Everything for the crew …

(Better to turn sideways)

Friends who've sailed with us

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Amber & Matt
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Michèlle & Michel
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John & Ellen
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James & Sam
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Mike ’n Floss
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Family McBain 2015
Antalya Gimi Team 2015
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Alan & Dog
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Paolo, Isa, Grigori
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Bulent & Sezin
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Family Koç
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Family Pinto
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Ales & Gogi
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2013 & 2014
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Graham & Josy
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Pasqualina & Renzo
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Family Viscomi
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John & Sue
2013 & 2014
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Gavin & Jane 2013 & 2014

What to pack

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  • Use soft sided bags (hard shell cases are difficult to store)
  • Bring clothing appropriate for a hot climate, lightweight and quick drying
  • Swimming costume!
  • IF we plan an overnight passage, bring something warm to wear while on watch at 2am (check with Captain … but usually it's day sailing only)
  • White soled shoes (only) for walking on deck (or bare feet). This isn’t just a fancy sailing thing. It’s very practical, toes hurt when stubbed & Shoes grip the decks better when it’s wet
  • Sunburn & windburn can be very debilitating so bring a wide rimmed hat, your own sunscreen (we use SPF +50 ) and lip balm and sunglasses, preferably with UV protection
  • Since the boat is an Australian Registered Vessel sailing outside of Australia, all crew members (including locals) will require identification (local ID or International Passport) as the boat moves from port to port

Please read …

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  • Try not to bring hard sided luggage of any type
  • As you can imagine, storage space on a boat is a premium. We have a lot, but it's reserved for what we need to sail or live on board.
  • Preferably use bags that can collapse or squash when empty. Duffle bags, boat gear bags, even simple cheap canvas bags are all good and rucksacks (backpacks) are OK as long as the frame is not cumbersome

What we provide

  • Bedding linen (sheets and pillow cases)
  • Bath towels / swimming towels
  • Shampoo and soap, toilet paper
  • Cooking gas, diesel etc
  • All safety gear (see below)
  • We have a range of sailing gear you can use (no promises for colour, style or fit :)
  • We always have spare hats and sunscreen, but … we prefer you bring your own please, especially sun screen (recommend SPF 50+)

At your expense …

  • Obviously, your own transport costs to get to us wherever we are (flights, ferry etc). We try our hardest to come to the place we’ve agreed to … but if we cannot get there on time you may have some extra costs
  • While on board with us, if our itinerary takes us to a marina, then we ask you to take a share of any marina costs (e.g. $60 / 4 people = $15 each). Marina costs vary from place, type of facility and time of year. This could range anywhere from $20 per night 'off season' in a small backwater to $200 per night on the Italian coast in August.
  • Of course, we anchor in some beautiful and interesting places … no marina costs at anchor ...
  • We don’t expect you to pay for diesel or cooking gas. We use the boat for our own enjoyment and at our own cost. You are there as our guest. However, if we need to press on at crack neck speed with the engine, only so you can catch a plane then could offer to pay for the diesel.

Duty Free …

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We have plenty on board but somehow it always disappears :)

The skipper really likes Single Malts and what girl doesn’t appreciate a wee bit of bubbly or the odd G&T.

I’m always happy to reimburse you the cost of a bottle of Laphroag or Bowmore … so if you have time please bring me one and I’ll pay you later.

Boat rules (sorry)

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We're a NON-SMOKING boat. This includes all areas inside AND out on deck. ZERO. Smoking ashore is the only option - sorry.
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NO peeing over the sides gentlemen (and ladies?). Even in good weather, even at anchor on a calm night. It's a safety issue.
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No toilet roll can be flushed in the toilet nor any other solids that didn't come from your own rear end:). That includes sanitary items, dental floss, condoms etc
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Shoes worn ashore (including deck shoes) cannot not be worn back on board since they cause scratches and dirty decks

Ted’s story (please read)

Ted is a friend of ours. He sails a beautiful Sense 50 called ‘Boxter’ … This is one of his Sailblogs last year. Funny thing, no matter how experienced people are they always get uneasy when I start on the ‘don’t put paper in the loo’ routine … as much as to say “Who me?” … read on ….
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Captain reaches new lows...
aka...the beauty of luxury cruising
in the Med!
- Open Letter to the Dearest Crew - that abandoned mother ship a week ago...
I was procrastinating but I knew.....this beautiful moment was coming my way. My stunning wife is about to come on board and I knew it would have broken her heart, if she thought that I was neglecting Boxter...
So off I went - first I have taken big breath, had a good look around....then I dived into the gutter, to have deeper understanding what is really there ... And after I had a good look into it, you would clearly see what I found! Not only a a bucketful of toilet paper but ... looking up close ... a good yard of tooth floss ...
It taken me good couple of hours to untangle this stupid floss from the pump's rotor. Yes it rotated about 70,000 times since my crew members tried to burn this pump, hoping that the "stuff" will eventually flow... After that discovery, I had a really good talk to one of the crew members. We had a really, really good chat. I even called him about two dozens names his Mum and Dad wouldn't ever come up with ... what a shame he wasn't here!
So the crew member who just liked too much paper, seems to be an Angel - comparably with the floss Einstein - who thought that toilet is the very private space and no one will ever know ... If this crew member is still in possession of his manhood today and willing to put his hand up - I will give you very useful advise for your courage - which may save your life. Whatever you have planned yourself for tomorrow - cancel! Go first in the morning to the nearest dentist - and order whole brand new set of teeth for yourself. I know you can afford it....and what a life it could be without a floss!!! Once you have done that, you should go to the Harvard University and apply for the Dean's position - in the College of Science of Common Sense. I will gladly support your application, with all the evidence on hand!
And lastly, next time when I lecture everyone on board and everyone thinks it's obvious and boring - think about it. It could be for you exactly that - but don't roll your eyes - you may be standing next to the floss Einstein....and he may need all the help he can get!!!! But don't worry, don't thank me at all - as the song goes: "......that's what the friends are for...."
Love you all.... Yours,

First thing we do when you arrive …

Upon arrival for the first time on board you will receive a safety briefing
On the first day to sea with us you will participate in man overboard practice (all crew including seasoned sailors)
All crew will be briefed on how to use the radio in case of emergency
All crew will be briefed on how to start the engine and how to drop sails quickly
There will, at all times, be a watch on deck.
24 hours a day someone must be on deck to tend to the boat, check the course and weather and most importantly watch out for collision at sea.
And more …

Inventory of safety equipment

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Liferaft - 6 Man fully serviced
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Lifebouy & strobe light
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Emergency sling for MOB retrieval
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Throwable lifebuoy self inflates
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Self inflating Life Jackets
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Headlamps (red & white lights)
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Safety Harnesses
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Jack Lines to clip safely lines
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Personal EPIRBS for wearing
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Emergency distress beacon (EPIRB)
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Radio with MOB tracking distress messaging
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Chart Plotter with MOB tracking
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Stern ladder built into transom
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Radar for difficult conditions
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AIS transmitter and receiver
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Australian Registered vessel
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Satellite phone
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Radar reflectors so ships see us
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Sea Anchor for heavy weather
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Paper charts of all areas sailed
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First Aid kits
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Fire Extinguishers
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Emergency Grab Bag (extra safety gear)
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Full range of flares
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Glomax WebBoat (mobile offshore)
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Spotlight - 1km range
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Strong Sarca Excel anchor