Although I run a relaxed boat and keep ‘rules’ to a minimum without compromising safety, there are a few things which are non-negotiable:
- The skipper is responsible for maintaining as safe an environment as possible and may need to make safety directions occasionally – these should be followed first and discussed later.
- Lifejackets are available and can be worn anytime you like, but always when when directed.
- Street drugs are not allowed on board. If you have any prescription items please bring the prescription with you in case we need to account for them to the authorities.
- Eating and drinking is all part of the fun, but moderation is essential if a departure is planned within 18 hours. The skipper will delay if there are doubts about crew fitness!
- No alcohol on passage. I’m afraid that includes lunch at anchor if we’re continuing right afterwards.
- We don’t smoke below decks or in the cockpit, but you’re welcome to use the foredeck.
- You must make sure that you comply with the visitor requirements of each country we call at. I won’t be able to help with expired/soon-to-expire passports or missing visas. UK/EU residents will just need a passport or identity card.
“There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.”
– Allan Villiers