The captain’s advice

These tips are addressed to those who, for the first time in life, set foot on a boat.

For reasons of hygiene it is better that the dirt that you walk on the street does not get on the boat, because someone could lie right where you put your shoes after stepping on the scales of a fish, the puddle with mud or after treading on the needs of dogs … ..

In addition to a problem of narrowness of rooms, little circulation of air, saturation of the premises, absorption of smoke by the upholstery, the ash that would fall on the floor, the danger of burning something, the annoyance that some they would try to breathe stale air, to facilitate the onset of motion sickness, there is also a real problem of danger: the kitchen runs on gas!

Do not leave it around, because you may not find it anymore, it could slip into the water.

Then, calmly, especially if the situation of the moment required immediate action, you will have all the time to ask the skipper for explanations, if it is not he who anticipates your request. Sometimes, circumstances require immediate reaction, otherwise it is easy that something goes wrong: the commander, who knows the boat and knows how to go by sea, provides these possibilities and seeks, with the help of the whole crew, to cope with it. A discussion, a position, a moment of distraction or hesitation …… ..and everyone would suffer: the crew in the first place, but also the boat!

Make sure that everything under deck  inside the boat) is in place and well fixed: at the first signs of wind (and it will be the commander who will warn), the boat will tilt and everything that is not fixed, will end on the opposite side, to return to the initial place, to the first turn (curve). If this is not a problem for a shirt, think what would happen to a bottle of oil, a jar of salt, the sink full of water and soap, the glass full of juice, the CD holder, the phone inadvertently left on the chart table , to the pile of dishes to wash …

Among the preparations for a sailing holiday, it is very important to organize the galley, that is everything you need on board to ensure lunches and dinners that will be a side of your holiday.

When preparing the galley for a boat holiday, some details must be taken

  • everything must be kept in the appropriate compartments to prevent something from rolling or falling when maneuvering or navigating;
  • drinking water is never enough!

Given these assumptions, we can go shopping!

Breakfast Milk, Coffee BEST Nespresso pods, Fruit juices, Biscuits, Brioches, Jam, Honey Lunch and dinner Pasta, Pesto, Canned tuna, Tomato pulp, Salad in envelope, Corn, Cherry tomatoes, Bread, Breadsticks, Crackers, Friselle, Olive oil, Anchovies. Appetizer Pretzels, Peanuts, Potato Chips, Cola, Tonic Water, Lemonade, Vodka, Rum. Drinks Water, white wine, beer.

Quantity and quality are at your discretion. (Remember that the Skipper is always a guest of the crew …)

Of course, the fish should be bought in the ports or if you prefer you can go to the restaurant a few nights and then avoid cleaning the kitchen! Although it is not very environmentally friendly, it is better to buy plates and plastic cups, also because so you consume less water, so on blue magic it is not a problem! After shopping, you are ready to go boating. Once inside it is good to arrange everything before leaving and especially to hire one or two people, so you can ask where necessary to find ingredients and dishes.

To take part in a cruise on a sailboat it is not necessary to be an expert sailor, just love the sea, the company and have a minimum of spirit of adaptation and crew. In fact, a sailboat offers many comforts, but it is a small environment where everyone’s needs must live together in harmony. So some small renunciation will certainly be repaid by a unique holiday of its kind.

What to bring on a sailing boat cruise?

Life on a boat is very different than what we are used to living every day on dry land, so you feel a bit ‘disoriented before starting to pack! A small bag is enough and advances for a week … if you then talk about a weekend just a backpack … in fact, avoid unnecessary things! Rigid bags and trolleys are absolutely forbidden for the suitcase … better an easily stowed bag or a soft suitcase!

Your clothes must be comfortable to guarantee freedom of movement.

Bring a few things, you will avoid sleeping, both you and others, with unnecessary things in the cabin … avoid carrying bulky things! We advise you to put a good book in the bag!

On the sailboat there are no medicines, do not forget yours if you use something specific and remember to advise the skipper if you suffer from any particular pathology.

How does a sailboat cruise work?

Sailing is a religion with its rhythms … there is no hurry the pace is punctuated by the wind! There is the possibility of cooking, drinking, sleeping and relaxing … do not leave with the desire of haste!

What is individual boarding?

To take a boat holiday it is not necessary to form a group to fill the boat. You can participate in our cruises even by just sharing the boat with others. Under the coordination of the skipper are carried out in turn all the maneuvers and on-board affairs. With this formula there is the possibility to create new friendships on board … it is a different way to learn sailing by sharing this experience with other sea lovers!

How many days is it better to do?

A weekend sailing in the spring is a great taste for those approaching the sail for the first time, but also a way to enjoy the sea to full without the crowded summer. In the summer instead (July and August) only whole weeks are available. For those who have little time or it’s his first experience a week is ideal. For the more resourceful we recommend two weeks that allow longer navigation and above all to achieve a good symbiosis with the sea element …

How much do you surf?

It depends on the time and the skills of the guests. On average, days of navigation are interspersed with days of total relaxation in some beautiful bay where you can fish, swim, explore the coast, The navigations are not binding and the islands are close enough to each other sometimes very close.

