Anyone who would come to school's sport lessons with street shoes stays in the dressing room right away. And if anyone plans to enter a boat with street shoes, he doesn't even come across the gangway. It is the most important rule at all: on board only non-slip boat shoes are worn with (clean) bright sole - or none at all. In the marinas of this world, there are boxes in front of each boat to put your shoes in. No matter how important the stilettos may be for the outfit. By the way: this has nothing to do with lewdness, but with the sensitive planks on motor and sailing yachts.


Of course, the clothing issue depends on the size and type of boat. On Roman Abramovich's 115-meter yacht "Pelorus" suitcase cases fit better than on a 15-meter sailing ship; and a motor yacht usually has more storage space than a sailboat. Generally: No hard case. Travel bags are better than suitcases, can be folded and stowed away. Evening wear is only needed on cruise ships. Think of sporty, depending on the season and warm clothes. On the sea usually blows a sea breeze and it is much cooler than on land.

Greeting correctly

Skippers are particularly cool by nature. Nevertheless, they always greet each other extremely relaxed and almost in slow motion. Wolfgang Weber, currently on a circumnavigation of the globe near Cuba and author of the book "Sail Knigge", explains: "Sailors greet each other with a steady wave with one hand, when both ships sail right next to each other or the shortest distance to each other The greeting does not just mean 'hello!', but also 'all right with us on board' .Waving with both hands is a cry for help and would rather lead to the fact that on the other sailing yacht someone rushes to the radio and channel 16 asks if there are any problems or contact is sought. "

Sailors services

Even as a guest, you can make yourself useful on board  - but only with tasks that have been assigned by the skipper. Everything else can mean unnecessary extra work for the professional sailors. Circumnavigator Weber advises: "Inexperienced non-sailors often suffer from their skippers, who do not trust them enough, so the still-landlubbers should ask their skipper to show them a few moves." And even if you have no idea of ​​life at sea, and still want to help, still remains an important job: as Smutje, in the kitchen. The on a boat but, please, galley or pantry is called.

Running good

 Wikipedia: "Running goods in shipping are all ropes that are used to move the sails or the spars connected to them, but in addition also all ropes and Taljen, which are not struck at both ends, but are sheared by blocks and moved can. The term derives from the now obsolete name "good" for ropes and the property that it is movable, so "running" ago. "
As I said: MOVABLE. So please do not wait for a hold of the rope, then you go with the tamps overboard, but always on the "standing good" hold (everything that shines and is made of metal, is ever a good alternative) The golden rule not only for aspiring Sailors say one hand for the ship, one hand for you.

Drinking water

Since hauling a supply cable would be quite difficult, it is important to handle the resources with care. Even if a "watermaker" (a mini desalination plant that converts seawater into drinking water) is installed, only a limited amount of fresh water will be available on a ship, so use it sparingly and let it wash or rinse Do not rinse the salt after bathing, if necessary, only briefly with fresh water from the body.By the way: salt on the skin is not harmful (ask at your SPA for the price of a thallasso treatment with sea-salt water) ç


Sailors in general have a reputation of being experienced drinker. But remember: the skipper should always be sober at the helm. The "anchor beer" after a successful trip is of course a tradition, but there are sailors who celebrate every successful maneuver with a drink. With such a tour group you should be well trained in alcoholics and memorize the paragraph "running good" again.

Smoke and drugs

At sea, the skipper is the unrestricted ruler. He decides on the course and he is allowed to dispose of his fellow travelers. Only smoke if the captain does not mind. And if you plan to consume prohibited substances​ on the journey: getting caught by the skipper will make it annoying. And if caught by the authorities, even the boat can be confiscated. That can ruin the best friendship.


There are people who get seasick. And always. No matter how calm the sea is. Nevertheless, these people want to "try it out" at every opportunity, if the problem has not been solved in the meantime. After an hour at the latest, they hang over the railing again. A request to these people: Be honest with yourself. There are good travel tablets (for example Biodramina), which should be taken at least half an hour BEFORE the sailing trip starts.


If the flag of Britain offshore is blowing on a boat, the owner does not necessarily come from the Virgin Islands. But the boat was cheaper there. Almost more important than the national flag is the flag of the host country. It was supposed to blow starboard, ie to the right, and to be as high as the national flag. The Mallorcan would prefer to see the Majorcan flag instead of the Spanish, is understandable, but - seen from a legal perspective - totally no matter. Portboard can hang anything else: the T-shirt from the last club holiday or the flag of the Conch Republic (the peace-loving and humorous self-proclaimed micronization of Key West).

the route is the goal

Basically, the wind blows from one direction on a sailing ship: namely from the front. So from where you want to go straight. However, this can be solved relatively easily: nowhere to go and at no time. Nowhere else can you celebrate the life wisdom of "the way is the goal" better than on a sailing ship, enjoy your stay, be enchanted by the meditative effect of the sea, explore new worlds and practice active deceleration.

Ahoy ⚓️