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This page covers:
1. WHAT TO BRING, and
2. YACHT ETTIQUETTE .

90% of the time, the temperature is above 25 degrees Celcius and you should pack accordingly. Storage space is very limited.

One soft foldable bag is perfect.

Make planning easy...

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

Electric Toothbrush - bring your own 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.

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.

Footwear  - see ' What Not to bring'

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. 

Snorkeling gear - please bring your own 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 DVD’s. Make sure you bring your own 240vAC charger.

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


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

Suitcases: 'NO GO Item' - there is no room for suitcases, please use a soft collapsable bag.

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

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

Please ensure your conditioner are biodegradable as they block plumbing lines.

Hair Dryers & Irons: 'NO-GO Items' - However, we do have one on board that can be used.

Sunscreen - we have SPF50 sunscreen on board and strongly encourage its use by everyone. We also carry our own '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, 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 strict dress codes requiring long dresses. Please contact us beforehand if you are joining us outside Australia.

Footwear: 'NO-GO Shoe Items' - high-heels, leather, or black rubber-soled shoes (including on the steps).

As a policy, 'we do not wear any footwear on board and we would prefer that guests didn’t either'. But if for some reason you choose to wear shoes, please ONLY wear non-black SOFT-soled shoes or slippers.

Coral chips, sand, dirt roads, concrete dust can be extremely small and sharp, and in many cases, are un-hygienic causing unnecessary tropical foot infections. Others with the slightest scratch can soon find the scratch infected and places a huge dampener on the holiday.

To AVOID scratching the boat floors, and tropical infection, we ask that you check your soles EACH time you board the dingy and the yacht. Whilst barefoot, please rinse sand from your feet prior to stepping on board.

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.

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!!!

Medications and Drugs: 'NO-GO Drug Items' - illicit drugs and Cigarettes.

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.

Paper and/or Cardboard wrapping: 'NO-GO Items' - it’s in the packaging glues and folds that harbour the vermin eggs, small grubs, cockroaches. It also presents port pratique issues, and resulting disposal costs & challenges.

Pets - 'NO-GO Item'.

Rather than take offence when you arrive, we do not cater to various 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 strong protocol on pest, vermin & rubbish control to comply with State and Territory regulations.

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

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

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.

It is requested that you bring your own 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.

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.

REALLY 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 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 really 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 own toilet clean.

However...the toilets are saltwater flushed, and over a few weeks of use, therefore accumulate a calcium buildup in the bowl. Please TELL US and we will do it for you. We have a process/solution that dissolves the calcium and makes hard-work easy.

- Land-based shower = 40 lt/person,
- ALL our hot water = 40 litres ?

One very hot shower will empty the hot water in 8 minutes.

So...think of showering:
- As a luxury, not a requirement,
- Limit showers to 2-minutes at light-moderate pressure, &
- If you want to wash clothes while you shower, please use cold water.

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

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 each two people)

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


Any Breakage - If something breaks, or 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.

Onboard Yacht
Ettiquette

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'.

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.


You are strongly encouraged to be part of the Sailing Team, no matter how small.

High-stress periods are:
- In shallow water (we need ALL EYES ON DECK), and
- At the beginning/end of all trips, in particular in and out of Marinas,
- Minimal chat during these periods will greatly assist our safety.

'Instructions will/may be verbally short and blunt as they need to be very clear and deliberate. PLEASE DON'T take these instructions offensively.'

SAFETY Requirements.
You must tell someone when going on deck alone
- UNDERWAY - DAY or  NIGHT, or
- AT ANCHOR at NIGHT.

UNDERWAY at the HELM alone (ie Sailing with one-person on duty):
- WEARING a LIFEJACKET is mandatory, and
- CLIPPED to the TETHER outside the Helm or Cockpit is mandatory.

What is the PLAN? Before we head out, understand what is about to occur. Be proactive and instigate a discussion at an appropriate time before you get underway.
- What is the plan (Plan A)?
- What is Plan B (fall-back if Plan A fails)?
- Have all windows been closed and locked (including little side ones)?
- Are Galley & Room items all secure?
- Who is doing what?

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

We favour pre/post-briefings, please don't take offence at these as it's a great way to learn (in particular for the Skipper) and get feedback.


Why are yacht fires different?

Simple...you cannot run away.


First sight of SMOKE or FIRE:
1. "SCREAM "FIRE, FIRE”.

2. The person alarming:
- Get closest FIRE EXTINGUISHER, and - Commence P.A.S.S (always leave yourself a safe way out):
     P - Pull the trigger pin out,
     A - Aim at the fire base,
     S - Squeeze levers between thumb and palm of hand,
     S - Sweeping movement at the base of the fire.

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

Considerations:
1. Relieve the person fighting the fire with your own FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
2. Get the GRAB BAG and follow instructions on its flap.
3. DO NOT EVACUATE until instructed by Skipper (a Legal thing).

Think of how you would handle:
1. An ENGINE FIRE - "How would you put out an ENGINE FIRE?" You will only be able to work this out when you get on-board. It has a sneaky place to spray FIRE RETARDANT - bottle of red if you work it out. If still unsure, ask us.

2. A GALLEY FIRE - "Why would a Galley Fire be different?" Not sure? ask us.

Fires are a ship's worst enemy. Arm yourself and know where they 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, this is how we manage various operations.

1. In  view of HELM at all times, &
2. You are the 'EYES OF THE YACHT'.

ANCHOR Chain Direction - point straight arm parallel to the anchor chain.

ANCHOR Washing - 'Keep looking at the anchor with your head'. If the HELMSMAN sees your head moving left, right, fore or aft, they will turn appropriately.

ANCHOR IS UP - (or nearly up) 'Thumbs Up to HELM'. This is important as the yacht may be drifting and Skipper needs to adjust power and get directional control.

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.

This is very rarely used and implies imminent danger to the yacht. Consider also what the wind and current are doing. 

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

Drug Items - Illicit drugs and Cigarettes.

Shoe types - High-heels, leather, or black rubber-soled shoes (including on the steps).

Hairdryers and Irons.

Pets.

Suitcases, Esky’s, and Cardboard boxes
- Please talk to us if you have any concerns about extra baggage.

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

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 backward to a life-ring. On our yacht, swim to the DAN BOUY (which has a lifering and flashing light attached),
3. Hold on to the attached lifering 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' 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.

The rest of this page, we will help you with.

So don't be overwhelmed with the information.

Man Over Board
or MOB

1

'MAN-OVERBOARD' shout this loudly

All crew are to immediately come on deck.

2

DAN BUOY & LIFE RING throw toward MOB

Then, go straight to the HELM.

Second crewmember duties:
1. Finger point to the MOB, and
2. Do not lose sight of the MOB.

Third crewmember duties:
1. Don a LIFE JACKET,
2. Safely, without delay hand out LIFE JACKETS,
3. Safely, without delay assist depowering yacht.

3

HELM Person


1. MOB button (press once),
2. EXECUTE (twice),
2. AUTOPILOT - AUTO,
3. Turn into wind,
4. START ENGINES.


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