Questions & Answers
Provisioning: is it worth it?
You get what you pay for, but you will almost always order too much.
Before we get there though check to see what they already include with the cost of your charter. This is an important one to know. You won't know the full value of your charter either without knowing this info. Provisions can be expensive. As an example, you may see 2 identical yachts at 2 different charter companies. If one is $500 less than the other but comes with no basic provisions it might actually cost more after you have bought the basics.
Common items provided for free with your paid charter
Bottle of Rum (A.K.A. Caribbean Water)
Bottle of Spring Water
Roll Paper Towel
Complementary bag of ice
Condiments (salt & pepper)
One roll toilet tissue per head/shower
OFF Insect Repellent
2 Trash Bags
All linens including towels for the heads (Bring your own beach towels)
Do they have a provisioning process? Ask for a price and item list if it hasn't been provided with your "charter welcome kit."
You can get the basic provisions from the charter company. These are the baseline items you will always need. Additional BBQ charcoal, more trash bags, extra Ice for the cooler, bread, sandwich meat (or peanut butter / jelly), eggs, meat, and veggies. If you want it fresh, get it though provisioning. You will have the ability to fill in the blanks at local markets and marinas along the way, but it will be difficult to find fresh meat, eggs, veggies, and bread. Anything that can spoil quickly will be harder to find. Or it may already be spoiled sitting in the market. Check expiration dates when shopping! Beer, wine and the like is almost always a better deal in the local market.
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