How do the cabin allocations work?
Most of our guests are solo travellers, small groups of friends or couples. Peak caters for all these variables, providing two double cabins, two bunk bed cabins and one single cabin. Solo travellers will typically be in same gender cabins. Both double cabins have ensuite heads and showers, the starboard cabin bed and shares the heads and shower with the forward crew cabin.
If you have a particular preference for a certain cabin or bunk please let us know and we will try to accommodate this. However this may not always be possible.
During cabin charters the aft VIP ensuite double cabin, if available, is subject to a 35% surcharge, and the starboard ensuite double cabin is subject to a 25% surcharge. Single occupancy for any cabin may be possible at a 50% surcharge.
What bedding is provided on board?
Bottom sheet, top sheet, pillow and case and towel will be provided for the Caribbean and Mediterranean Charters. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for the crossing to Europe.
Who does the domestic chores?
For our shorter more holiday style charters, you will not have to get involved with any cooking, cleaning or washing up, unless you are particularly keen to lend a hand. Likewise you can be as hands on as you like regarding the sailing of the boat. These charters are typically our Caribbean and Mediterranean holidays.
For our more adventurous style trips, it's a case of everyone getting involved. You'll be sitting watches at sea, taking care of the domestic duties as part of a watch system and generally contributing to life on board. (If you have any concerns about cooking, don't panic, we will assist!) We find this system works well for bringing the crew together and making everyone feel part of the team. This is what to expect if you have signed on for the Carribean to Europe charter and the loose cabin charters.
Can I join a charter the evening before?
Usually it is not a problem to join the night before your charter if it is in the Caribbean, or it's an ocean passage or mile building trip. Please do let us know though if you plan to do this. Due to tight turnarounds, joining the night before is not possible for the Mediterranean trips. Joining times vary according to the trip, but will be made clear in the trip joining instructions.
How many people will be on board?
In addition to Pieter and Tera, we will take a maximum of 6 guests on board.
Do I need sailing experience?
Sailing experience is not a pre-requisite of sailing with us, but some of our trips are more challenging than others, so it is best to check with us first. We can guide you on which trip you will be best suited for. For example, booking onto an ocean passage having never sailed before may not be the best idea. However we have had guests that have done just that, enjoyed every minute and had a life-changing experience! In general an adventurous spirit and a willingness to get stuck in and be part of a team is the more important than sailing knowledge.
What should I bring?
You will receive a kit list as part of the joining instructions for your trip, but as a general rule you usually don't need as much as you think! Hard suitcases are not permitted onboard and bags with wheels can't be taken down below, but can be stored in the lazarette.
Is alcohol allowed on board?
For our holidays that involve day sailing, alcohol is permitted on board. On ocean passages a 'happy hour' drink is permitted before dinner.
What will the food be like?
We pride ourselves on producing tasty meals on board whether we are on passage or at anchor. There are always plenty of cold or hot options for breakfast. Lunches tend to be sandwiches, wraps or salads and evening meals are always filling and tasty with plenty of variety and cooked with local produce where possible.