Community on board
Living on a boat is amazing. But joining someone else’s yacht is like travelling to a country with a different culture. Things are invariably done differently there, and you need to observe the routine carefully if you want to fit in. It is a prerequisite to respect each other, so we all gets a good boating experience.
It is important that you can tolerate the company of others, also for longer periods of time. Disagreements between crew members and even small dissatisfaction, (like you expect to arrive at a certain time and you don’t or you are tired from the night watch) it can accumulate. There for it’s important to clear the air.
When living together there will be times where you need a bit of privacy. The best places to be alone are to go to your cabin or in the stern of the boat to relax. When at dock you can take a few of hours walking.
Daily routines & rotation
There will be watch keeping duty on board. Sometimes also at night when we are laying for anchor. There will be 1 or 2 persons on every duty. The length will be 2-4 hours.
- 8 am- 10 am = forenoon watch
- 10 am- noon = second Forenoon watch
- noon- 4 pm = Afternoon watch
- 4 pm- 8 pm = Dog watch
- 8 pm- midnight = Second dog watch
- midnight- 4 am = Middle watch
- 4 am- 8 am = Morning watch
Skipper will be on deck in heard weather or difficult passages and is at any time available if needed.
Tasks during the watch:
- First of all, keep looking.
- Ensure safety sailing ( avoid collision with other ships, objects or reef and follows the route.
- Steer the boat ( If not on autopilot)
- Turn on and off the lanterns.
- Under sailing regularly check the condition of the boat like rope, wire, loose part etc.
- When using the engine continuously check Oil pressure, water temperature.
- Keep a log
- And the most important MAKE COFFEE.
Alert the skipper if:
- There are significant weather changes (Wind speed, visibility or traffic conditions)
- Something does not work as planned.
- There are doubts about position.
- There are doubts about the second ships intentions.
- In danger of collision.
It is better to call the skipper once too often than once too little.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking, considerately to the other crew members, on the assigned spot is okay. Any smoking other places on the boat, including in the cabins, is strictly prohibited for safety reasons. If discovered, the offending crew member will be required to leave the boat immediately.
We do not drink alcohol before or under a watch keeping. Drinking alcohol is allowed, but in moderation. However, if as a result of excessive consumption, the captain decides that a crew has become a danger to himself or a danger to the safety. Then the offending crew member will be required to leave the boat immediately. But when we’re anchored up it’s a tradition to gather for a sundowner.
All types of narcotics, including hash and pot, are strictly prohibited. This rule also entails periods of time where you are not on board the boat. Use or keeping of any narcotic will induce immediate discharge from the boat.
Food and water
Yachts have everything you need to live on them. But things aren’t quite the same as living in a house. Yachts have limited food storage. Fresh food does not last as long and therefor part of the food are stewed and canned. We try to keep things simple when you are at sea.
We have a hot and cold supply in the galley and the washroom, but the water supply is limited. The water will be needed for drinking, cooking, washing up and cleaning teeth, so it’s important to use the water carefully.
- Never leave a tap running.
- Use the plug in the sink, and run as little water as possible.
To brush your teeth, fill a small cup with water. Use this to wet the brush, rinse
your mouth, and swish your toothbrush around in the rest.
Using electricity (When not using shore power)
Don’t waste battery power. Turn lights off when not in use. When running the engine, you can be more relaxed with battery supply. Take the opportunity to power up your phone or Ipad. We do have solar panels and a lots of battery on board. So when the sun shine ( and the sun shines almost all the time) you can charge your things.
Rubbish is collected in bags and stored so that it can be disposed of onshore.
- Pack the rubbish as tightly as possible (squash tins and cartons) so that it can be stored easily.
- Biodegradable material ( leftover food) can be discarded at sea if well offshore.
The heads (toilet)
The heads have a system for flushing sea water through them, so they don’t use the fresh water supply. We have a holding tank for heads waste, which is later pumped out at special shore facilities or at sea. Ordinary toilet paper actually disintegrates in water and so it can be flushed. Other paper like tissues, kitchen towel, wet wipes does not disintegrate when wet.
If you do block the heads, tell the captain. It’s not the end of the