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Better read from a Computer, Macbook or iPad.
90% of the time, the temperature is above 25 degrees Celsius and you should pack accordingly.
One soft foldable bag is perfect

mySerenity- welcomes all new (and some not so new) crew

Handy Pointers

Towels  - at least one large swimming towel.  We carry limited shower towels.

Electric Toothbrush - bring your electric toothbrush, we have chargers.

Mobiles and Cameras - are a must but are high theft items (hint, hint...). If you are social-media addicted, you will have phone coverage issues (see also WANTED Tab).

Most of the Pacific have Vodafone of some sort. Best to buy a local Simcard.

Make sure you bring phone chargers. We are in a saltwater environment where items tend to fall overboard, so whether a phone or camera, carefully consider your choices.

Medications and Drugs - we are going to remote locations, sometimes 2-3 days sailing (on a good day) back for help. So, if you are on medication, please bring sufficient to cover you for the trip (plus a bit more) IN THE CORRECT labelled packaging (Customs and Immigration requirement).

Even an extra prescription from your GP would help. While we cannot prescribe Panadol to anyone, we do carry a stock that you can use. 

Snorkelling gear - please bring your goggles, snorkel, and flippers. It will be sad to come all this way and not take advantage of the beautiful sights below the waterline.
We do carry a few spares, however, normally the wrong size, broken, etc, so best to bring your own.

Laptops - can be brought on board but are high theft items (hint, hint...) They are however make good tools for watching movies and DVDs. Make sure you bring your 240vAC charger.

Our television has a slot for DVD’s, so please feel free to bring along as many as you like.

Alcoholic Drinks - Bring your alcoholic drinks. While non-bottle drinks are preferred for disposal reasons, we understand if this cannot be done.

Fridge space is very limited. Any containers 1-Lt (or larger), cannot be refrigerated. If you don’t mind sharing similar beverages, we can happily increase our stocks to cater.

(IMPORTANT: Please also refer to the 'Possibly bring' Drop-Down-Tab).

Bedding - we carry all bedding unless you love your sleeping bag

Shampoo, Soap, Electric Toothbrush charger - we supply biodegradable ‘gentle’ hand wash and Soapaderm Soap (neutral and hygienic).

Also Johnsons Baby Shampoo, and an Oral-B electric toothbrush charger (bring your electric toothbrush).

Please ensure your conditioner is biodegradable.

Sunscreen - SPF50 sunscreen is supplied. We strongly encourage its use. We also carry our homemade hygienic and biodegradable  'Midgie, Sandfly, Mosquito - Dettol mixture'.

For the Ladies - the yacht is full of trip-hazards. Long dresses present a significant trip hazard within our confined spaces and steep steps. Extra care needs to be taken when on board. Dingy boarding (often into water) presents some very funny situations with long dresses. Having said this, some countries have very strict dress codes requiring long dresses. Please contact us beforehand if you are joining us outside Australia.

Washing Powders - we can machine wash small quantities of laundry (2kg max), and we carry biodegradable washing powder and conditioner. Freshwater rinsing after a swim and allowing bathers to dry sorts the swimmers issue out. There is always the bucket washing option too!!!

Medical Kit - we carry a 'Category 1 -Optioned Medical Kit' pertinent to remote sailing and most water activities. We also carry a defibrillator, various inflatable splints.

Diets - Rather than take offence when you arrive, we do not cater to diets, we multi-use pots and have nuts, meat, chicken, and fish on board. Our preference is for one person to bulk buy and split the cost.

Please talk to us about what you are bringing on board before you purchase the items. We are very limited in refrigeration and freezer space and have a strong protocol on pest, vermin & rubbish control to comply with State, Territory and International regulations.

Packaged fresh (or frozen) food is preferred, reusable plastic bags are second best.

Tinned items (with all paper labels removed and contents listed with expiry date) are highly regarded for disposal reasons.

Drinking-Water - We have plenty of drinkable triple-filtered alkalised water on board and carry a Sodastream for those who like it a little fizzy. There is also cordial.


(IMPORTANT: Please also refer to the 'NOT to bring' Drop-Down-Tab).

'Rather than we offend you when you arrive, we would like to address some non-negotiable items/challenges'. NO-GO means 'we don't go if these are being brought on board.

