Q : What do I need to know?
Not very much. Common sense is the key. We all wear life jackets all the time when we’re underway and I give a thorough briefing on safety considerations before we get underway. (The main one is, don’t fall over the side. No one ever has fallen overboard and we intend to keep that record clean.)
On some of our boats, if you’re taller than 6 feet, you also have to be aware of the boom, particularly when we tack. It moves pretty slowly, in fact, the real danger is walking into it
Q: Kids – what’s the minimum age?
The short answer is 10 years. I don’t even take my grandkids until they’re 10. It’s about safety.
Q: Drugs and alcohol ?
Drugs: absolutely forbidden by the Coast Guard. Not the crew, not passengers and we’re required to take you home and report any violations to the Coast Guard.
Alcohol – the Coast Guard doesn’t care but if there is an incident and someone is hurt, our insurance won’t cover you. It’s also a matter of common sense. Think Natalie Wood.
Q: What should I bring; what should I wear on a day sailing trip?
Bring a camera, and, no matter how warm and sunny it is at your hotel, bring a sweater or sweatshirt and a jacket. If you’ve got one, bring a hat. Bring sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, I wear SPF 50 and a hat. (By the way, I’ve already been informed that my hat is quite dorky.)
Q: What should I bring; what should I wear on an overnight cruise?
People do not usually bring enough warm clothes for day trips, but on overnights, they tend to bring more than they’ll wear during high-fashion season. So leave the tuxedos and ball gowns at home and pack for camping (sans tent & cook gear): Be prepared for weather that is 10-15 degrees cooler than it is ashore. You probably won’t need shorts, you probably will appreciate having a warm sweater and windbreaker.
Use soft-sided luggage or duffle bags. It’s easier to get aboard and it’s easier to store.
Sancerre is a big boat, but not as big as your house, condo or even a starter apartment.
We provide linens, towels, meals, wine etc. etc. If you have additional questions about what to bring and what to leave home, just e-mail me or call 805.750.7828.
Q: What’s for dinner?
A week or so before we’re scheduled to shove off on an overnighter, we’ll confer with you about what you’d like to eat and drink. Some folks like to do some of the cooking themselves and we’re happy to move out of the galley for a spell. We have a four-burner stove, an oven and a gas barbecue and several styles of coffee maker. We have a fairly – for a boat, anyway – capacious refrigerator. Our extension cord is only a couple of feet long, so electric appliances like blenders and the microwave are only usable dockside. Check out Menus for some of our specialties.
Q: Shoes and other footwear
Wear ’em. White-soled court shoes are the best. Sandals are dangerous. High heels are insane. The white soles are not 100% necessary, but I’m much happier at the end of the day if I don’t have to rub out scuff marks. You can test your shoe’s scuff quotient by putting your weight on the toe and rubbing it around on a hard surface as if you were putting out a cigarette. If it doesn’t leave a mark at home, it’s unlikely to leave one on the boat.
Only if you suffer personal spontaneous combustion.
Sailing: it’s about fresh air!
Q: Mal-de-mer – seasickness
It can happen. It’s not routine, but it can happen. If you have had bouts with it before, bring your favorite medicine. Better yet, take a tab about an hour before we leave. If you start to feel queasy, we can try different courses and try to smooth the ride. If you begin to feel really horrible, we can come back early. It’s important to let me know when you first start to feel badly so that we can change course, put you in a spot where you can see the horizon and try some of the other anti-seasickness tricks that we know.
Q: Can I get a sailing lesson or two?
If you want to learn a bit about sailing, just ask. My wife and daughter have cautioned me to wait until you ask. In addition to being a former strike-fighter pilot and a former journalist, I’m also a former, though unreformed teacher. My wife and daughter also told me to tell you that you can say – “OK, I know enough about that.”
Q: Will my cell phone work?
My job is to help you have the best day on the water that you can possibly have. Most of my clients are trying to distance themselves, if only for a day, from the race of rodents. I’m really tempted to placard the boat with a cell phone in a red circle with the prohibiting diagonal slash to help them in their quest for a bit of peace, a few hours of quiet.
The straight answer to your question is, yes, it will work out to several miles off shore. Sometimes we can make calls from the north shore of Santa Cruz. But only sometimes. If you’re on an overnighter, don’t make any promises to call anyone ashore.
Q: Dogs: Salty, Sly, Hatch and Canine
The first two – Salty and Sly – are typically human, though one can be a drink. Those are OK aboard our boats. Hatch dogs, well they’re what keep the hatches closed, but Rover … We love our dogs and our dogs love that we leave them ashore. Their issues are two: they don’t walk on water and therefore going for a “euphemism” is very problematical for them (and us) and they don’t like the boat’s movement. To compensate for pitch and roll, they dig their claws into the teak.
Q: What else would you like to know?
Call the Captain at 805.750.7828 to discuss any facets of your trip.