Stuff You Need To Know

 

What we provide

 

as part of your all inclusive package

 

  • fresh linen and towels,

  • three meals a day on board, 

  • associated drinks including coffee and tea, wines, beers and ciders,

  • the skipper and crew,

  • power, water and fuel,

  • harbour dues,

  • mooring fees,

  • pilotage fees,

  • safety equipment,

  • transfer to and from shore,

  • all other costs associated with running the boat. 

What you need to bring

  • clothes suitable for the activities and the likely weather. Remember it can be cooler on the water especially in the evenings.

  • waterproof outer layer including trousers. It doesn’t have to be specialist sailing gear. 

  • thermal layer top and bottom. More layers are more flexible than one thick layer.

  • deck shoes/sailing boots or similar water-resistant footwear suitable for outdoor use.

  • quick-drying hats, gloves and socks. 

  • washbag, soap and shampoo, sunscreen, sunglasses. sea sickness remedies, etc.

  • eye mask and ear plugs (for light sleepers)

  • beach towel

  • soft duffel bag or case - although Snark is a big boat, space soon gets cluttered. No suitcase - soft bags fit better on a boat. Only bring what you need, think ‘carry-on’ baggage and keep things in your bag or the storage provided.

Accommodation & bathrooms

 

If you're staying on board overnight, we provide standard berths in single and twin cabins and a king size double bed for those booking the Owner's Cabin

Two shower rooms with WCs are available during the day. The midships ‘bathroom’ is for guest and the aft heads is reserved for crew in the evenings and at night. Both toilets are conventional land-based units which are attached to macerator pumps. So please only put the four Ps, poo, pee, toilet paper and puke, into the toilet; anything else will block the pump. Only the aft ‘heads’ should be used when sailing, as it operates off the ship's batteries.

We start each event with 1000 litres of fresh water onboard which can quickly run out if we are not careful so please use water sparingly. The toilets use recycled greywater and rainwater, which may appear a bit dirty.

Privacy

Snark is also our home, please respect our property and privacy. When we are 'off watch' and if it says ‘private’ please don’t enter our cabin.

Food & drink

 

We freshly prepare and cook most of the food we serve on board from local, seasonal produce. Of course, the pressure of time during events means that some food needs to be pre-prepared and chilled or frozen. Where we buy in pre-made produce we try to source it freshly from local companies.

 

We can always use an extra pair of hands, chopping, serving or clearing up so feel free to offer your help at mealtimes.

Our menus are eclectic in style and generally pescatarian with a bias towards Mediterranean and Moorish recipes with some Oriental and British classic thrown in for contrast. 

 

If you have any particular dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know by email at least 2 weeks before the event and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We will let you know immediately if we can’t. 

 

In any event, please do not bring your own food onboard, for hygiene reasons we cannot store or serve it in our kitchen.

 

Drink

 

There is something very special about sitting on deck with a glass of chilled wine or cordial watching the sunset. However, boats become dangerous places if you have had one too many. We ask therefore that you drink in moderation.

We offer a range of wines, beers, cordials, juices, teas and coffees all included in your tariff. Please don’t bring your own drinks on board without agreeing it with us beforehand.

Library

 

There is an extensive library of books onboard ranging from art and architecture through horticulture, yoga and philosophy to sailing and nautical matters as well as some novels and poetry. Please feel free to browse and read but do return the books to the shelves when you are not using them. 

Families & children

 

We welcome families on board Snark but owing to the nature of the vessel and the size of the crew, there are some limitations to what we can offer. We are not equipped to accommodate children under 5. For their safety all children under 12 must be accompanied by two supervising adults, children under 18 must be accompanied by at least one supervising adult

 

Pets

We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets on board. 

Schedule keeping

 

We hope to cover as much of the trip under sail as possible but to maintain our schedule we may have to motor for some of the way. We may also have days when the weather is unsuitable, and we have to stay in harbour and change our itinerary. We will always explain any changes to you at the time and try our utmost to ensure your enjoyment of your time with us is not compromised

Hopefully we can make up the lost time, but it is possible we may have to end a leg at an earlier port. We will offer you the choice of disembarking on the appointed day at a different port, or alternatively, you will be welcome to stay on board for no additional tariff and help us get Snark to her scheduled destination a day or two late. Any incidental costs associated with either option will be your responsibility, check that your travel insurance covers any rebooking expenses etc.

Safety

 

We'd love you to be involved in the sailing of Snark but only if you want to. Boats can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing and the rigging of Snark is big and complicated. So please do not pull ropes and strings, turn winches or the wheel or generally fiddle with any other bits of the boat unless we ask you to. We will explain what you are doing and how to do it and keep an eye on you to make sure you are doing it properly and safely.

 

For the safety and convenience of everyone, you are required to listen to our safety briefings carefully and always follow the instructions given by the skipper or crew. 

 

No Smoking

 

We do not allow smoking, vaping or any other smoking substitute, anywhere on board, below or above deck at any time.

 

Medicine, drugs & first aid

 

The crew of Snark is trained in emergency first aid and we will do our best to treat any injuries or maladies that arise on board and if necessary get you ashore for treatment as soon as we can. If you have a medical pre-condition for which you are taking prescription drugs, please let us know particularly if you need to take them in a crisis; it helps the first aider assess the situation. 

 

We cannot provide over the counter remedies for safety reasons. So, if you think you might need them please bring your own sun block, pain relief, sea sickness treatment etc.

 

We have zero-tolerance of recreational drugs. Do not bring them onboard.

 

Accessibility​

Snark is a large and comfortable boat that can accommodate less agile guests and those with limited abilities. However, at sea some of the access is via ship's ladder and there are trip hazards and awkward corners all over the decks. Please let us know in advance if you have any disability which you think might cause you problems on board and we will discuss with you how we can overcome them. If we can’t, we will let you know immediately. For more information, check out our Accessibility page.

 

Behaviour

 

You'll be sharing this adventure with strangers who are all here to enjoy themselves. Please treat everyone on board with kindness and no doubt they will return the favour. Please respect others privacy and dignity.

 

We have a zero tolerance of bigotry and prejudice or offensive behaviour and language. We will tell you if we think you have stepped over the line of what is acceptable on board Snark. If your behaviour is persistently causing a nuisance we will arrange to put you and your belongings ashore. You will be responsible for your own ongoing expenses. If you have made a booking on behalf of a group, you are also responsible for the behaviour of everyone in your group.

Mobile communications & electronic entertainment

 

We strongly encourage our guests to go off-grid while they are on board. We do not provide wi-fi for our guests use. Please don’t use your mobiles for calls, text or email when in the company of other guests if you can possibly avoid it. 

 

We request that guests do not play recorded music (even on headphones) or watch videos or computer games while onboard.