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Old 06-03-2015, 20:39   #1
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Cooking on board charter boat in St Martin

We enjoy cooking and will be chartering with our children (3,5) for 10 days later this month out of St Martin and want to make meals on the boat. We are going to try to not open the fridge too much to keep down engine usage. Any favorite meal ideas that can be made with the standard charter boat kitchen supplies? We have thought about bringing the pressure cooker, but probably not. Might bring Quinoa, powdered milk, freeze-dried berries, pan bread--things we would not expect to find there--and chart out a course to find markets where we can refresh on perishables.
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Most charter boats I have seen have an adequate, if basic, galley set up with a two burner hob sometimes without an oven. Anything that can be cooked in one or two pans should be possible. Although I love my pressure cooker, I'd leave it behind for a ten day holiday.

You'll probably find that you open the fridge far more frequently for drinks than for food!

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Doubt there's much you won't find 'Dutch Side'... its well and truely American..
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Old 11-03-2015, 05:37   #4
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Hi FecklessDolphin,
We are chartering out of St. Martin in October with our one and 4 year old sons. I would be very interested in hearing how your trip went. Our boys have been sailing regularly since they were born but only day sails around the Charleston area. I am sure that there are some things we will realize we should have prepared for after we are on the boat.

As for your question, we just booked the trip so haven't done much research yet but it sounds like meat is very expensive down there. We are thinking about bring a cooler with meat down with us and buying the dry and baked goods along with the fruits and veggies down there. There's a store down there called Cost-U-Less that is supposedly like costco and across the street from it a regular grocery store called Grand Marche. Looks like it's in between the airport and Oyster Pond where we are chartering from.

Hope you have a great trip!
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Re: Cooking on board charter boat in St Martin

Great plan FecklessDolphin, but beware of the temptations of evenings ashore...

We attempted to do the same in the BVI with a crew of eight and ended up breakfasting, snacking and drinking aboard and spending a crew average of $300+ per night on evening meals and drinks. Oh but the Pussers Painkillers were wonderfully moresome!

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Mkronquist.
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Thanks so much GordMay! My husband and I have talked for a long time about selling everything, buying a boat, and cruising the world. This charter is the first "real" step, albeit a small one. If all goes well with the kids our next step would probably be to purchase a boat and place it in a charter fleet. I really look forward to being a part of this forum and learning more about making our dream a reality
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Re: Cooking on board charter boat in St Martin

There are no "markets" on St Martin! Whadda ya think this is? Some backward bloody 3rd world country??

You buy stuff in supermarkets just like you people do at home.

Bring 'pan bread'? On an island with a French bakery on every corner? You guys are misinformed to the hugest degree.
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Re: Cooking on board charter boat in St Martin

We just got back from a charter in St.Martin out of Marigot on the French side. It was a dream vacation. We ate like kings on and off the boat. On the boat we used the stove and BBQ for steaks, burgers, shrimp pasta, traditional meatball pasta, and fish. Quick sail up to Anguilla and dinner on the beach at Elvis's Beach bar...down to Le Select in St.Bart's for a cheeseburger in paradise. Amazing.
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Hi Bolitho,
Do you mind sharing what kind of prices you encountered on St. Martin, Anguilla, and St. Barts? I've seen some posts warning of extremely high prices but it's always presented as what the total bill was. I'm wondering what a typical meal cost - burger and fries, fish, shrimp, lobster, etc. Obviously there are nicer restaurants that are going to be very high priced, but your typical beach restaurant is probably where we are most interested in going. I expect food that must be imported to be more expensive, but is seafood reasonably priced since it's able to be locally sourced? Thanks in advance for any info!
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Bring 'pan bread'? On an island with a French bakery on every corner? You guys are misinformed to the hugest degree.
+1... My wife once flew home with a bunch of bread and pastries from sarafinas' in her carry on.

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Re: Cooking on board charter boat in St Martin

Mark, thanks for chiming in as I hoped you would. I thought you might go easier on me, however, since I agreed with you about the charm of Road Bay. I will certainly go ashore for fresh bread. Can you turn me on your favorite bakeries?.

As for bringing meat down, one year I brought down my favorite dry aged steaks. They lasted most of the week, but I am not sure I kept the fridge as cold as I should have (given my disdain for the sound of an engine) and I threw out the last one.
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I just went shopping to Grand Marche next to the Lagoon...

And measured the fresh meat aisle... Its 50 meters/yards long. On one side fresh, the other preserved. The frozen meat is in another aisle. Fresh ground beef, regular quality, USD$2.50 per pound. (10 NAF per Kg). Chicken similar. Most expensive cuts of meat for regular meat about $20 per pound.

The kids food/ powdered milk extends one whole side of an aisle. The adult powdered milk, uht unrefrigerated milk is half an aisle.

Most expensive French wine USD$711, most expensive cognac $1,400. Rum about $10 bottle.

The fresh milk, dairy etc is, as you can see, extensive.


As is fresh veges
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I will certainly go ashore for fresh bread. Can you turn me on your favorite bakeries?.

As for bringing meat down, one year I brought down my favorite dry aged steaks.
Dry aged beef is pretty specialised. Yes u can bring that down
There is a store on the French side on the way to Save U supermarket that has that level of meat... But its not cheap.

All the bakeries are good because the French would beat them up if they got a substandard baguette.
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