler the night before so timing the arrival at check in so 5lbs will be left in the cooler when we arrive at the airport. This gives enough time to get to the boat and unpack the frozen food.
10-21-2012 01:14 PM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

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yea that makes sense... but they didn't ask what we had in the cooler and we didn't offer even when it went through the other luggage area for none conforming luggage.

My understanding is that it is YOUR responsibility to tell them, not their's to ask you for it. Obviously, they cannot ask for any piece of luggage if you happen to have dry ice in it (or any of many other unusual items that may require special handling) so it is up to you to tell them.

Just remember next time. I have traveled with dry ice and it was never a problem.
10-21-2012 12:57 PM
NVCATS
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

yea that makes sense... but they didn't ask what we had in the cooler and we didn't offer even when it went through the other luggage area for none conforming luggage.
10-21-2012 12:39 PM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

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Pack the cooler frozen food with Dry ice if your fight time is long but since your only and dry ice is light and allowed on commercial airlines
I believe that is correct but you have to TELL the airline that you have dry ice in there. This is because there is a maximum number of dry ice allowed on the aircraft and they need to know how much there is. If you don't tell them, you might be in trouble.
10-21-2012 09:36 AM
NVCATS
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

Pack the cooler frozen food with Dry ice if your fight time is long but since your only and dry ice is light and allowed on commercial airlines
10-21-2012 09:34 AM
NVCATS
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

for a week...take a cooler full of the protein you want to eat since it is the most expensive part of the provision and you can take up to 40lbs of food into the BVI and Airline will allow a cooler in exchange of a check bag. men usually only need a carry on so you can still take all the usual stuff. Eating out in the BVI is not that expensive TICO in the British Virgin Islands is the best place to buy booze their a wholesaler and sell to the public as well as deliver to your boat in most cases if you buy enough, their across the street from the Ample Hamper. Bobby's supermarket is on the cheaper side for the basic stuff and Rite way has everything Ample Hamper for specialty foods
08-24-2012 08:41 PM
bobnpaula
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

we've done a number of charters, including BVI. We focus on having breakfast items, lunch items, snacks and beverages, plus plan about 3 dinners on board during a week's charter. One dinner is usually omelettes and salad (using up the eggs). We bring things like coffee/tea/sugar/crackers/cookies/tuna/cereal with us from home, and use the "a la carte" page on the charter company's provisioning list, to pick and choose only the items we want. (cold cuts/cheese/yogurt/fruit, etc). Go out for dinner. On a few nights, grill chicken/burgers/pork tenderloin on board, with rice pilaf or couscous (boxes we bring from home) and salad or veg. Keep it simple with the onboard cooking... you're on vacation! I am not a big fan of grocery stores when on vacation, so I like having the a la carte items delivered to boat. When trying to decide amounts of things, less is more. You can always add to what you bought, and usually there will be stuff left over at the end of the charter. We get creative the last day or so, using up what is left. Everyone's tastes and habits are different, but think about how you eat on your boat when weekend cruising at home and go from there.
03-28-2012 03:22 PM
Maytrix
Re: BVI: Alternative to Full Provisioning

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The sooner you adjust to "Island Time", the less of a scramble it becomes.
And it's best not to rush things. Check the entire boat over and make sure everything is working. Flush each head, run the shower, check that it drains..etc. Better to find an issue at the dock then run into it that night.

This is on big reason why sleeping aboard is a great option, although we haven't slept aboard our past few trips - just spend the time needed checking things over.
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