Charter Checklist: What to take and what to provision on a bareboat charter vacation | NW Explorations


Charter Checklist: What to take and what to provision on a bareboat charter vacation

Visiting Canada? Discover restrictions on food & drink imports

It is important you are aware of Canadian customs food and beverage allowances coming into Canada:

  • 40 ounces alcoholic beverages (liquor, wine, or liquors in any combination) or 288 ounces (1 case) of beer or ale per person over 19 years of age.
  • 200 cigarettes per person or 50 non‐Cuban cigars or 2 pounds of tobacco per person over 16 years of age. (Please remember there is no smoking inside our charter boats.)
  • No fresh fruits with pits, corn on the cob, potatoes, apples or pears are allowed. Canada may ban other fruits depending upon conditions.

What to take and what to provision on a bareboat charter vacation

Anticipation begins to build from the moment you book your bareboat voyage. The meticulous planning you do all adds excitement to the days and weeks leading up to departure day.

But as that day looms closer, you begin to think more finitely. And you start to imagine how it will really be. That’s when you start to think about provisions.

Essentially, you have two options here:

1. Purchase a provisioning package

Ideally, you’ll want to spend less time in the galley and more time out on deck. Why not make it easy on yourself and leave the work to the professionals? We’ve partnered with Galley Girls to offer custom provisioning, so all your meals and provisions are taken care of. Not only will you have delicious packages to choose from, all your items will be conveniently stowed away onboard, enabling you to focus on what’s really important: the voyage.

Yacht-friendly food and packaging is part of Galley Girls’ expertise. The last thing you want is cumbersome, unnecessary food items that don’t keep or store well. It’s all about efficiency and maximization of taste in your pre-planned meals. Choose from savory soups and sea-worthy salads, to bacon-wrapped filet mignon, Pacific Salmon, and more. See the full menu here. Or, choose smaller more customized packages.

2. Provision the yacht yourself

The food and menus you elect to have while you’re at sea should ultimately complement the experience. Maybe you’ll catch a salmon or two. Having new potatoes, dill and asparagus might just be the perfect complement for a dinner on the deck.

Staples of course will get you through the day, and don’t forget about the wine pairings for your dinners (and perhaps lunches). Everything should be sumptuous and idyllic for your glorious galley-made meals.

Need some help figuring it all out? We at NWE can get you jump started with this bareboat provisioning list:

  • Any preferred types of food and drink
  • butter / margarine
  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • milk
  • sour cream
  • cream
  • bottled water
  • sodas / soft drinks
  • juice
  • coffee & tea
  • energy drinks
  • beer/wine/prosecco & liquors
  • breads/buns/bagels/wraps
  • eggs
  • meat & seafood
  • preserves / jams & spreads
  • cereal /oatmeal
  • noodles, rice & potatoes
  • pineapple / mango / melon / tropical fruit
  • apples, oranges pears and grapefruit
  • strawberries, cherries
  • bananas
  • beans & peas
  • mushrooms
  • ginger and garlic
  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • veggies like peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, lemons & limes, zucchini and eggplant onions, avocado
  • soups & stews
  • pickles
  • canned vegetables
  • canned fruit (for example: pineapple, peaches, tangerines)
  • strained tomatoes and tomato paste sauces
  • cooking supplies like cocoa powder, baking soda, flour
  • condiments like oil, vinegar, soy sauce, tabasco, barbeque spices & sauces, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise
  • spices like salt & pepper, curry, cumin, paprika, oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, pine nuts
  • sugar / sweetener

Looking for a few dinner ideas? Here are a few starter ideas:

  • Chicken breasts, rice and green beans
  • BBQ steak, Greek salad, baked potatoes
  • Fettucine alfredo with ham chunks
  • Salmon, potatoes au gratin, asparagus

Also, no need to transport your groceries from afar. There are several 24‐hour grocery stores within close driving distance of the NWE office. Costco, Trader Joe’s, liquor, sports equipment, clothing and pharmaceuticals are also nearby.

Special spots, good eats

We are more than happy to recommend eateries and restaurants you won’t want to miss enroute. We know which anchorages lend themselves best to entertaining or sunset meals. We can suggest the ideal spot for sipping a fine wine. And, we know where the fish are biting if you want a fresh catch for dinner.

With the bareboat provisioning list above, or with the help of a pre-planned provision package, your voyage will be so much more than a feast for the eyes.

Contact us to learn more at 360-788-4890 or email

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