Life on a Sailboat
Living a week on a sailboat in Greece is a unique and unforgettable adventure
In order for this experience to be as harmonious and enjoyable as possible, we offer some practical advice. With hopes of enriching the group living experience, we suggest everyone participate by contributing their own personal knowledge and experience to enrich daily life abroad.
Breakfasts and lunches eaten on board are prepared by those present.
ONBOAT DAILY CLEANING
Order and cleanliness on board are essential in helping to make a gratifying week for all.
All crew-members are responsible in keeping the vessel shipshape.
One reason for order when sailing is to assure safe navigation.
To this end, objects below decks should always be completely stowed before casting off. The smallest wave can cause articles to fall damaging the boat.
The same goes for the deck of the vessel, the bridge and the cockpit.
So, in order to ensure complete freedom of movement for all sailing maneuvers; footwear, beach towels, dishes, etc…are to be removed from the bridge.
The captain and mate are professionals with many years of experience navigating with and without crews. They are there to assure your security and wellbeing. It is important to heed their advice and observations.
We recommend lightweight closed-toed footwear for use on deck for good stability.
A common money pool will be created to cover the different costs during the week:
basic needs onboard for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, drinks and appetizers.
dinners on land at the different local taverns, where you will have the opportunity to taste excellent Greek dishes. (Our team makes sure to take you to traditional taverns where the food is always very good quality as well as reasonably priced).
diesel fuel, water provisions for the boat, different taxes including port taxes and boat cleaning at the end of the week.
The total cost for this pot is 250 euros per person.
Our representative will manage this pot, allowing the crew to be free of these daily formalities.
The person responsible keeps track of all expenditures in a ledger where expenses are recorded with their respective receipts.
This book is always available for all on board.
(At the end of the week, if there are funds remaining, they will be divided among the crew.) Missing French text
The pot will not cover individual purchases in port (drinks, ice cream, etc…)
Normally, there is plenty of water aboard (for showers and washing dishes) because our team takes care of filling up the water in each port that allows it. Nevertheless, there are some important factors to keep in mind on boat.
We recommend paying close attention to water usage, not to let the water run unnecessarily while washing dishes or by taking repeated showers.
The water is contained in two tanks that are approximately 600L/159G depending on the size of the vessel.
Although this seems a lot of water for 8-10 people, the tanks can empty quite rapidly if we are not cautious in our usage.
We recommend not showering after each dip in the sea, but rather after you have taken your last swim of the day.
The tap water heats up with a water heater that is powered by the boats’ batteries.
For potable water, we have plenty of bottled mineral water bought on shore.
As for the toilet, you will quickly learn the flushing mechanism, as well as the showers (very simple).
Never put paper or other products in the toilet, as it is flushes directly into the sea.
Therefore, it’s preferable not to use the toilet while at anchor, if others are swimming near the vessel.
The vessel’s motor charges the batteries providing electricity.
Refrigerators are always full of bags of ice to help keep them cold with the idea of saving battery energy.
Electric converters for 220w plugs are available for charging each person’s electronic devices (cell phones, cameras, etc…).
Again, be careful not to waste electricity since the boat’s motor is only on for a few hours per day while navigating.
INSURANCE AND ACCIDENTS
In the case of serious injury, a civil liability insurance policy will cover all members present on board the boat. Nevertheless, if during the cruise you yourself lose or cause damage to anything pertaining to the boat, you are responsible for replacing or repairing it.
In this case, money from the common money pot would initially cover the repairs. The crew is collectively responsible.
The members of our team that accompany you all week are allowed to accept tips.