PLEASE READ THIS about our Yacht Personal Effects Insurance - Their definition of Personal Effects specifically excludes mobile phones, items of jewellery, valuables (items which have a market value significantly in excess of the cost of manufacture), cameras, personal computers, drones, money, credit cards, travellers’ cheques and consumable stores. Please take this into account.

Drug Items - No-go items are illicit drugs including all cigarette types.

Shoe types - As a policy, 'we encourage no footwear on board'. However, if for some reason you choose to wear shoes, please help us by ONLY wearing white-soled (soft rubber) footwear.

Shoes carry coral chips, sand, concrete dust, being extremely small and sharp. In many cases, are un-hygienic causing unnecessary tropical foot infections when stood on, and scratching boat surfaces.

For our sand lovers, please check your foot soles each time you board the dingy and the yacht. Rinsing sand from your feet before coming on board, is our preferred choice and found to be very effective.

Off the yacht, saltwater tolerant shoes are essential. As an example, we carry one pair each of thongs, runners, and coral booties, the latter being the most worn.

Hairdryers and Irons - No-go item, we have one on board for you.

Pets - No-go.

Suitcases, Esky’s, and Cardboard boxes - No-go items, please talk to us if you have any of these.

Lifejackets for children, children being classed as a 'non-adult person that cannot effectively don and self-utilise an adult PFD-1 type lifejacket". Given departure time constraints, this must be assessed and addressed days before planned arrival.

Toilet - 3 Rules
1. Only use toilet paper provided (NO TISSUES or HAIR),
2. Ask how to use the switches, and
3. STOP, if you see the bowl not discharging.

IMPORTANT: Tissues, hair, and plastics present the biggest problem, jamming the cutting blade. Marine toilets are not like those on the mainland. They have:
- Small pipes (finger thick), and
- One small cutting blade (thumb thick), plus
- A small water pump (fist thick) to discharge your effluent.

The electric flush system uses saltwater and has three switches. Please ask us to show you. Then, keep asking us if you forget…We will be very patient as the system can quickly go pear-shaped, and we don't want that.

Cleaning
Rooms are private oases and due respect should be paid before entering any room other than your own (unless in an EMERGENCY). To prevent pest infestation, food is not permitted in the rooms unless it remains in sealed packaging.

Yes, you do need to keep your toilet clean.

Saltwater toilets accumulate a light calcium buildup in the bowl, light grey (slightly coarse texture), below the water level mark. Please let us know and we will remove this for you. We have a solution that dissolves this calcium and makes your hard work super easy.

Water & Showers
* Average land-based shower = 40 litres/person,
* Our TOTAL HOT WATER = 40 litres !

So...one very hot shower will empty all the hot water in 8 minutes, and use a lot of precious freshwater.

With showering, please consider:
- Limiting showers to say 2-minutes at light-moderate pressure, &
- If you want to wash clothes while you shower, please use limited cold water only.

Tap restrictors are part of the yacht water system, which limit hot water use. We have turned these off, hoping that 'common-sense showering' will prevail.

Cooks 
Any good at cooking? You are WANTED.
Can you keep cleanup to a bare minimum?  You are MOST WANTED.

Take away thoughts - we love using the BBQ. One (or two) pot wonders, even better.

Washer-uppers - You are not forgotten...you also fit our MOST WANTED list.

Photographers - HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER. Any photographs or movie footage would be greatly appreciated. Be cognizant that many people DO NOT LIKE THEIR PHOTOS been taken, so please get their permission first. That being said, we will take any underwater footage, footage of the yacht, drone footage, sailing footage for our YouTube channel.

In your soft-collapsable bag, consider bringing these:
- Shirts (x4)
- Pants (x3)
- Dresses (x2)
- Bathers (x2)
- Undies (x4)
- Hats (x2)
- Goggles, snorkel, and flippers (x1)
- Sunglasses (x2)
- Reading Glasses (x2)
- Camera (consider waterproof)
- Phone, laptop, and/or iPad
- Medications
- Toothbrush (electric if you want)
- Toothpaste & Comb/brush
- Shampoo & Conditioner (if you don’t like ours)
- Swimming Towel (x1)
- Shoes (as we have suggested)
- Passport
- Money (local currency in small denominations - Cheques & Credit Cards are mostly NOT accepted)
- Backpack (small, one for every two people)

Separate Item:
- Drinks for ones-self (plenty of drinking water onboard)
- Chocolate (for the Skipper)



how are we going so far?

you want more...don't get overwhelmed with this next section - You don't have to remember everything. Question what is written and some of it will stick.