Where do you sleep at night?

This is at the guests’ choice: often you sleep anchored in the bay (cove) under the stars but you can also spend the night in the harbor to dive into the worldliness! In any case, even at anchor you can land with the boat.

What are the extra charges?

Fuel, food and mooring costs in port. These must be divided among all the guests and are managed with a common box. The fuel usually amounts to a few euros each (from 15 to 25 euros). If the week is windy it can also be much less! The food is self-managed by the guests: they shop together and cook in turn (with the captain in charge). You spend like at home. Mooring costs: they depend on how often you go to port. Apart from the first and last night of the week usually breaks mid-week with a port, to make a galley and maybe a dinner outside and a bit of social life. In order to make a fair compromise between roads and harbors that will then be 4 nights in the harbor and 3 nights in the ports. The cost can vary from € 50 (180 in July-August) per night, always to be shared between everyone. Who cooks in a boat? The kitchen is managed by guests

Do I have to bring home food?

Not necessary! Normally we do the shopping in supermarkets immediately before evening so as to leave immediately in the morning. Of course you can bring some specialties of the place you live in: it is also important to eat well in the boat!

Who maneuvers the sailboat?

The skipper directs the maneuvers but the collaboration of everyone is necessary. Naturally nothing challenging will be required and everyone will participate according to their possibilities.

What experience is needed?

None! You do not need to have already been on a boat or be familiar with the sea. It only serves spirit of adventure and adaptability.

Will I suffer from seasickness?

Seasickness has a strong psychological component. We avoid facing situations that are too demanding, but it is normal that on the first day one feels a bit lost and that the most sensitive ones feel nausea. Usually the thing is resolved within a few hours and the more you are motivated to react (for example by getting busy on board, steering, etc.), first passes. For the most sensitive, however, many remedies are on the market including the “patches”. Do they need towels? Yes, however there are also on board What do you need to sleep on a sailboat? Sheets and pillowcase and sleeping bag, blankets and pillow are supplied What will it be UNUSABLE to take on a cruise on a sailboat? Here is a list of things that people often bring and that remains punctually inside the bag:

  • many pairs of long pants
  • shoes
  • boots (could only be used before June and after the end of August)
  • beach games (beach tennis, mats, …)
  • hairdryer

Can I charge the phone, the digital camera, etc. on the boat? The current ac 220V is not always available :. The 12V current is always available.

It must never be missing

  • Set for personal cleaning
  • A waxed or simple windproof jacket
  • Lightweight sneakers (to be used only by boat in winter)
  • Rubber slippers for the shower in the marina (avoid hooves)
  • Sun hat (light)
  • Sun glasses
  • Medicines: aspirin and analgesics, creams for insect bites and those suffering from seasickness TRANSCOP in patches (in pharmacy)
  • Phone battery charger

In summer

  • 3-5 t-shirts
  • 2-3 shorts
  • 2-3 swimwear
  • sweatshirt, comfortable trousers for the evening
  • beach towel to be used on deck
  • tanning creams with high protective factor (do not carry oil)

In winter

  • waxed
  • waxed trousers
  • suit
  • sweatshirt
  • stacks
  • sweaters
  • wool hat
  • fleece gloves
  • glasses

As soon as he is on board, empty your bag and arranges all the clothes in the lockers, in the cabinets, in the drawers, in the lockers and then place it under the bed. When you need something, you will find it immediately. But if you leave everything inside, or worse still, in disorder, when you need something urgently, you will not find it … and it will be worse! Also, if necessary, you can ask someone to go to your cabin to get a sweatshirt, a windbreaker, a blanket, specifying the exact place: if not, the poor guy would find himself looking for a thousand things, not finding , what you asked for!

Let the skipper finish the maneuvers, make sure the anchor has grabbed (has set), turn off the engine and only then … GO!

After a bath, do not walk on the wooden benches of the cockpit and do not sit in the wet costume: the sea water, being salty, retains moisture and in the evening, in the harbor, the benches will not dry anymore and you could not enjoy the outdoor dinner!

It would wet the ladder, the dunnage and even more, risking to slip and get really bad!

…. Usually not on blue magic because the water we produce it … 130 liters per hour!

You throw them in the toilet and then rinse; two more sheets and rinse again, two more and rinse. If you do not do this, the paper will pile up and block the exhaust pipe.

You can use the Phon … .. we have power at will!

For daily summer excursions do not need anything else: swimsuit, beach towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and hat. An anorak can always come in handy.

In summer you tend to be barefoot on board. But if you prefer you can wear sailing shoes or sneakers with a clear and clean rubber sole.

Mandatory soft bags. Banned rigid suitcases that take up space that is also empty and that can not be stowed. Remember that the space available is limited.

As for excursions it is good to be comfortable clothes and have something to go out in the evening.

The linen is included in the price: pillowcases, mattress covers, sheets and blankets.

We do not have towels.

The habit of the boat is acquired after a short time. In any case, we recommend taking xamamine or patches against seasickness.

It is advisable to apply the patches or take the tablets a few hours before setting off, giving them time to take effect


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