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In this section we want to explain how life is organized on board, and what you have to keep in mind to live some days aboard a sailboat.
IN COASTAL CRUISES:
Baggage: Our experience is that almost all our guests bring much more luggage than needed during the cruise. Therefore, our advice is to keep it simple: A few t-shirts and swimwear will be the main thing; Some warmer clothing for evenings on deck is welcome. Apart of this, the minimum and always light and fresh. As for footwear, barefoot is usual living at anchorage in the Med, but if you want to take some shoes for walking on deck during maneuvers, should be white soles (nautical type) to avoid deck stains. For the rest, sandals for walking on land is sufficient. It is important that the bags are canvas type sports bag, as this may fold and store in the bottom of a closet when on board. No need to bring sheets: beds will be ready when coming aboard. We also have snorkel gear, and we keep a good stock of books on board, so you don't need to bother with these in your baggage. Just do not forget a beach towel and sunscreen. And looking forward to navigate and fun.
Organization: As you know, we operate in full board, so no need to worry about shopping for groceries. By contrast, drinks and snacks are up to you, so that you can buy what you need before boarding or at any time during the cruise.
The cruise plan can be adapted depending on your circumstances and interests, but usually we will sail every day between one and four hours, depending on the route, usually in the morning, but sometimes also in the afternoon. This approach provides sufficient time for other activities that can be performed at anchor: swimming, diving, shore excursions, etc.. etc, relax in one word.
We usually have meal anchored in a cala, chosen so that the movement is minimized onboard. Evenings can be spent in port if you prefer, but given the ongoing saturation of almost every marine is advisable to opt for overnighting in protected coves and bays, making the cruise much more interesting, away from land noise and stress. As we have a dinghy almost 4 meters long, we can reach shore shore whenever want, to know the area around the mooring, shopping, excursions etc.
The use of watermaker allows us to not depend of going to port to fill the tanks, but as always in a boat, fresh water is a precious commodity and its consumption should be minimized. Taking advantage of the seawater around us and following our instructions, will facilitate the task.
As for the dizziness, there is usually no problem, but if you are especially prone can adapt the cruise plan, protected waters looking to minimize their effects.
ON OCEAN PASSAGES:
Luggage: It is advisable to bring waterproof clothing. For coastal trips less than a week a good raincoat will suffice; at the other end, to cross the North Atlantic back to Europe is advisable a complete water suit, with jacket, pants and boots. A lightweight sleeping bag will be useful, which is more practical than the sheets to sleep at sea. Moreover, comfortable clothes and white-soled shoes. Do not bother with excessive luggage that you won't use, and as always, the bags should not be rigid but made of fabric to be folded and stored on board.
Organization: Unlike coastal cruises, during ocean passages the idea is to join a crew, so that the work is distributed by turns: sea watches, cooking, cleaning, etc... apart of more "marine" tasks as maneuvring or taking the helm.
The distribution of the watches will be agreed for all the crew, alone or in pairs depending on the circumstances and experience of each member. You will see that once you get used, life in the sea takes its own pace...