Life on Board

How does the kitesurfing work? Do I need my own equipement?

On my tour around the world we explored many good kitespots. With Too Wild we dedicate certain trip for kitesurfing and sailing only. The advantage in kiting from the boat is that you often have the spot for yourself especially when you can start from the boat. Together with other kiters we developed a safe system to launch the kite from the boat. The boat with its large plattform on the stern is ideal for kitesurfing – launching from the boat is not difficult if its done right. If you want to join on one of this kite trips you need to bring your own equipement and you should be able to kite windward. On some trips (no dates fixed jet) there will be an instructor on bord who can provide equipement and give you private lessons.  If there is no wind at all freediving is a good alternative activity.

How does the freediving work?

To reduce weight and have more fun sailing I will leave all the scuba gear at home and instead focus on freediving. On each trip there will be a little freedive lesson for thoose interested. Best is to bring your own mask and snorkel and if possible fins. Worst case I have equipement I can borrow you. For masks: Freedive masks are smaller – a good choice for my face is the Omer UP for about 30e.

Can I rely on the timeplan?

Routes are planned with enough safety so that you can plan your flights accordingly. It always makes sense to keep your flights flexible in case something unforeseeable happens. In the past 8 years, 2 circumnavigations and 80000nm we have managed to be on time.

How can I feel well and clean on such a confined space as a boat?  

Pack away your goods inside, on deck and at the saloon table.
Make your beds.
Wash, dry and stow away dishes – don´t leave them in the sink. Clean stains of coffee and tea or red wine right away.
Leave the bathroom in clean and dry condition.
Avoid bringing sand onto the boat or into the dingy.
Close side hatches while sailing and top hatches at night to avoid the mist getting in.

Can I charge my electronic goods – computers, mobile, music?

Larger 220v devices such as computers, can be charged when the engine is running by plugging into 220v plugs, small devices such as phones, shavers, ipods can be charged any time.

How does the toilet work?

The toilets are standard manual toilets. They don´t like anything else than what you have eaten. Toilet paper is collected separately in a plastic bag. After the blackwater is out, flush at least 20 times to make sure all the blackwater leaves the system.

How can we do with such little energy?

The scarcest things on a passage are propane, fuel, electricity and water.  Use fresh water thoughtful. Use a lid when you cook. Switch off lights when not needed. We wash dishes with as little fresh water as possible – turn taps only half on, Cook only as much water needed for coffee or tea and only as much as needed.

What shoes are best for sailing?

Non skid sole shoes preferably white to avoid black marks. When the deck is wet like in the morning, your sailing shoes are better than barefoot.  When sailing, it is a good idea to wear your shoes. I use Crocs as sailings shoes (the real ones do have good antiskid soles and dry fast) for safety reasons when it is wet to avoid slipping off into the water.
Flip Flops and hiking- or jogging shoes will do on land.

Sleeping – what should I bring myself?

You should bring your own towel and fitted bedsheet (1,4m *2m) plus a linen (normally warm enough) to cover yourself. The nights in the tropics are warm. If not we have blankets on bord. You also get a cushion plus cover from us. Bring good earplugs – on a boat there are always some noises.

Things to bring from home:

  • Boat shoes
  • Land shoes (flip flops and sport or hiking shoes)
  • Head lamp
  • Sun cream
  • Sun protection (a hat) for your head
  • Mosquito spray
  • Sunglasses (best polarised to spot the reefs when you are on lookout)
  • Fitted bedsheet 1,4m * 2m, Towel, linen to cover yourself at night
  • Ear plugs

Nice to have:

  • Safety equipment is on bord – see above – also you can bring your own personal life jacket and if you have a personal MOB or PLB
  • Snorkel and mask and flippers (fins) – we do have 2 pairs on bord for guests but you surely have more fun with your own stuff.
  • Light rain jacket on the islands – a good rain gear on bluewater passages – for me personaly a jacket is enough.
  • Waterproof safety flashing light (when you fall over board in the night)
  • E reader ( I have about 200 ebooks in EPUB format I can share)