Onboard Etiquette

Seasickness is often blamed for pre-existing medical problems (in particular with the inner ear, sinuses, and/or balance). The chances of getting seasick are increased when arriving tired. Arriving with pre-existing issues around the inner ear/head (such as headaches, colds, COVID, or sniffles), will affect your balance on the water.

The good thing - seasickness dissipates the more you sail over time. Seasickness will wear off with most people, it takes 4-24 hours.

Everyone can get seasick, including seasoned sailors. The trick is to be proactive BEFORE it gets worse. If you are unsure, many Chemist tablets can help, consider getting these before joining us.

Some tablets need to be taken in advance, not once you feel sick, by then it's too late. Remember that 95% of our sailing is in what they class as 'Calm Waters'.

If you are unsure, start with these guidelines:
The major DONT'S:
   1. Don't go into the hulls when UNDERWAY.
   2. Don't lie down inside when UNDERWAY.
   3. Don't put your head between your knees with your eyes closed.

The Major DO'S:
   1. Tell someone, preferably the Skipper.
   2. Get outside and face into the breeze.
   3. Look at the horizon, not close to you.
   4. Get someone to talk to and try and get distracted.

COVID - Quarantining on a yacht can be very, very challenging. Just ask us, we have done a 14-day stint already, and you are not allowed to move off the yacht. So, if you suspect that you have any Flu-like symptoms, please get it checked out before you arrive. Before you ask, we are triple-jabbed.


Seasickness is often blamed for pre-existing medical problems (in particular with the inner ear, sinuses, and/or balance). The chances of getting seasick are increased when arriving tired or fatigued. Arriving with pre-existing issues that involve the inner ear/head (such as headaches, colds, COVID, or sniffles), will affect your balance on the water.

The good thing is that seasickness dissipates the more you sail over time. Seasickness will wear off with most people, it takes 4-24 hours.

Everyone can get seasick, including seasoned sailors. The trick is to be proactive BEFORE it gets worse. If you are unsure, many Chemist tablets can help, consider getting these before joining us.

Some tablets need to be taken in advance, not once you feel sick, by then its too late. Remember that 95% of our sailing is in what they class as 'Calm Waters'.

If you are unsure, start with these guidelines:
The major DONT'S:
   1. Don't go into the hulls when UNDERWAY.
   2. Don't lie down inside when UNDERWAY.
   3. Don't put your head between your knees with eyes closed.

The Major DO'S:
   1. Tell someone, preferably the Skipper.
   2. Get outside and face into the breeze.
   3. Look at the horizon, not close to you.
   4. Get someone to talk to and try and get distracted.

COVID - Quarantining on a yacht can be very, very challenging. Just ask us, we have done a 14-day stint already, and you are not allowed to move. So, if you suspect that you have any Flu like symptoms, please get it checked out before you arrive.



You are strongly encouraged to be part of the Sailing Team. The yacht is designed to be sailed 'single-handed', however, there is a fair bit to get it started. Once underway, there is very little to do except a good look-out and enjoy the ride.

Keeping talk to a minimum (unless urgent):
- In shallow water (ALL EYES ON DECK),
- In and out of Marinas.

SAFETY Requirements:
- Sailing (day or night) - always TELL SOMEONE going on deck,
- Anchored (night) - always TELL SOMEONE going on deck,
- Swimming/snorkelling - always TELL SOMEONE and have a guard,
- Know what The Plan is before we start,
- Before sailing, have ALL windows been closed and locked,
- Are Galley & Room items all secure?

Housekeeping:
We are not perfect and we all make mistakes. 'It is better to say something and have a safe outcome than saying nothing and have an incident (or argument)'.

Please DON'T TAKE DIRECTIONS PERSONALLY. Instructions will be:
- Verbally short, and blunt,
- Clear and deliberate, and
- We encourage pre/post-briefings.

Any Breakage - If something breaks, appears to not be working correctly, or sounds different/odd, please let us know. We would be very grateful for this as we can then act immediately and implement remedial action/s, allowing the trip to continue.

Why are yacht fires different? Simple...you cannot run away.

SMOKE or FIRE?........SCREAM:
1. "FIRE, FIRE”.

