Because a trip on a
windjammer is so unique, you may have some questions. It's not difficult
to understand what we do, it just may require a little explanation. If you
don't see your question here, LET US KNOW. Someone else probably wants to know
the same thing you do!
Can I come by myself,
or do I have to charter the whole boat?
Most charter companies
accommodate both small and large groups and even singles. Many people come by
themselves and make long-lasting friendships by the end of the week. Chartering
a boat is also perfect for family reunions, large and small.
What about bathrooms
For starters the bathrooms, called heads on a boat,
contain only one thing....a toilet. That's it. Usually everything in a bathroom
at home is in the cabin. That means that shaving, face-washing, hair-doing,
teeth brushing all happen in your own cabin which have sinks and mirrors.
Can I charge my camera
batteries or use a hair dryer?
Negative. Just as with water,
electricity is limited on a windjammer. Usually windjammers have plenty for 12
volt reading lights and our navigational and safety equipment. Who feels like
doing there hair on vacation anyway? That's why it's called
What about cell phones,
radios, CD players, books on tape?
Cell phones aren't always within
range in the places winjammers anchor, but if you absolutely must use a cell
phone be discreet. Also bring a set of headphones to listen to your own music
of your own batteries.
Do we get to get off
Yes! Many windjammers anchor every night in a different
location and give you an opportunity to walk and explore ashore, either in the
morning or the evening.. What you find ashore changes with each place we go.
One time you might find an old, historic fishing village or maybe a quiet
country walk and a field of wildflowers. Another time might find you shopping
in quaint artist shops or passing the time with a friendly local.
Where do we go during
Many windjammers don't have a set itinerary. They sail by the
wind and the tide just like they did 100 years ago and 100 years before that.
Don't worry though, many windjammers have a sturdy push-boat (called a yawl
boat) to help if the wind dies.
What kinds of places
might we stop?
Your windjammer may anchor off an uninhabited island and
have a traditional lobster bake on the beach. Other nights might you might be
at a traditional fishing village, a bustling town for a bit of shopping, or in
a secluded harbor with only the evening stars for company.
What if I'm
claustrophobic, can I do this?
Well, of course the only one who can
really answer this is you. Usually the bulk of your time will NOT be spent in
your cabin. You will be outside! In fresh air and open space. Most people clean
up, change their clothes and sleep in their cabins.
Can I sleep on
Some windjammers allow it! Just bring your sleeping bag.
Do I have to know
anything about sailing?
No way! If you want to learn, some windjammers
will even teach you!
Do we get to help sail
Every windjammer operates differently. Some encourage
everyone to be part of the team and are more hands on by letting you actually
participate in preparing the boat for departure and anchoring, and even take a
turn at the wheel.
What if I have a
Be sure to let your windjammer crew know what your
limitations are. You'll probably need to bring any foods or medicine special to
your specific circumstance and though we are as flexible as we can be, it is
ultimately up to you to meet your own needs.
Do you have an age
Check the age limitations before you sign your children
Will I be stuck with
some not-so-nice person all week?Contributed By: Schooner J. & E. Riggin
Funny. Because this trip is a bit
like camping on the water, it is self-selecting. The sort of obnoxious,
demanding tourist that we all cringe at doesn't take a trip like this. The net
result is that all like-minded people with a love and respect for the beauty of
nature and outdoor life.
Schooner J. & E. Riggin" Windjamming Cruises.