A short time at sea, even if only for a few days in a relatively limited area, is quite similar to a longer voyage in many respects. Thus, it is worth a moment to reflect on possible problems that may arise and to become familiar with the rules of shipboard life. That familiarity will lead to a successful and more enjoyable undertaking.
Quite apart from more or less perfect weather, at sea you need a calm state of mind. You should be prepared to enjoy a vacation, to fulfill your personal needs as well as respect those of others. That is what will lead to a more harmonious interaction with the sea around you, with the vessel, itself, and with those who are sharing the experience with you.
Yet anyone who has ever been at sea knows that there are pitfalls in living together at close quarters, and there are frustrations that come from capricious weather conditions interfering with plans, all things that can challenge good spirits. Such problems, however, can be effectively handled with good will, with equanimity in facing whatever comes up, and by following certain rules of rules of behavior and safety:
- Do not waste shipboard resources. You are not in your home on terra firma; water and electricity on a boat are precious and should be used with care. Particularly, excessive water consumption can effect a vacation adversely since resupply is not always easy or even available in some places.
- Be neat. Keep your personal items in order and in their proper places. Do not infringe upon the areas of others or upon common areas.
- If you use shipboard accessories, return them carefully to their proper places so that others may use them.
- Move about the vessel calmly and without haste; you risk slipping or falling and injuring yourself. Do not be foolhardy! If you have any doubts about even the smallest thing, ask the skipper. On board, helping one another even in simple matters helps to make everything safer.
- Interact constructively with the skipper and with your companions. If you are more expert than others in certain areas, help out and give advice such that others may more easily become part of life on board.
- In port or at anchor, respect the peace and quiet of others on board your own as well as nearby boats, particularly after a certain hour in the evening. Also, know your physical limits; do not get carried away in an attempt to “over-enjoy” your vacation.
- Share the pleasant moments on board with others. Feel free to offer a coffee, a drink or snack to those around you. That is a good way to interact and to contribute to the formation of a cohesive group spirit.
What to bring:
- Baggage: we recommend a large soft bag that can be easily stowed. Absolutely avoid suitcases with rigid trolleys. Stowage space on board is limited.
- Clothing: essential and comfortable wear for shipboard as well as ashore; include a jacket or light windbreaker, pants or trousers, sweater, a large bath-towel and pareo, a cap or hat with sun-visor, and a woolen cap for the evening or in case of inclement weather. cattivo.
- Footwear: do not bring more than two pairs of shoes. Shoes worn on board have to be soft with white anti-slip rubber soles; they may be worn only on board. Bring sandals or light shoes to wear ashore; shoes with high soles or high heels are useless for walking around small ports.
- Don’t forget: camera, sunglasses, protective sun-screen cream or lotion (the kind that is not greasy), bath-shampoo that may be used in seawater.
- Do not bring: greasy creams and/or foaming shampoo; they do not biodegrade and are dangerous to the environment; hair-dryers or other high-consumption 220 V devices.