Everything - really everything - about a sailing trip is dictated by the weather. We will do our best to accommodate our guests at every turn, but our highest priority is always everyone's safety.
Less wind will result in using the motors, but not to worry! It is still a magical experience - and makes for better snorkeling!
We will often have a few options depending on what the weather is likely to do, but please keep in mind that things can change quickly, and Captain Scott may have to make adjustments.
A marine toilet (we call it a "head") is a complicated mechanism. If you toss even the smallest things into it-even a piece of toilet paper or a match stick, it can clog right up. There are easy ways to navigate a marine head, and we have some rules here on Day Dreamer that our guests must follow to ensure a happy and trouble free sailing experience.
We absolutely can not throw anything into the head, even toilet paper.
It is very important that we use fresh water to flush the head. Having salt water running through our tank can calcify the plumbing.
Using the head can be a little intimidating the first few times. Never be embarrassed about asking for a review of the head rules. We are happy to walk you through it -- to keep our boat and oceans clean!
If Day Dreamer is docked, we can connect to shore power and water, however when in a mooring field or at anchor, we will not have access to either.
Electricity is a precious resource when you are on the water. Our batteries are charged by solar panels and the engines, so we must be mindful of how we are using power while aboard Day Dreamer
110 volt chargers must be used at all times to charge any personal devices. If our guests are in need of additional ( 12 volt ) charging resources, we can try to accommodate, but use is limited and must be monitored.
A good rule of thumb is to turn off devices when not in use, and to arrive on Day Dreamer fully charged.
Again, when not connected to shore, water and power are limited. Water is something we must conserve, especially with longer trips.
When washing dishes, filling water, brushing teeth, or any other water usage on Day Dreamer, use the minimal amount of water possible. First Mate Karen can share all kinds of tips that will ensure the best conservation of water.
On a sailboat, water's highest and best use is for hydration.
These are habits you may even put in place after you get home!
We do our best to recycle when possible.
Any packaging and wrapping is best discarded before you even come aboard.
Other trash is carefully tied and disposed of on shore.
Absolutely nothing is thrown overboard.
We allow cigarette smoking only outdoors at the stern of the boat away from other passengers.
Any abuse of this will result in absolutely no smoking.
Remember that there are plenty of flammable things on board a boat including outboard engine fuel, sails etc.
Absolutely no butts in the ocean. You must properly extinguish them in your own "butt can".
Any careless use of fire will be handled seriously at the discretion of the captain. We have a 'no tolerance' rule in regard to carelessness around fire.
Be careful with those cigarette butts and lighters.
Captain Scott and First Mate Karen will give you a safety briefing when you come on board. Some of the things that will be discussed are:
Our first and most important rule: Captain Scott is in charge.
Lifejackets & harnesses – location, how to use them, and when should they be worn.
The locations of the fire extinguishers.
Any hazards – particularly the boom, the safe operation of winches, not putting any body parts between the boat and any other solid objects etc.
How to use the VHF radio.
How to use the head.
The safe operation of the stove.
The location of the first aid kit.
LNT (Leave No Trace)
As responsible owners and operators of a charter Catamaran, it is one of our goals to be extremely aware of treating Day Dreamer, the ocean, and each other with consideration in terms of trash, food, and personal belongings.
We ask that you please be responsible for your things, that they are looked after while you are aboard.