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Charter Provisioning: Purchase OR DIY?

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Purchasing a Package

“Choosing a provisioning package can be a great way to maximize your actual sailing time during a limited vacation window, since the boat is stocked and ready to go when you arrive,” says Carolina Wind’s Norwood. “You don’t have to spend a morning or afternoon visiting a supermarket or chasing down the supplies you want.”

Photo courtesy of The Moorings
Photo courtesy of The Moorings

The Moorings, for example, offers a fairly comprehensive choice of provisioning packages. You can choose packages that provide everything you need to cook all meals onboard, or packages that stock only breakfast foods. Split provisioning packages, which provides for daily breakfasts, lunches and snacks and dinners for half the time aboard, are the most popular of the personalized provisioning options. The cost for a split provisioning package averages $29 per person per day.

“You specify how many guests will be on board and the duration of your charter, then you can choose your preferences for breakfast from eggs, bacon and sausage to cereal to yogurt and fresh fruit,” Pedersen explains. “Should you have special dietary needs, we have plenty of options to ensure everyone is accommodated. You can go so far as to specify your preference for type of milk, white or whole wheat bread, turkey bacon, etc. The same goes for lunch and dinner. We also offer a la carte options which allow you narrow down your selections even further.”

Beyond set packages, Dream Yacht Charters staff simply ask you for a shopping list via email prior to the charter. “The only thing you pay for is shopping time and the products bought,” Allison says.

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.


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