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suzkoop
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how much cash is needed?
      #1731034 - 04/25/17 09:59 AM (73.151.43.3)

I'm trying to figure out how much cash to take with us on our trip. If it matters it's 8 people for 14 nights.

Cash for ferries, if I read correctly there is a $3 per bag fee and a $10 departure tax from St. Thomas, on top of ferry ticket price.

Cash for taxi to/from airport

Cash for taxi to boat

Cash for some moorings. I figure we will anchor some nights and can use a card to pay for some nights.

My biggest question is for those of you who have some sort of a kitty you put money in to draw out for misc items. How much do you start with? I realize every person / trip is different, I'm just trying to get a gauge.

Thanks!
Suzanne


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Kirk
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: suzkoop]
      #1731036 - 04/25/17 10:28 AM (68.167.192.130)

People collecting mooring fees want cash.

I don't do the kitty thing. We just log all expenses and who pays for them.

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Manpot
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: suzkoop]
      #1731044 - 04/25/17 11:04 AM (76.103.182.221)

We use the ATM's on Tortola..Road Town..Nanny Cay..CGB..

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rita_irvine
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: Kirk]
      #1731045 - 04/25/17 11:10 AM (50.135.93.22)

If we travel with more than just us we have a purser who takes care of the money. The initial provisioning is split at the beginning then with 4 of us (2 couples) each couple puts $400 into the kitty. This is for mooring, ice, reprovisioning along the way. Sometimes we need to kick in another $100 per couple, sometimes we just use the excess for the last dinner out or taxi fare to the airport or ferry. Dinners out can be tricky with that many people. Decide in advance if you want separate tabs and make sure at the beginning of the meal that your server can do that.

We recently traveled with 4 couples. 3 couples were pretty good drinkers, I do not drink and my hubby has an occasional beer. Realizing this they were all gracious enough to adjust the tab when it was on one check. Be up front about expectations and be prepared to implement plan B

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FLJim
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: suzkoop]
      #1731052 - 04/25/17 11:52 AM (184.90.68.130)

Want a hard number ? For 2 people for 2 weeks, I brought $600. Extrapolate as you see fit. The tradeoff is between how much cash can you carry (or leave on the boat) without worrying, vs. how much bother to chase down an ATM while on vacation. Of course, use credit cards at every opportunity to save cash.

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CGB
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: FLJim]
      #1731063 - 04/25/17 01:05 PM (70.49.187.94)

At the other end of the spectrum:
comfort - so as not to worry - $1000pp-per wk
if you are comfortable using plastic - then maybe $500pp/wk
Less - raises fretting about running short
ATM's aren't always working.. although, that's rare now


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Calvin
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: CGB]
      #1731077 - 04/25/17 02:17 PM (73.146.142.126)

Travelers Checks? For a 14 day charter, the two of us took a thousand in cash for each and a thousand in low denomination Travelers Checks for both of us, all totaled it was $3000. We didn't use any of our TC's the past two times we have gone. In the past TC's were OK, I'm not sure if that is still the case. We bring a credit card too.

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CGB
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: Calvin]
      #1731081 - 04/25/17 02:57 PM (70.49.187.94)

Not sure anyone knows how to deal with those these days....
You might be faced with "stunned silence" on pulling those out


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JlarsBVI
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: CGB]
      #1731083 - 04/25/17 03:13 PM (184.177.87.61)

We usually put in $200 per person into the kitty. This covers all groceries, mooring balls, alcohol, diesel at the end the trip, and sometimes it pays for the rental cars.

We are usually a group of 8-10 people and the kitty works great for us.

Drinks and meals on shore are up to the individual and don't come out of the kitty.


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sail2wind
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Re: how much cash is needed? [Re: JlarsBVI]
      #1731084 - 04/25/17 03:25 PM (71.211.223.127)

T.C's are antiquated. Last time we brought T.A's several years ago. We went to K Mart in STT and they had no idea what they were.

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