what to bring

For those sailing with us for the first time or new-comers to a yacht, we have listed some thoughts on what will make your break more enjoyable and strongly encourage you to get involved and make the most of the experience.

We have 'considerations before deciding what to pack', mixed with some ‘DO’s and DONT’s’ and 'NO-GO items'.

90% of the time, the temperature is above 25 degrees Celcius and you should pack accordingly. Storage space is limited. There is also no iron, or room for suitcases.

One soft foldable bag is perfect (if you have more, please refer to Note #1).

Select items that can be ‘easily washed’ and that are preferably ‘quick-drying’. A small 2kg washing machine is available but uses valuable freshwater, so its use is also limited to the essentials.

NO-GO Packing Items - Suitcases and/or esky’s.

Safety Ring Photo

Towels & Bedding
We carry all required shower towels and bedding. One large swimming towel is strongly encouraged.

Bathroom goodies
We supply ‘gentle’ hand wash and have stocks of Soapaderm Soap (neutral and hygienic). We also supply Johnsons Baby Shampoo and Oral-B electric toothbrush charger.

For the Ladies
Long dresses do present a significant trip hazard within our confined spaces, steep steps, and dingy boarding. Extra care needs to be taken when on board.

Additionally, some countries have strict dress codes. Please contact us beforehand if you are joining us outside Australia.

Hairdryers are a huge power consumer, and our catamaran runs on batteries. However, we do have one on board that can be used when power demands are low.

NO-GO Item- Additional hairdryers.

Washing
We can wash small quantities of laundry (2kg max) in our washing machine and we carry 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!!!

Sunscreen
We carry SPF50 sunscreen on board and encourage its use by everyone.

As a caution, sunscreen stains surfaces in particular resins and plastics in direct sunlight and presents a slip.

Snorkling gear
We encourage you to 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 ‘Murphy’ will dictate the wrong size, broken etc, so best to bring your own. 

Laptops
Laptops can be brought on board but are high theft items. They do however make good tools for watching movies and DVD’s.

Make sure you bring a 240vAC charger. Our television has a slot for DVD’s, so please feel free to bring along as many as you like.

Catamaran Solar Array

Mobiles and Cameras
While cameras are a must, mobiles can be a dampener if lost overboard. Phone coverage and/or the Internet are limited and mostly non-existent in many areas.

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
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 to other persons.

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 your feet prior to stepping on board.

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. Also, I don’t like sand in my bed!

Off the yacht, shoes are essential. If your footwear cannot tolerate salt water, try another shoe shop. As an example, we carry one pair each of thongs, runners, and coral booties, the latter being the most worn.

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

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. See #3 for our medical equipment. While we cannot prescribe Panadol to anyone, we do carry a stock that you can use.

NO-GO Drug Items - Illicit drugs and Cigarettes.

Items to Pack

Food Items
Bringing paper or cardboard onboard is frowned upon due to the increased chance of pest infestation. While the pest may be unseen, it’s in the packaging glues and folds that harbour the eggs.

Packaged fresh (or frozen) food is preferred, reusable plastic bags or small containers are second best. Sealed packaging or tinned items (with labels removed and contents marked) are also options.

If you are bringing food on board, please see Note #2.

Beverages
We have plenty of drinkable water onboard and carry a Sodastream for those who like it a little fizzy. There is also limited 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 limited and bottles 1.25Lt or larger, will not fit. If you don’t mind sharing similar beverages, we can happily increase our stocks to cater.

Checklist
In your soft-collapsable bag, consider bringing these:
- Shirts (x4)
- Pants (x3)
- Dresses (x2)
- Bathers (x2)
- Undies (x4)
- Hats (x2)
 -Goggles, snorkle 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 - Credit Cards are difficult to use)
- Backpack (small, one for each two people)

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

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Note #1 - Baggage and Containers

Please talk to us if you have any concerns about extra baggage. Rather than us offend you when you call or arrive, suitcases, esky’s and cardboard boxes are NO-GO Items.

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Note #2 - Food and food items

Please talk to us about what you are bringing onboard before you purchase the items. We are limited in space (in particular refrigeration and freezer space) and very importantly, have strict protocol on pest and vermin control. Our preference is for one person to bulk buy and split the cost.

Rather than take offence when you arrive, we do not cater for various diets, we multi-use pots and have nuts, meat, chicken and fish on board.

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Note #3 - Medical Equipment

 We carry a small basic medical box on board pertinent to most water activities.

There is no defibrillator, morphine, needles or other top end items. 

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Note #4 - Some Hazard and Safety Items

 Many liquids present as slip/bacterial hazards. These include oils, sunscreens, fish slime to mention a few. It is requested that you bring these to our attention. The galley cooktop and BBQ are normally not used when underway (ie when the anchor is up).

Yacht Ettiquette

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

The rest of this page, we will help you with. So don't be overwhelmed with the information.
Housekeeping Rules Photo

Showering and Water Use
Land-based shower = 40 l/p/p
Our hot water total = 40 litres.
That means that 1 person can empty the hot water in 1 shower!!!

If we have 4 people:
4 people x 40 litres = 160 litres
Our freshwater = 600 litres !!!

So what are we getting at?
Think of showering as a luxury, not a requirement and limit showers to 2-minutes. Tap-restricters are part of the yacht water system to limit hot water use. You can turn the hot water tap on flat out, it will be the same as turning it on ¼.

While we have a desalinator it is normally used every second 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 10 hours from our batteries to remake the 400 litres.

Bottom Line: Please don't waste water, hot or cold.

