Stuff You Need To Know
What we provide as part of your inclusive package
The boat, the skipper and crew, power, water, fuel, harbour dues, mooring fees, food and drinks on board, bedding, towels, safety equipment, fresh air, tranquillity and hospitality. For yoga classes and retreats,
we also provide the teacher, yoga mats and props.
What you need to bring
Clothes suitable for the activities booked and the likely weather. Remember it can be cooler on the water especially in the evenings.
Waterproof outer layer. 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 footwear suitable for outdoor use.
Quick-drying hats, gloves and socks.
Washbag, sunscreen, sunglasses.
Although Snark is a big boat, space soon gets cluttered so please only bring what you need, think
‘carry-on’ baggage. No suitcase please, soft bags fit better on a boat.
Mobile communications and 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.
If you are staying on board over-night, we provide a choice of single bunks or ships hammocks. These are in two shared, unisex cabins with curtains to provide a little privacy. The aft cabin with four berths can be reserved for a family or group but we will need to access it as part of the boat management so it is not entirely private.
There are two shower rooms with WC’s available during the day. The midships ‘bathroom’ is reserved for our private use 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 at sea, 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 sterilised recycled greywater and rainwater, which may appear a bit dirty.
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.
There is an extensive library of books onboard ranging from art and architecture through horticulture, yoga and philosophy to sailing and nautical matters. Please feel free to browse and read but do return the books to the shelves when you are not using them.
We endeavour to freshly prepare and cook all 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 with a bias towards Mediterranean and Moorish recipes with some Oriental and British classic thrown in for contrast. We can provide vegetarian food for those who want it but our kitchen is not meat-free and so we do not offer a strictly vegan menu.
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.
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 fee. Please don’t bring your own drinks on board without agreeing it with us beforehand.
Families, children and pets
We welcome families 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
We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets on board.
Weather and tides
We try to plan our events to suit the prevailing weather and tides. See the Rhythms of Snark. There are times however when, for your safety and convenience, we cannot follow a predetermined plan and will need to make changes to the itinerary. We will always explain these to you at the time and try our utmost to ensure your enjoyment of your time with us is not compromised
We would 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 riggings of Snark are 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.
We do not allow smoking, vaping or any other smoking substitute, anywhere on board, below or above deck at any time.
Medicine drugs and 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.
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 ships 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.
You will 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.