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Yacht charter provisioning
In an ideal situation, some essentials should already be on board your charter yacht and with the right charter company you should not have to worry about the following provisions.
Essentials that ideally should be on board
- Insect repellent, only in high season (DEET or Picaridin)
- Bottles of water - against a first day heatstroke
- Sun block
- Rubbish bags - Tea cloths - Swab
- Soap - All-purpose cleaner - Washing-up liquid
- Toilet paper - Lavatory freshener
- Coffee filters - Tea bags
- Sugar - Salt - Spices
- Olive oil - Corn oil - Vinegar
- Ice ! - Ice !! - Ice !!!
- Perhaps a complementary bowl of fruit, bottle of Greek wine or some flowers. Yet, I would trade these immediatly for any of the essentials above.
Yacht charter provisioning list
Letting a charter company deliver groceries to your yacht is often (very) expensive so only order the bare necessities for the first day (or two). Moreover, it is nicer to do your own provisioning in the next - far more romantic - little port,
and it is often cheaper to eat out in a taverna or estiatoria (restaurant) the first evening than to prepare your own expensive ingredients.
During your sailing trip it is prudent to supply the yacht for at least a couple of days, not only for safety but smaller ports might not hold a wide variety of provisions.
Furthermore, you might change your plans and drop anchor in a secluded bay.
Black and green olives
Dried lentils, beans and chickpeas
Nuts, almonds and pistachios
Stock cubes (soups/sauses)
Biscuits - Papadopoulos
A lot of bottles of water
Beer - Amstel/Heineken/Mythos
Giant beans - Gigantes
Parsley, dill, oregano, thyme
Dolmas (stuffed wine leaves)
Apples, grapes, oranges, melons
Spinach pies (Spanakopita)
Cheese pies (Tyropita)
Fresh - lasting longer
Whisky, port and wine should preferably be bought in Athens or another large city, more choice and more quality. Note that Greek wines are often too sweet.
Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Amyndeon Florina 2014
Biblia Chora Ovilos White 2012
Domaine Skouras Eclectique, Spilitsa, Viognier 2012
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko 2014
Ktima Gerovassiliou Chardonnay 2014
Domaine Glinavos Primus Zitsa 2013
Semeli Mantinia Nassiakos 2013
Every week you will need to take in diesel fuel for about 140. The diesel will often be delivered by truck.
The water tanks usually need filling up every other day, which costs about 2 - 5 each time depending on the island and season. A very long hose is an essential item in the yacht's inventory.
An pleasant and smart way to explore the inlands is to rent motorbikes or scooters (the Greeks call them papákia, παπάκια “ducklings”, supposedly for the noise they make), both more economical and practical than cars.
Every other day you need a few bags of ice cubes to keep all the provisions fresh in the fridge(s) while saving the batteries: 0 - 4 per bag.
In the more popular ports it will be delivered at the quay. Otherwise, the local fishermen will know were to get ice. You can also try restaurants, fishmongers, fuel stations and mini-markets. Note that ice cubes with holes are inferior to the solid ice cubes and that not all ice is made from potable water, better ask before use in beverages.