About Quintessa

This page will be about Quintessa and her systems.

 

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

 

 

 

This page has information for guests on Quintessa.

 

PRE-ARRIVAL BRIEFING FOR QUINTESSA

 

Summary Page:  (previous visitors on Quintessa please read this page at a minimum)

 1)     Clothing: Storage space is limited aboard and you should pack LIGHT!  If you are packing for the islands, or the Southern Med, temperatures are mild to hot, and everything is casual.  Think layers, for warmth, so no heavy coats or sweaters.  We live in tee shirts and shorts, and usually get five days out of the same shorts.  You will want to add one pair of long pants, a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, and a light weight windbreaker.  There is no need for foul weather gear or safety gear.  Also, we provide beach and bathing towels, and all bedding.  For footwear, you will want two pairs of shoes: one for walking or exercising on shore, and a good pair of sandals (such as Tevas or Keens) for wearing on deck, in the water and ashore.  The important thing with sandals is that they dry out and can be easily slipped on and off.

2)      Luggage: It is important that you pack for the boat in soft sided, collapsible duffle bag style luggage.  ABSOLUTLY NO roller type or hard sided suitcases!  Hard sided luggage cannot be easily stowed and can damage the woodwork.  If you need to be able to wheel your bags (which we understand) you can purchase a folding roller rack in luggage stores or at most airports for around $30.  If this is not possible please contact us in advance and we will work out a solution.  If you show up with roller or hard sided suitcases they will be stored on deck and may get wet and damaged!

3)      Both with the U.S. Coast Guard and officials in foreign countries, IF THEY FIND DRUGS ON A VESSEL – THEY KEEP THE VESSEL and you just bought us a new boat!  For this purpose marijuana is an illegal drug.  Get busted in most foreign countries and you are in for a lifetime of hurt.  We don’t do illegal drugs and we assume you don’t either, but if you do, leave them at home.

4)      Personal computer, tablets and smart phones: Please only bring the essential electronic devices. If you don’t want to bring your own, there are two PCs and a tablet on the boat you can use to check e-mail, make reservations, etc.  We also have a printer/scanner/copier you can use.  We have a wifi hotspot on the boat which should be available in most ports. Having said all that, please keep in mind we try to limit the amount of time we spend on electronic devices and the internet so as to spend more time enjoying the cruising experience.  We hope you will share that objective.

 

 

 

Welcome!

Whether you are planning to join us for a coastal cruise or an Atlantic crossing, we hope this document will help you with what to expect when you are aboard Quintessa, our Hylas 49.  Your safety is our first concern, and this document will cover some important rules to follow when aboard, but just as important, we want your time aboard to be both interesting and fun.

Quintessa has many of the comforts of home, but unlike home, the boat moves!  So, rule #1 is “One hand for the boat”, especially when going up and down stairs, or getting on and off the boat!  More on this below:

As you arrange your transportation to and from Quintessa, understand that all our schedules are weather and conditions dependent.  If we are not where you expect us to be, please be patient, we will work out a solution to get you to the boat or the boat to you.  The old rule when visiting cruisers generally applies: you can pick a time or a place but not both.

No matter where we are, we will have the ability to communicate with you via e-mail and cell phone (text messaging is not always reliable).  Also, your family and friends will be able to contact you in case of an emergency.  Quintessa’s contact information is:

  • Cell phone:  Our cell phone number will change to a local number with each new country we visit.  We will make the current number available to you prior to or upon your arrival which you can also share with those who may need to reach you.  If you have our local cell phone number, use that first (you will need to use a country code if calling from another country).
  • Satellite Phone:  If we do not answer the satellite may be below the horizon at that moment so try your call again in a few minutes.  You may also leave a message.  We can pick up the message when service is available again (usually less than 10 minutes).
  • Email address:  This is the most reliable option but may take a while to respond.  If we are expecting to hear from you we will try to check for e-mail frequently.

 

  

 

What to bring and how to pack:

It is important that you pack for the boat in soft sided, collapsible duffle bag style luggage.  ABSOLUTLY NO roller type or hard sided suitcases!  Hard sided luggage cannot be easily stowed and can damage the woodwork.  If you need to be able to wheel your bags (which we understand) you can purchase a folding roller rack in luggage stores or at most airports for around $30.  If this is not possible please contact us in advance and we will work out a solution.  If you show up with roller or hard sided suitcases they will be stored on deck and may get wet and damaged!

