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Old 25-07-2016, 12:51   #1
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Newbie questions re: meals/provisioning of charters

Hi all,

We are two couples interested in chartering a skipper-only catamaran for a week in either the Abacos, Exumas, or BVIs. We are envisioning the trip as a "tour" of various beach bars and seafood shacks, and therefore would be interested in having only a few meals onboard the boat (maybe 2 dinners and 2 lunches during the course of a week). Is that doable on a skippered charter? If so, does the skipper cook and/or provision the boat, or would that be our responsibility? The best cook among us would have trouble with anything beyond cold cuts, so this is a real concern! If we would be in charge of the handful of meals, is it customary and/or polite to prep those meals for the skipper as well?

If the above is not really doable and the only alternative is a crewed charter, are such charters generally flexible with respect to meals? Mostly I'm seeing crewed charters for which the rate includes all or nearly all meals onboard the boat, which is a deal-breaker for us. Any guidance as to what the "norms" are with respect to meals on skippered/crewed boats would be very much appreciated!

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Old 26-07-2016, 05:23   #2
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Newbie questions re: meals/provisioning of charters

Welcome to the forum!

It's easily doable in the BVI. I've done many skippered charters in the USVI/BVI area and have no problem creating an itinerary that has shoreside food options for lunch and dinner everyday if that's what is wanted. Working for a charter company, I see people over provisioning all the time. Of course any alcoholic beverages left over are utilized and not thrown out!!!

Enjoy your trip.

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