We have families join us when we sail so there are 4 to 6 extra friends in addition to our 4. The number 1 concept
I explain when we invite a family
is that this is an ADVENTURE not a VACATION
. Adventures require a certain amount of work. If there are 16 waking hours per day, 3 of them will be involving some sort of work. Those three hours can involve cleaning
the boat, cooking
, dishes, sailing duties, etc. The other 13 are to be enjoyed to the maximum. Also, your parents can't do your 3 hours for you.
The second most important thing to understand is that with 10 people on board, if you don't put everything away - right away, the boat looks like crap and my personal enjoyment goes way down. Dishes are not done until the dish drainer is put away. Put your dirty clothes back into your duffle bag or in the wash pile. Put the snorkel equipment
back in the locker right when we are done, it will dry there. Wet towels go on lifelines
, not on the floor or seats.
Of course, safety
is the most important to review. I'm not nearly as worried about man overboard
as I am about someone winding a winch
the wrong way then releasing the clutch
(or not even winding it). Most of my guests can't tie a bowline and have absolutely no idea how to navigate or sail. But I like that as they are most willing to learn and that makes the day go by. Oh yah, never run on the decks also and if you jump on my trap's you walk the plank.