Storage space is limited aboard and you should pack LIGHT!  If you are packing for the islands, or the Southern Med, temperatures are mild to hot, and everything is casual.  Think layers, for warmth, so no heavy coats or sweaters.  We live in tee shirts and shorts, and usually get five days out of the same shorts.  You will want to add one pair of long pants, a long sleeve shirt a sweatshirt, and a light weight windbreaker.  Jeans are discouraged on the boat because they do not dry well and often have metal rivets that can scratch the woodwork.  Synthetics are best for on board, including underwear.  Synthetics can be easily washed and dried.  Include one or two UV shirts for sun protection and snorkeling.  You will also want to pack a swimsuit and cover-up. Don’t forget a good sun hat with a wide brim (this is in additional to your favorite baseball hat!).  You will want one nice outfit for going out which could double as your travel clothes. There is no need for foul weather gear or safety gear.  Also, we provide beach and bathing towels, and all bedding.

As for footwear, you will want two pairs of shoes: one for walking or exercising on shore, and a good pair of sandals (such as Tevas or Keens) for wearing on deck, in the water and ashore.  The important thing with sandals is that they dry out and can be easily slipped on and off.  We run a barefoot boat so shoes are usually not used on deck and never below decks, as a general rule.  If you are doing a passage with us, or for any other reason feel better wearing shoes below decks, you will need a brand new pair of deck shoes that have not been worn on the street.

Please keep your jewelry at home.  Many of the islands and areas we will visit are largely poor.  Not only is it intimidating to locals, it is not safe to show jewelry (real or fake) and puts you and the entire crew at risk.  In some places we do not wear our wedding rings.  This generally does not apply to the Mediterranean which is more sophisticated and pretty safe.

 

 

 

Other Things to bring:

  1. Prescriptions and sea sickness meds – Ensure you bring sufficient supplies for the duration.
  2. Passport – If joining us in or to a foreign country be sure your passport will not expire for at least six months after your expected return (have a photocopy of your passport with you and leave a copy at home as well).
  3. Driver’s license – For car rental, sometimes an international driver’s licenses is required in addition to your state driver’s license.
  4. Return ticket – If you are entering a foreign country with us by boat but returning by air or commercial ship you will need to have your return ticket prior to departure.  If you are flying to a foreign country and leaving with us by boat, you may need to purchase a return ticket that you will cancel later.  Alternatively, we can provide a letter ahead of time for you to show that you are leaving the country by private boat.  Check with your airline.
  5. Visas – Some countries require visas, often which must be obtained well in advance of travel.  Please check the requirements of all the countries you plan to visit.
  6. Cell phone – If you are joining us in a foreign country, make arrangements with your phone carrier ahead of time to ensure that you have coverage to avoid foreign roaming charges.
  7. Reading material (bring what you want but people find they have far less time for reading than they expect)
  8. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  9. Personal computer, tablets and smart phones: Please only bring the essential electronic devices. If you don’t want to bring your own, there are two PCs and a tablet on the boat you can use to check e-mail, make reservations, etc.  We also have a printer/scanner/copier you can use.  Don’t forget the chargers (12V, 110V or 220V will work).  We have a wifi hotspot on the boat which should be available in most ports. Having said all that, please keep in mind we try to limit the amount of time we spend on electronic devices and the internet so as to spend more time enjoying the cruising experience.  We hope you will share that objective.

 

Things Not to Bring: (the following is onboard for your use) 

  • Bath and Beach towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Bedding
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Extra day packs and carry bags
  • Life jackets and safety equipment  (except harnesses if you are joining for a passage)
  • Snorkel gear (unless you want to use your own gear)

 

 

Rules:

 

One Hand on the Boat!

Falling is the number one reason people get injured on a boat.  Don’t try to carry things with two hands and leave yourself unable to hold on to a handrail.  When getting on and off the boat, hand things over to someone else, and always place a hand on the railing.  When descending from the cockpit, face the stairs while going down and hold on to the handrail.  There are also steps inside of the boat.  Move slowly!

 

No Illegal Drugs!

