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Sailing Life: Provisioning & Cooking on the Boat Tips

Sailing Life: Provisioning & Cooking on the Boat Tips

Food Provisioning Made Easy

Planning provisioning and cooking onboard depend primarily on the type of yacht charter. If you are sailing on a sailboat, catamaran,  motor yacht, or gulet with a crew, the crew will deal with food provisioning and preparing delicious meals. Your part of the task is to send a preference list to the crew on time so they can order everything you need.

However, if you are chartering a bareboat yacht, you will have to make a provision plan yourself and cook. Guests who go sailing for the first time often ask if it is possible to cook on board. Yes, of course, it is possible to cook on board, but you must keep in mind that you will be limited with space for preparing and storing food and kitchen appliances. The kitchen on board is not the kind we are used to at home.


Catamaran Lagoon 46 Kitchen - Photo © Nicolas Claris

How to turn shopping and cooking on board into fun? Plan well in advance. You can buy groceries on arrival at the charter base, in the marina itself, or the nearby supermarkets and green market. The other way is to order grocery delivery on board through a local supplier. You can place a provision order online. In the order, you need to name the boat and the marina you are starting from and the time when you want your food delivered. Make sure not to order delivery in the marina too early. You can make your provision order with Jam Yacht Supply.

You can find a large selection of groceries in Croatian markets. If you have a particular diet plan and you are not sure you will find it in Croatia, take it with you. What is important to note, it is not necessary to buy groceries for the whole week in advance. The boat has limited storage space. During the sailing week, you can refill the food stocks on the islands, especially fresh food like fruits and vegetables. Visiting the local green markets gives you the opportunity to eat like a local and meet the local people.


Cooking on the Boat Made Easy

Each boat has basic kitchen amenities and utensils, a refrigerator, stove with an oven. Better-equipped boats have a microwave, additional refrigerator with freezer, icebox, coffee machine, dishwasher, ice maker, and BBQ. It is important to plan ahead to make life easier at sea and spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.  Plan the menu according to what you usually eat and like. If you are going with a group of friends, ask them about their likes and dislikes before starting a charter.

Provisioning list sample download

coocking-on-the-boat-tips.jpg                                                                                                                                          Breakfast on board Lagoon 570 Mala

The primary key to onboard cooking is to keep it nice and simple. Avoid preparing dishes that require longer heat treatment or are complex to prepare. Dishes such as pasta, risotto, fish, salads, and sandwiches are easy to prepare and delicious. Avoid heavy and fatty food, especially during the summer heat. For unexpected situations, bring some frozen and canned food.  

While visiting and sailing the Adriatic, a must-do is to taste the local specialties. Explore the local cuisine and delicacies based on the Mediterranean diet. There are many restaurants on the islands with excellent offers and services.

must-try-tradition-food-peka-while-sailing-croatia.jpegTraditional Croatian dish - Peka