A Day at Sea
A typical day at sea is a busy one! From hauling on lines to set sails to plotting our course to helping the galley prep for meals to checking on the engine room, you will participate in every portion of sailor duties. But between all these roles we still make time for the basics, whether it be enjoying a delicious meal in the mess deck to playing cards in the library to sight seeing dolphins who come along side to join our voyage. It's a busy life- but one that's easy to fall in love with.
When the day is done you will feel ready to climb into bed and refuel for the coming day. Our trainees have spacious bunks for a sailing vessel, in both the 16-man cabin & 12-man cabin. Both cabins have two heads (bathrooms) as well as a shower. Ah yes- showers you ask!? While we encourage good practices of hygiene it is important to remember use of water on a sailing vessel is much different than in your household. Water usage is something we must monitor and use respectfully and only at necessary times.
All this sailing will make you work up an appetite! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks will be held in the mess deck of the ship. It is important to contain our food consumption to a certain area so we can keep our vessel spick and span. Meals on Oliver Hazard Perry are made fresh daily, and you will even help out in the galley to get meals ready to be served (not to worry, chef experience is not a prerequisite). If you suffer from allergies, or have certain dietary restrictions, don't you fear! We are extremely accomodating to all varities of dietary needs. Make sure when you register to note anything you would like our cook to know prior to your voyage.
Sample Watch Schedule
Space aboard is limited. Let me repeat: space aboard is LIMITED. Bring what you need, and maybe think about leaving your collection of model airplanes back at home. We ask that you pack in "crushable luggage" such as a duffel bag instead of a hard suitcase.
In this day and age, we all fall victim to screen addiction. To get the most out of this experience, we will be participating in a cell phone free voyage. If you bring your cell phone we will collect it at the beginning of the trip. Hence, if you wish to capture those 'Instagram worthy' moments, we encourage using personal cameras & GoPros.
Note: the full packing list & rules and restrictions will be sent to you when you register for a voyage with us. However here is a sense of the kinds of items we encouraging bringing with you.
□ Rain gear (hooded jacket & pants). Effective rain gear is key to enjoying the trip. We suggest you bring the best quality rain gear that you have access to. Vendors like West Marine, Helly Hansen, and REI have a variety of quality rain gear.
□ Polar fleece jacket, or mid-weight layer. The key to clothing on a ship is layering. Clothes that can be worn over or under other layers are recommended. Having some sort of outer shell that blocks the wind and rain is important, with warm layers underneath. It will be surprisingly cold at night on watch!
□ Quick drying clothes. As a rule, synthetic fibers like polar fleece and various polyesters and nylons do a better job of drying quickly than cotton. Wool is also a great fiber. Clothes should be comfortable and easy to move in. The clothes you bring to sea will be put to hard use and are subject to the same rugged life aboard a working vessel that you are.
□ Wrist watch (with digital or second hand)
□ Towel (light, quick drying, chamois type)
□ Sunblock (recommend SPF 30 or greater). Please choose a liquid or sold - NOT a spray.
□ Lip balm
□ Bug spray (for shore excursions)
□ Seasickness medications if needed. Non-drowsy
□ Sunglasses (UV protection is best and polarized glasses are ideal), and/or a hat with a brim.
□ If you wear prescription glasses, bring a second pair. If you wear contact lenses, bring extras and your glasses as well (and lots of solution!)
□ Bathroom kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, deodorant, comb, etc.)
□ Prescription eye wear (glasses/contact lenses)
□ Feminine hygiene items
□ Flashlight or headlamp (small, with a red lens, or covered in red cellophane)
□ Medication (prescription and non-prescription)
□ Blanket/sleeping bag and PJs. You will be provided with a pillow, mattress and linens.
□ Water bottle (helpful if easily distinguishable as yours), carabineer is useful
□ Socks (wool is a good option, as they keep your feet warm even if wet. Cotton is not recommended.)
□ Warm gloves. 2 pair wool or synthetic only. Waterproof if you have them.
□ Deck Shoes (nonskid- / rubber-soled tennis shoes or sneakers; can also bring sandals if they have a heel strap, e.g. Chaco’s or Teva’s, no flip-flops)
□ 2-3 pairs of shorts (quick-drying)
□ 4-5 T-shirts (including 1 long-sleeved)
□ 1-2 pairs of pants (quick drying and/or canvas pants)
□ 2 swimsuits
□ A small day pack for on shore excursions
□ $20-50 for ice cream, souvenirs etc during port visits.