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


Hanging Herbs Photo

Toilets
ONLY USE the toilet paper provided.

The toilets are not like those on the mainland. These have small pipes and one small cutting blade plus a small water pump to discharge effluent.

Tissues, hair and small plastics present the biggest problem, jamming the cutting blade.

The flush system has three switches, so it is very important to clearly understand what to do.

If we forget to show you, please ask. Then, keep asking us if you forget…we will be very patient as the system can quickly go pear-shaped.

Cleaning
Rooms are private oases and due respect should paid before entering any room other that your own. 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 do not scrub, rather ask us for help.

We have a process/solution that dissolves the calcium and makes hard-work easy.


Team Member Photo

Want to be invited back?

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

Skippers have a few few high-stress periods. They are in shallow water, and at the beginning/end of all trips, in particular in and out of Marinas. Try and be useful and keep the chat down during these periods.

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

Mandatory Requirements
Tell someone when you go on deck alone:
- UNDERWAY by DAY or NIGHT, or
- AT ANCHOR by NIGHT.

When Single-Handed, you must:
- WEAR a LIFEJACKET, and
- Be CLIPPED to the TETHER when moving on deck.

The PLAN - before you head out, understand what is about to occur.
- What is the plan?
- What is the fall-back (or Plan B)?
- 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 attempt and have a safe outcome than do nothing and have an incident' (or argument).

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

Fighting Fires Photo

FIRES


Fires are a ships worst enemy. Be aware of where the Fire Extinguishers are located, in particular concerning your sleeping quarters. Use the ‘what if’ theory.
- What if a fire was started over the stove?
- What if a fire started in the cabin steps?
- What if a fire started in my room?

A Fire Extinguisher is no good unless you can use it and use it correctly. Most Fire Extinguishers are the BCF type, so are usable on all fires except ‘OIL FIRES’ (where you need to use a FIRE BLANKET’).

To use a Fire Extinguisher:
1. Pull the trigger pin out,
2. Facing the fire, squeeze levers between thumb and palm of your hand,
3. Use a sweeping movement at the base of the fire and SCREAM 'FIRE'.

Let everyone know, shouting is fine, just be short and precise.

Do they carry a FIRE BLANKET? Have a look around and try and locate it before you depart (Tip for ours: It's in the Galley area close to where OIL FIRES could be).

M.O.B (Man Over Board)

Someone who accidentally falls overboard while underway (or moving) is called a MOB. On most MFD’s (the rectangular navigation instruments on the yacht) is an MOB button (normally a ‘RED man with his arms up’). Impress the Skipper and ask to be shown where it is: 

SCREAM ‘MAN OVERBOARD’ (don’t remember the words? just scream to get everyone’s attention immediately).

When someone screams MAN OVERBOARD (or similar words), it is normally a requirement that everyone COME ON DECK and:

    1. Throw the LIFE RING and DAN BUOY immediately into the water, then

    2. Press the MOB once (and execute x3), then

    3. Appoint someone to keep eye contact with the MOB,

    4. Appointee to point your finger at MOB (don’t stop pointing) and don’t look away, 

    5. Yacht to be brought into wind, sails dropped, motors started and motor back to MOB position. IMPORTANT: The time to do this could see the MOB up to 1km away. It is best for the MOB to swim to the Dan Buoy and wait.

Life Jacket Photo

Lifejackets

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

Ours are behind the HELM SEAT (in a blue cover) and they are PFD-1 type, adult lifejackets.

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

The lifejacket aims to hold your head above water, not your body.
1. Don’t try and swim on your front, you will struggle & tire quickly.
2. To swim, roll onto your back and try swim backwards to a life-ring. On our yacht, swim to the DAN BOUY (which has a lifering and flashing light attached), you should see the DAN BUOY flag waiving.
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 its ever needed.

Where is the DAN BUOY and LIFE RING?

On our yacht its near the aft port sugarscoop. Go look for it, check it out and see what else is attached. Ask yourself "How would I throw it out?"

Hand Signals Photo

Useful Hand Signals

Firstly, you need to be in view of Skipper at all times. On our yacht:

Chain Direction - (facing forward, arm outstretched) point your straight arm where the anchor chain points. Do not retrieve until slack or directly below the yacht.

Anchor is being Washed - Facing down looking at the anchor.

Anchor is UP - Thumbs up to Skipper.

Casting Lines - Thumbs up to Skipper. Important while clearing a pontoon.

EMERGENCY STOP - turn and face the Skipper, arms waving above your head, intermittently pointing to the danger. It is used only at time 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.

Question Time Photo

On your list to ask...

Q 1. Where is there a spare fender and why?
A. FENDERS save yachts.
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Q 2. What do you do if it looks like we are going to hit an object?
A. Let the Skipper know.

A. Be proactive and try and protect the yacht with a fender, not your hands or any body part.

A. In shallow water ALWAYS look out for Bommies, Rocks, Obstructions or if it looks shallow, say something.
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Q 3: What are questions that need to be asked about the toilet/shower?

A. How to use the pumps.
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Q 4: You are the MOB. What would you do in the water ?
A. Don't swim to the yacht...but why?
B. Swim to the DAN BUOY (it has a flag waving) and hold onto the LIFE RING,
- DO NOT SWIM TO THE YACHTreally important,
- Curl up into the FOETAL POSITION, and WAIT.
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Q 5: Where is the closest FIRE EXTINGUISHER to your cabin? 
A. There is nearly always one in a corridor somewhere, go find it.

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Lastly, SEA SICKNESS. 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.
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 too and try and get distracted.

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