2. Get a FIRE EXTINGUISHER, and always leave yourself a safe way out:
Keep SCREAMing - 'FIRE FIRE'

P - Pull the trigger pin out,
A - Aim at the fire base,
S - Squeeze levers between thumb and palm of the hand,
S - Sweeping movement at the base of the fire.


3. Other crew - immediately and safely make their way to the cockpit:
1. Collect any FIRE EXTINGUISHER,
2. Do a headcount, and
3. Don LIFE JACKETS.

Think of how you would handle this:
A GALLEY FIRE - "Why would a Galley Fire be different?"
Not sure? ask us.

Arm yourself and know where Fire Extinguishers are:
- 1 FIRE EXTINGUISHER (in each hull corridor),
- 1 FIRE EXTINGUISHER (under the NAV TABLE),
- 1 FIRE EXTINGUISHER (outside at the main door), and
- 1 FIRE BLANKET (under the NAV table).



Don't worry if you can't remember these.

YOU ARE THE 'EYES' FOR THE HELM PERSON, so
1. Stand where the HELM can see you, &
2. Use a STRAIGHT ARM.

ANCHOR direction - point straight arm parallel to the anchor chain.

ANCHOR Washing - 'Keep looking at the anchor with your head'. If the HELM sees your head moving '(left, right, underneath)', they will turn '(left, right, and go into reverse)'.

ANCHOR IS UP - (or nearly up) 'Thumbs Up to HELM'. This is important as the yacht may be drifting and Helm needs to adjust power and get directional control as soon as possible. Once safely moving, the helm will stow the anchor correctly.

CASTING LINES - (leaving the dock, once you have cast the line) 'Thumbs up to HELM'. VERY Important.

EMERGENCY STOP - turn and face the Skipper, arms waving above your head, intermittently pointing to the danger. It is used only where impact is likely. As an example, any submerged objects. It's better to proactive and be incorrect than be reactive after you have hit something.

It’s great that we have them, but how do you use them? More importantly, where are they?

We carry ten adult lifejackets. Four (4) are located BEHIND THE HELM SEAT marked with a Life Jacket sticker and they are PFD-1 type, foam-filled adult lifejackets. The other six are in the forward starboard locker. 

If children are part of your group, you will need to add non-adult lifejackets to your packing list and present them with a suitable PFD-1 lifejacket before sailing. This is a legal safety NO-GO Item.

Lifejackets aim to hold your head above water, not your body.
1. Don’t try and swim on your front for long, you will struggle & tire quickly.
2. To swim: roll onto your back and try to swim on your back to a life-ring. On our yacht, swim to the DAN BOUY (a floating pole with a flag attached - picture further on),
3. Hold on and wait.

Have a try by putting a PFD on, it will open your eyes and you'll be ready when if it's ever needed.

'ON-PASSAGE/OFF-SHORE' - we use AUTO-INFLATE LIFEJACKETS
Greater than 50nm (roughly 100km).

These require one-on-one briefings and will only be given when they are required to be used.

if you are still reading this...well done

you may want to remember this next bit though, it's about falling over-board

Man Overboard
or MOB

1

SCREAM - 'MAN-OVERBOARD' (loudly)

All persons are to immediately come on deck.

2

DAN BUOY & LIFE RING

a. Throw in direction of Man-Overboard,
b. Scream 'Man-Overboard' (or anything if you don't remember the words), pointing at the Man-Overboard,
c. Go to HELM (if no Helms-person, follow Item 3)

Second person:
a. Finger point the Man-Overboard, and
b. Don't stop pointing to the Man-Overboard.

Third person:
a. Don a LIFE JACKET,
b. Safely, without delay assist depowering yacht.

3

HELM Person

NOTE: This is a practised exercise for a reason...so please don't try and be a hero, it can very easily go pear-shaped. Where possible, get the captain to the helm.

1. MOB button (press once),
2. EXECUTE (twice),
3. Scream '(owner), (owner)' if they are not there,
3. AUTOPILOT - STANDBY,
4. Turn large LEFT-HAND OVAL pattern,
5. Keep MOB in sight
6. START ENGINES.


WHAT IF YOU ARE THE MAN-OVERBOARD? What should you do?

Answer: Swim to the Dan Buoy, not the yacht...why? It is not a silly question, come and ask us.

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