Whether it’s the dream of a post-work retirement life or prolonged vacation time carved out of a busy life, the lure of bareboating compels many experienced and novice sailors to think, “I can do this, I’m organized and thorough and ready for a trip like this!”

Bareboating involves chartering a sailboat to navigate and live on for an extended period of time while traveling. Considering the work that goes into this adventure: securing the right sailboat, financing the trip, arranging for maintenance and service staff, fuel, safety, navigational and radio equipment, the concerns of stocking food and beverages seem minor, but everyone on board functions best when well-fed, and wise buying and supplying before you go saves time, money and unnecessary stops later.  Our intake session provides a solid starting point on what you need on board.

When it’s time to set sail, what you put in the pantry matters:

  • Properly stocked before you hoist anchor means no hunger pangs a few miles out to sea. You eat on your schedule, any time of day or night.
  • The right mix of foods is important. Foods that also double as ingredients for other dishes do double duty in tight storage space.
  • Allergic and food-borne illnesses happen anywhere. A prepared pantry equals less likelihood of gastric troubles or adverse reactions requiring speedy docking for a hospital visit.
  • Delicate, highly perishable items spoil quickly and disposal is not always convenient at sea, forcing you to live with unpleasant odors in close quarters.

Grocery basics for the refrigerator/freezer

  • Milk (a small container of fresh product for cooking and coffee)
  • Butter (can be frozen)
  • Cheese (hard cheeses have the longest shelf life)
  • Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, seafood cocktail sauce
  • Fruits and Vegetables (a small amount fresh, but consider produce that freezes well and defrosts without degradation, or can be used in recipes, such as grapes, berries, onions, spinach, kale, corn, peas, peaches, tomatoes and broccoli)
  • Proteins (chicken, turkey, beef, fish, seafood)
  • Bacon
  • Lemons and limes
  • Oranges and grapefruits
  • Eggs (both fresh and freezer-ready cartons)
  • Bread (partially baked loaves to finish on board)

Grocery basics for the pantry

  • Milk (powdered or canned for emergency use)
  • Dried fruit
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Instant and long-cooking oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jams and jellies
  • Teas
  • Instant, bottled and ground coffee
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Crackers and cookies
  • Nuts
  • Salad dressing/dip mixes
  • Cooking oil/shortening
  • Sugar, salt, pepper, seasonings and spices
  • Canned and dried beans
  • Taco sauce and seasonings
  • Taco shells and flour tortillas
  • Canned tuna fish and chicken

Beverage basics

  • Water – bottled and canned, as a backup to the yacht’s own supply.
  • Sparkling non-alcoholic drinks: flavored and plan club soda, mineral water, tonic water, ginger ale
  • Soda
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Ice
  • Sports/electrolyte-replacement drinks
  • Selection of hard liquor: rye whiskey, bourbon, vodka, gin, vermouth and tequila
  • Bitters, simple syrup, maraschino cherries, small bottles of basic liqueurs (orange, Grenadine, sour mix, Cointreau)
  • Canned juices: tomato, cranberry, pineapple, grapefruit and orange

 Whether it’s your bucket list trip of a lifetime, the first of many or you’re a seasoned sailor, provisioning your yacht is one aspect of your adventure you don’t worry about when you contact us. If you or any member of your group has allergies, dietary restrictions or just wants a special meal for a special occasion while onboard, that’s part of our plan: sit down with you, collect the details about who you are, where you’re going, for how long and work with you on your needs and preferences, and take care of every culinary detail while you set sail and enjoy the views. Start your sailing journey with a provisioned pantry worthy of your taste and lifestyle and compatible with your budget.