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09-12-2012 11:27 AM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

I do a safety tour - where stuff is etc.. then depending on experience tell them to stay out of the way (where to sit to be out of the way even), touch no lines (ropes) and to obey the skipper at all times.

Then I tell them to take off their tops and see if it works.

After which my wife normally kicks me.

Just for the record, it's only worked for guys so far.
09-11-2012 07:48 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Only on Sailnet would there be a discussion of what to put on a 3 page single spaced list for guests.

A on the dock briefing, with delegation of tasks and dry run through on dock 2-3 times. A bit of explaination on how to use winches and camcleats, where to grab hold. That is it.

If you need to explain more - than the individual isn't ready for the trip.
09-11-2012 06:58 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Lots of good list items.

The 1st thing guests usually want to know is how to use the head..I take that as the opportunity to go over a number of the other list items already mentioned.

I don't know about ya'll but, having them wear non-marking a biggie for me. Which needs to be told in advance. I long ago got tired of cleaning black scuff marks.

the other thing I find some people doing is Jumping on the boat. Jumping into the cockpit from the deck, jumping to the deck from the cabin top. I've added ..."there's no jumping on the boat" to my list. It's fiberglass..not steel!
09-11-2012 06:38 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Show em yer pistols an' ye plank.
09-11-2012 06:02 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Everybody (men & women) must sit when using the head.
Agreed when underway. I refuse to sit when at rest, either at dock or anchorage. Jamming this former linebacker into a marine head has always been a puzzle. To sit usually involves an open sink door or the head door itself.
09-11-2012 05:57 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Everybody (men & women) must sit when using the head.
My expression is similar - "When at sea, Everyone sits to pee"

09-11-2012 05:24 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Everybody (men & women) must sit when using the head.
09-11-2012 04:32 PM
Wow....Some of these items/lists

Here is what I do/Say:

Email directions/what to bring list to folks a few days ahead of time:

Summer list: (Depending on temp)
- Shorts/Lightweight UPF long pants
- Non marking shoes/sneakers
- Hat (We have extra on board)
- Short or Lightweight long sleeve shirt
- Sunglasses
- Any sunscreen that you like - We have some too, but if you like a special flavor, bring it.
- Take motion/seasick medication if you are prone to sick. We have some too, but it works best if you have it working before you get on the boat.

When on boat -

- Go below deck and store gear and then show where head is and instructions
- Show where fire extinguishers are
- Show where radio is and instructions on how to use (they are laminated next to radio). I may ask you to call for help if the situation arises.
- Hand out life jackets - Adjust
- Head top sides and pull out throwables.
- Go over MOB instructions which are: 1) Person seeing MOB is only responsible for thing - EYES ON PERSON AT ALL TIMES UNTIL PERSON IS BACK IN BOAT (That is stressed). 2) Other folks are to throw every floatation cushion overboard to person and instruct helmsman on location while maneuvering. 3) Person overboard to remain calm and not swim to boat unless instructed. Boat will come to you. Floatation device will keep you afloat.
- Talk about boat heel - Tell everyone if the feel uneasy about any heel angle, let me know. We can possibly minimize.
- Tell everyone if they feel nauseated or ill in anyway, let captain know. We will head in. Seasickness is something thing that doesn't quickly get better and you typically won't improve as the day goes on.
- No one out of cockpit unless okayed by captain.
- If I ask you to do something quickly, it's not because I want to make you work, it is either because your are doing something that could lead to something worse if not addressed immediately or you are in an unsafe situation.
- You can steer or pull lines as much or as little as you want. If you just want to do nothing, that is okay, we can do it all ourselves.

After all the questions are address and everyone is ready, I pull out a Learn To Sail book and ask one of the guests to turn to the part where talks about how to hoist the sail and read it to me. Gets a smile/laugh from everyone and hopefully puts them at ease.

Total time from coming aboard to when we are ready to start hoisting the mainsail and casting off about 8-10 minutes.

09-11-2012 03:44 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Re: Guests bringing their own PFDs.

You are correct in saying: "Your guests don't need to BRING PFD's."

- We do have a sufficient number of approved PFDs for the number of crew.
- Each person is assigned their own "personal" PDF and it is adjusted to their fit.
- The suggestion was for those who prefer their own favourite brand of PFD.
- Since we sail in cold waters ( -3.5 deg C or 26 deg F in one instance), floater and survival suites are essential. Again they may have a favourite or prefer not to share the sweat of a pre-worn suite.

The rule is wear PFD's when out of the enclosed cockpit (with it's three foot sides and a permanent dodger/Bimini).

In anything but calm conditions use a harness as well (most PFD's have built in harness) and jackline.

In rough or windy conditions PFDs are also required in the cockpit.

In really rough or really windy conditions a PFD and harness are also required in the cockpit.
09-11-2012 01:20 PM
Re: Info. for Guests Aboard

Your guests don't need to BRING PFD's.
They should already be on the boat and easy to get to.
With strobe and whistle and maybe a dyepack.
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