Once you have your next yacht trip set up, it’s time to make arrangements for provisioning your yacht. It can be hard to know where to start, but we have you covered. Continue reading for some helpful tips on provisioning a yacht.
You have your flights and yacht and you are counting down the days until you set off – it’s time to start thinking about provisioning your yacht and getting things organized onboard.
Provisioning a yacht can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! With this handy guide, we have broken down the steps to take to provisioning a yacht with everything you need and avoid that overwhelming feeling.
There are two ways to provision a yacht – order everything to your boat ahead of time or head to the supermarket upon arrival.
1) What does provisioning a yacht include?
Provisioning a yacht includes ensuring that your boat has enough supplies. Enough water, food and provisions for all of your guests to have a great trip.
Provisioning a yacht includes thinking about the following things (depending on your level of organization):
- How long is the trip?
- What do your guests like/dislike, or if anyone has any allergies?
- Understand who would/will be cooking or preparing the food – will one person take the lead or will guests take it in turns, or will you have a hostess?
- Whether or not you want to create a meal plan?
- How much food/freezer space will you have?
- Create a meal and food inventory and where you can store things
- Look up some recipes/think/discuss what your meal plan wants to include
2) Provisions for your first few days
Whether you create a meal plan or not before your trip, we recommend provisioning a yacht for the first few days and restocking as you go.
Yachts do not have unlimited storage onboard, so if you have a large group, there may not be enough space to store food for your week or two-week-long trip. When you arrive at the base, it is recommended to visit a supermarket and purchase groceries for a few days at a time and revisit in another port on day two or three of your trip.
We recommend going to the supermarket with a list (even if you are provisioning for a few days) to ensure you purchase everything you need and don’t over-purchase and run out of space on board (especially in the freezer and fridge).
3) Provisioning with a skipper or hostess
If you have a skipper or hostess, you will need to think about provisioning a yacht a little differently.
With a hostess for your trip, they will help you create a shopping list, or they can complete a provisioning/preference list in advance and pay for it through APA.
If you don’t have a hostess but have a skipper onboard, you will need to remember to purchase enough food for them and include them in your guest numbers.
4) Our recommended suppliers
You can purchase a provisioning package before your trip (depending on availability and location). These packs are designed to give you the essentials, so you don’t have to go to the supermarket on your first day.
These packages can include food and drink packages containing essential cooking supplies, breakfast for your first morning and snack items to get you through until you visit a supermarket.
Alternatively, numerous online grocery stores will deliver your groceries to your yacht. All you have to do is pre-book and pay online, and they will deliver to your boat at a pre-arranged time (think Tescos delivery).
5) Recommended provisions and the ultimate shopping list
We recommend purchasing the following items at the beginning of your trip:
- Enough water for your trip duration or the first few days (allow for 1.5L per person per day, plus water for cooking)
- Plenty of snacks such as crisps, sweets, biscuits, fruit, cakes, nuts and packaged products that don’t need to be cooked or refrigerated
- Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Provisions such as toilet rolls, washing up liquid, anti-bac spray, bin bags, shampoo, matches etc
- Concentrate more on breakfast and lunch as you may choose to eat dinner in a restaurant
- Pick up fresh produce such as bread and fruits
- Breakfast – fruits, cereal, milk/yoghurt
- Lunch – salads, pasta, cured meats etc