I am in the ask the owner crowd. You are my guest as I invited you and on my boat here is what I usually advise - considering that we are pretty space limited and underway most of the time.
Provisioning short sails
- Don't bring food unless coordinated - especially perishables. It's a PITA to have 7 kinds of chips and no sandwiches. 5 boxes of deviled eggs, cut fruit, cheesecake etc. often gets dumped due to no cold storage
- Bring drinks - plenty of what you like plus bottled water
fine. No glass bottled beer - the bottles are hard to dispose, bulky and can break
- Bottled wine and hard liquor is the exception for glass. Bring plastic cups and wine glasses not glass. At anchor
glass could be OK but we will be under sail most of the day.
- Don't bring a cooler - I have one, it has plenty of room and ice. Two coolers takes up too much space. You can bring an insulated carry bag for your food if you like.
- Hat, sunscreen, jacket etc. appropriate for the weather forecast
. Don't buy sailing gloves unless you already have them. (I always have spare hats, gloves and sunblock anyway)
- Shoes? I am OK with running shoes, deck
shoes, boat shoes, sandals. No "hard" marking shoes. But it's OK if you show up with the wrong shoes you will be going barefoot for the day - LOL.
Provisioning longer sails
We have a 6 hour cruise
coming up with 6 adults. In these cases provisioning
is only slightly more complex.
- I buy Subway sandwiches on the way to the boat. Alternately I buy ribs from the Deli or another main course for our "meal of the trip"
- I also lay in some snacks for the day
- You bring snacks, chips, nuts, anything you like for the day - I am partial to cut up fruit and cut up veggies. I prefer not having to "prepare" on the boat underway and I prefer predominantly finger foods.
- Drinks - Everyone brings "what you plan to consume" and a little more. We dump it all in the cooler and share it all. If everyone brings enough for everyone we have 6 times the stuff we need
Everything else about the same.
Helping on the boat
- If you want to help ask. I will size you up pretty quick with some Q&A and decide what you are capable of.
- The most important briefing is docking
. The main rule
is never put any part of yourself between the boat and anything else. If I have doubts about your ability I will ask you not to help in docking and at that time have a seat and wait until the boat is tied up. For some reason people are in a big hurry to get on the dock
- weird or maybe I scare them - LOL
- I'll brief on lifejackets, sailing plan, what happens in bad weather, where to sit and stand.
- I will say that I will be direct when talking boat handling, won't yell unless safety
is involved and that ambiguous communications
are undesired and can be dangerous - nothing personal.
OK - another rant by Ex-Calif...Got on a roll