Bring soft sided luggage with you as hard cases are difficult to store and also try to pack light – you won’t need the posh frock or the suit – daily wear will probably be swimsuits, shorts and t-shirts – maybe a pair of long pants and long sleeve shirt for cooler evenings. There is no wearing of shoes onboard the boat – you will find it is way more comfortable and it saves any damage to the decks. Also, whilst on feet, you will be asked to rinse off after a visit ashore. Sand is a boat’s worse nightmare as it damages the decks, blocks deck drains and finds its way into every nook and cranny it can.
Marine toilets have come a long way from the old bucket and chuck it routine! Nowadays, they are often electric flush and very similar to your bathroom at home. However, the plumbing can be quite finicky and block fairly easily. You will be shown how to use it and if you are not sure of anything, it’s best to ask as a blocked toilet is unpleasant for everyone.
Only smoke in designated areas. It’s worth noting that some boats are non-smoking so, if this is important to you, ask before booking.
Despite what you read about the Caribbean, the BVI has zero tolerance for drugs. Apart from the visits to the BVI courts and the fine you will receive if you are caught, you will also be told to get off the boat immediately with no refund or redress.
Try to be frugal with the water onboard. Despite most yachts having a water maker these days, it’s still an expensive process producing fresh water so try not to leave taps running during teeth cleaning or hair washing.