Far better read from a Computer or Laptop.
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.
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 may also find some issues as phone coverage and/or the Internet are limited to mostly non-existent. 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.
Suitcases: 'NO GO Item' - there is no room for suitcases, please use a soft colapsable 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' - hairdryers are a huge power consumer, and our catamaran runs on batteries. 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, Mosquitoe - 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 very funny situations with long dresses. Some countries have strict dress codes. 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 some cases be un-hygienic causing unnecessary infection. Others with the slightest scratch can soon find the scratch infected and places a huge dampener on the holiday. Just as importantly, this is to AVOID scratching the boat floors. We ask that you check your soles EACH time you board the yacht, and/or enter the saloon and/or rooms. 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. There is however no defibrillator, or other top-end items.
Paper and/or Cardboard wrapping: 'NO-GO Items' - it’s in the packaging glues and folds that harbour the eggs, small grubs, cockroaches & vermin. It is also a port pratique issue and carries disposal challenges.
Pets - 'NO-GO Item'.
Rather than take offense 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 limited in refrigeration and freezer space and have strict protocol on pest, vermin & rubbish control.
Packaged fresh (or frozen) food is preferred, reusable plastic bags or small containers are second best. Sealed packaging or tinned items (with all paper labels removed and contents marked) are highly regarded options.
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, then
2. Only use toilet paper provided, and
3. Only use toilet paper provided.
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.
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.
The toilets are saltwater flushed and 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.
Showering and Water Use
- Land-based shower = 40 litres per person,
- Our hot water total = 40 litres.
One very hot shower will empty the hot water in 8 minutes. It then takes 1-hour to remake that water, and 30-minutes to reheat it !!! And the battery-power has to come from somewhere too.
So...think of showering:
- As a luxury, not a requirement,
- Limit showers to 2-minutes at light-moderate pressure, and
- If you want to wash cloths while you shower, please don't waste extra hot-water doing this.
Tap-restrictors are part of the yacht water system and will limit hot water use. We have these turned off, so ask that 'common-sense showering prevail'.
But don't we have a DESALINATOR?
Yes we do. However, it is normally used every third day and if it breaks and we are in a remote place, a fun-time turns into an-end-of-the-trip-time.
It takes 1 hour (from our batteries) to remake the 60 litres.
We are not saying don't....just asking you to think about how you use the water please.
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
- Toothbrush (electric if you want)
- Toothpaste & Comb/brush
- Shampoo & Conditioner (if you don’t like ours)
- Swimming Towel (x1)
- Shoes (as we have suggested)
- Money (local currency in small denominations - Credit Cards are difficult to use)
- Backpack (small, one for each two people)
- Drinks for ones-self (plenty of drinking water onboard)
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.
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.
Skippers have a few high-stress periods. They 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. Don't take these instructions offensively.'
When going on deck alone, tell someone:
- UNDERWAY by DAY or NIGHT, or
- AT ANCHOR by NIGHT.
UNDERWAY Single-Handed (ie Sailing one-person), you must:
- 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.
- What is the plan?
- What is Plan B (or the fall-back if Plan A d)?
- Have all windows been closed (including little side ones)?
- Are Galley & Room items all secure?
- Who is doing what?
We are not perfect and 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 offense 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 just run away.
On first sight of SMOKE or FIRE:
1. "SCREAM "FIRE, FIRE",
2. The person alarming the fire must obtain their 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,
S - Squeeze levers between thumb and palm of your 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 they pass,
2. Do a headcount, and
3. Don LIFE JACKETS.
1. Relieve the person fighting the fire with your own FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
2. Get the GRAB BAG and follow instructions on its flap.
3. Get ready to EVACUATE. Please DO NOT EVACUATE until Skipper instructs.
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).
Not bored yet?
Our Fire Extinguishers are:
- Suitable for A, B & C type fires, and
- The retardant can be toxic.
OIL fires (on a stove), needs a blanket for suppression, but why?
A normal FIRE EXTINGUISHER will spray the burning oil out of the pan and make the fire area worse. Do Not use a FIRE EXTINGUISHER on an oil fire, unless in a contained area like an engine room.
Use the ‘what if’ theory:
- What if a fire was started over the stove?
- What if a fire started at the cabin steps?
- What if a fire started outside my room?
When you get on board, try and locate the FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.
Don't worry if you can't remember these, this is how we manage various operations.
1. You need to be in view of Skipper at all times, and
2. You are the eyes for the Skipper.
ANCHOR Chain Direction - (facing forward, arm outstretched) point your straight arm where you think the anchor is (just follow the chain and have a guess).
ANCHOR Chain Retrieval - (when the chain is slack or below the yacht), press:
- The 'UP' button.
ANCHOR Washing - 'Keep looking at the anchor with your head'. If the Skipper sees your head moving left, right, fore or aft, they will turn appropriately.
ANCHOR IS UP - (or nearly up) and as soon as possible:
- When you think the anchor will not damage the hulls (even if not up completely), give the 'Thumbs Up to Skipper'. 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 Skipper'. 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.
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) from any coastline, we use these lifejackets and they are located in the Port Aft Room. We will bring them and hang them over the helm-seat hand-rail (we will show you where). They will be there with TETHERS and a few sets of GLOVES.
These Life Jackets are PFD-1 Auto-inflate, they meet and exceed the new Australian Standard AS 4758 and are 150N-190N. You will be advised as to the correct type during your one-on-one briefing.
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.
All crew are to immediately come on deck.
Don't stand there, 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,
4. Collect the 'RESCUE LADDER',
5. Clip onto a LIFE LINE (Port side),
6. Secure 'RESCUE LADDER'
1. Press the MOB button and EXECUTE,
2. AUTOPILOT to AUTO,
3. Turn into wind,
4. START ENGINES.