How does the diving work? Does it cost extra?
I love to find good dive and snorkel spots in regions were diving makes sense. I am a divemaster and like to take interested crew with me on some underwater adventures. If you never dived before and would like to try I can take you on a first try in shallow water. That does not mean that we are a diveboat and dive every day. We do discuss that with our crew and see what the preferences are. And even if we are all divers we will likely not dive every day since the compressor is a limiting factor.
Most of the divespots we visit are good freedive or snorkeling spots.
I do not charge extra for the diving and do it as long it is fun for all of us.
4 tanks, weights, regulators and 3 BCDs are on bord.
If you have your own regulator and BCD bring it with you.
Bring your own ABC (mask, snorkel, fins) equipement. Nice to have is a weight belt (without weight;-) and a divecomputer or divewatch if you have.
Diving is on your own risk – my equipment is used and well serviced by myself.
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 Jabsco 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. Although we have a large watermaker we run it with solar power – so freshwater is limited to about 120l/day. 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.
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
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)