One big drawback of life aboard a boat is that we miss all of our friends and family. We’d love to have you come visit and if you’re going to be a guest aboard a boat, I suggest you take a good listen, this list doesn’t do it justice.
Upon arrival, you will get a tour of the boat, lifejackets, tethers, first-aid kit, VHF communications, EPIRB, and go over emergency protocol. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be a wild ride, but we’re less stressed when everyone is prepared.
-A bag you’re willing to sleep with (
-Grab some mini packing bags to organize your things
-3-4 thin, comfortable T-shirts
-3-4 thin, comfortable shorts
-1 pair of soft pants (think sweats or yoga pants)
-1 sweatshirt or long sleeve shirt
-1 pair of
-1 pair of sturdy sandals. Keens or Crocs are recommended. Try to stay away from flip-flops
– 2-3 swimsuits
**We would much rather do a quick scrub of clothes after a few days than pack too much.
-toiletries (makeup is a minimum and hairdryers aren’t an option)
-reef-friendly sunscreen/sun shirts
-prescription in original labelled bottles
Whatever you bring, plan to take away. Try to stay clear of bottles of things that you will be throwing away. Instead, try reusable bottles of shampoo that you can refill. Use bar soap, rather than a bottle of body soap. Throw away outside packaging if things are individually packaged.
BUDGET & MEALS
Most of us live on a strict budget. Don’t expect meals in restaurants. Any help financial (splitting the cost of food, for example) will be warmly welcomed.
Please bring your cell phones and devices. They can be charged when the generator is running or the inverter is on. This typically happens in the morning or evening, depending on the family’s routines.
**Use sparingly. No leaving lights on at all. We make our own electricity and don’t like to waste it.
A MAJOR CONCERN
Water is constantly monitored throughout the day. We fill by lugging jugs, paying for it at the dock, or a water maker. Use only what you NEED. Never leave it on – not to brush teeth, not to wash hands, not to shower. You turn it on to wet the surface, turn it off and soap up, turn it on to rinse off – and that’s it. No luxuriating with water in the shower. It is not how we de-stress.
NEVER PUT TOILET PAPER INTO THE TOILET. THROW IT OUT.
The toilets on boats get clogged very easily – and a plunger isn’t the way to fix it. You will have to take apart the ENTIRE system to clean out a toilet clogged with toilet paper. It will take most of a day. You will need to take your dirty toilet paper and throw it into the
WORKLOAD & HELP
Just ask. Try not to help with something unless you ask first. There are so many reasons for everything. We would LOVE the help, and encourage you to help when we are going about life, but just ask first. It’s nothing personal.
KIDS & FAMILY LIFE
Boat kids are an awesome bunch. They’re great to hang out with, but they’re still kids. Parenting on a boat looks a little different than on land. We have very strict rules about lifejackets and other situations, but then you’ll see our kids flying through the rigging and around the boat with lines – which will make you cringe. There are different boundaries, which is why we chose this type of lifestyle. Just watch and learn. 🙂
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The head and water are the two main concerns when guests are present. How you deal with water and toilet paper will be the deciding factor in whether or not you are invited back. Take it seriously. Seriously.
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