Both with the U.S. Coast Guard and officials in foreign countries, IF THEY FIND DRUGS ON A VESSEL – THEY KEEP THE VESSEL and you just bought us a new boat!  For this purpose marijuana is an illegal drug.  Get busted in most foreign countries and you are in for a lifetime of hurt.  We don’t do illegal drugs and we assume you don’t either, but if you do, leave them at home.

 

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

There are no stupid questions.  If you think there might be something wrong, let us know.  If you hear odd noises or motors running please mention it.  Better to check than be sorry later.  If you don’t know how to do something, that’s OK.  We enjoy teaching others about this lifestyle we love.

 

Marine Toilets

Other than toilet paper, DO NOT put anything down the toilet (known aboard as the “Head”) unless you have eaten it first!  Our boat has Vacu-flush heads and as such uses a greatly reduced amount of water for flushing.  This is good for reducing the amount of water going into the holding tank but can leed to the head getting plugged up.  Generally, for solids, do not use more than two reasonable lengths of toilet paper on the initial flush.  If you need to use more toilet paper do an interim flush; the extra water used to unclog a head is always more than an additional flush.  Secondary flushes can take up to four lengths of paper. There is a panel showing the level in the holding tank: Make sure you notify us when it gets to two thirds full (orange), and never use the head if is totally full (red)!  You will be given a thorough lesson on using a head and shower when you arrive.  Always let us know if the head doesn’t flush right.

 

 

Port Lights and Hatches

Windows on a boat are called port lights.  They are only to be opened in port or at anchor, the same for hatches.  If you close a port light or hatch, even in port, ALWAYS DOG IT (close the latches or tighten down the knobs). If water leaks in through a window or hatch it can cause endless hours of cleaning up not to mention possible serious damage. It is important that the knobs on the port lights be quite snug, and the handles on the hatches have resistance when latching. If you are unclear on how to dog windows or hatches please ask.

 

Lights and fans

Please keep all lights and fans turned off when not in use to save power.

 

Cabinets and Doors

All cabinets, drawers and lockers on the boat have double action catches.  When underway all catches need to be kept locked.  Locking is done by pushing the knob in so that it is flush with the door.  To unlock you push the knob again and it will pop out.  In the popped out position the door can be opened by pulling on the knob.  When you shut the door it will snap shut but will not lock until you push the knob in.  The unlocked position is fine for in port but underway they must be locked.  IF WE ARE UNDERWAY AND YOU OPEN A CABINET OR DRAWER RE-LOCK IT RIGHT AWAY SO YOU DON’T FORGET.  Locking or latching also applies to cabin doors.  Doors can be latched open or latched closed, either is fine, but applies to both in port and underway. Doors must always be latched, one way or the other!

 

 

Personal gear

Keep your personal gear picked up at all times.  The main cabin, galley and cockpit are common living spaces and need to be kept neat as a courtesy to others.  This also applies to your own cabin, within reason, as there is equipment and machinery in cabinets and lockers throughout the boat that may need to be accessed.  Each cabin will have at least one locker or cabinet for folded clothes or personal items for each guest to use.  There will also be room for clothes on hangers in a shared hanging locker if you prefer.

 

 

Sunscreen

We encourage the use of sunscreen but ask you to always wash your hands after applying it so as to not get the active ingredient on the woodwork.  Ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide will get imbedded into the varnish and permanently damage the finish.

 

Shoes

Shoes are not to be used below deck except in special circumstances.  We also discourage the use of shoes on deck unless we are underway, at which time they are optional.  When re-boarding the boat from being ashore, shoes should be removed on the dock or transom, and cleaned off.

 

Safety

We will give a safety and procedures briefing when you arrive that is appropriate for the nature of the sailing we will be doing.   If we forget to do the briefing before we head out please ask us to do so.

 

Water

Quintessa has a reverse osmosis watermaker which we run every few days.  The water that is produced is very pure and has no fowl taste.  We use this water for cooking and drinking, including making seltzer and soda.  For drinking full glasses or filling bottles please use the galley faucet (cold side) as there is an extra charcoal filter to remove any impurities from the tanks.  The use of water is not limited but please be conservative with water use at sinks and showers.

 

Spills

Please do not leave beverages unattended on tables or counters (especially red wine and soda).  The large sink is the best place to temporarily hold a beverage while underway.  There is also a drink holder in the cockpit.