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What to pack for your charter
One of the most common question guests have about a multi day charter is "What do we bring?" Well, to answer most generally, I would have to say bring as little as possible.

Even though Bateau du Vent is very roomy as far as sail boats go, there is still much less storage space than you are used to in a normal home. So pack like you would if you were going camping, not as you would if you were going to a hotel.

When packing, it is best to bring a duffel  bag and plan to live out of it as opposed to unpacking everything into a closet and dresser. Once you arrive then you can unpack into the space available to you. Hard suitcases and backpacks with frames should definitely be avoided.
Must Brings
Must Brings
Prescription drugs and glasses. These are a must because they are almost impossible to replace once we are away from Ladysmith. Consider bringing old glasses in case they should decide to 'jump' overboard. If medication is VERY IMPORTANT, bring two small bottles instead of one so they can be stored in separate places, one as a backup. Same with eye glasses. It is very unlikely you will need motion sickness medication but if you are prone, bring your favourite. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You must supply your own alcohol.
Equipment
Bring your camera, cell phone, e-reader and laptop. I have binoculars but only big ones. Bring your favourite ones if you wish. You may need European power adapters if your electronics are from there. I have PFDs but if you have ones you like, bring them. Also sunglasses and hat if you wear them. A refillable water bottle is a good idea as bottled water is impractical. A small backpack is a good idea for hiking. If you have made arrangements to camp ashore, please bring your own sleeping bags. I do not have any. I do have a basic 2 person tent though.
Clothing
Pack as little as you can. We have no washing machine on board so bring enough considering this. Bring clothing you can add and remove in layers as the weather conditions change. Even on a bright and hot day it can get chilly on the water in a breeze in the shade of the sails. Bring jeans and shorts. Pay attention to the weather forecast at Environment Canada. It will give you a pretty good idea of what the weather will be like. Some people say avoid cottons others say avoid synthetics. My opinion is: that doesn't matter as long as you are comfortable.
Footwear
Again, some people have definite opinions on what to bring and what not to bring. I believe comfort is most important. I do request that you bring one pair to wear on the boat and another for hiking and mucking around on shore. "Mucking About Shore - Hiking - shoes/boots" might have to wait in Bullfrog or on the dock until they dry off. Consider that dark, hard soled shoes might leave scuffs on the boat  that can be difficult to remove. Certainly you don't need to buy special boat shoes that you may never use again. Unless you have special plans, don't bring high-heels or fancy dress shoes.
Coats/Jackets
Check the weather from the link above to see what you might need but if you dress in layers then a final nylon shell as a wind break is probably sufficient. A sweater or fleece will be good for evenings after the sun goes down. If rain is expected then the nylon shell over a sweater (especially an acrylic sweater) is good to shed rain. I have some rain gear in medium and large men's size. Don't expect to be doing any crazy sailing in gale driven downpours which require foul weather gear. You don't need to buy anything special.
Personal Items
I have generic sun screen, insect repellent, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hand lotion aboard. If you have favourites that you must have then by all means bring them. Water for showering is very limited. Deodorant or antiperspirant is a good idea. You may want to bring swimming attire and sun bathing attire. As for swimming, the water temperature rarely exceeds 15c. I'll be on the boat taking pictures if you decide to swim.
No Need To Bring
I have blankets, pillows (for use on board), towels, face cloths, hair dryer, reading lights, flash lights, all the dishes, pots and pans, glasses, plates and cutlery. First aid supplies are on board as specified by Transport Canada. I have WiFi for basic Internet access but not for streaming or gaming. I supply the food as specified in your food survey. There is 120vac 60hz power with North American style outlets. Don't bring expensive jewelry, watches and such. The ocean likes to 'eat' those and then giggle at you as you cuss at it.
Anything Else?
If you have any further questions, let me know. I'll be pleased to answer.
Prescription drugs and glasses. These are a must because they are almost impossible to replace once we are away from Ladysmith. Consider bringing old glasses in case they should decide to 'jump' overboard. If medication is VERY IMPORTANT, bring two small bottles instead of one so they can be stored in separate places, one as a backup. Same with eye glasses. It is very unlikely you will need motion sickness medication but if you are prone, bring your favourite. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You must supply your own alcohol.
Equipment
Bring your camera, cell phone, e-reader and laptop. I have binoculars but only big ones. Bring your favourite ones if you wish. You may need European power adapters if your electronics are from there. I have PFDs but if you have ones you like, bring them. Also sunglasses and hat if you wear them. A refillable water bottle is a good idea as bottled water is impractical. A small backpack is a good idea for hiking. If you have made arrangements to camp ashore, please bring your own sleeping bags. I do not have any. I do have a basic 2 person tent though.
Clothing
Pack as little as you can. We have no washing machine on board so bring enough considering this. Bring clothing you can add and remove in layers as the weather conditions change. Even on a bright and hot day it can get chilly on the water in a breeze in the shade of the sails. Bring jeans and shorts. Pay attention to the weather forecast at Environment Canada. It will give you a pretty good idea of what the weather will be like. Some people say avoid cottons others say avoid synthetics. My opinion is: that doesn't matter as long as you are comfortable.
Footwear
Again, some people have definite opinions on what to bring and what not to bring. I believe comfort is most important. I do request that you bring one pair to wear on the boat and another for hiking and mucking around on shore. "Mucking About Shore - Hiking - shoes/boots" might have to wait in Bullfrog or on the dock until they dry off. Consider that dark, hard soled shoes might leave scuffs on the boat  that can be difficult to remove. Certainly you don't need to buy special boat shoes that you may never use again. Unless you have special plans, don't bring high-heels or fancy dress shoes.
Coats/Jackets
Check the weather from the link above to see what you might need but if you dress in layers then a final nylon shell as a wind break is probably sufficient. A sweater or fleece will be good for evenings after the sun goes down. If rain is expected then the nylon shell over a sweater (especially an acrylic sweater) is good to shed rain. I have some rain gear in medium and large men's size. Don't expect to be doing any crazy sailing in gale driven downpours which require foul weather gear. You don't need to buy anything special.
Personal Items
I have generic sun screen, insect repellent, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hand lotion aboard. If you have favourites that you must have then by all means bring them. Water for showering is very limited. Deodorant or antiperspirant is a good idea. You may want to bring swimming attire and sun bathing attire. As for swimming, the water temperature rarely exceeds 15c. I'll be on the boat taking pictures if you decide to swim.
No Need To Bring
I have blankets, pillows (for use on board), towels, face cloths, hair dryer, reading lights, flash lights, all the dishes, pots and pans, glasses, plates and cutlery. First aid supplies are on board as specified by Transport Canada. I have WiFi for basic Internet access but not for streaming or gaming. I supply the food as specified in your food survey. There is 120vac 60hz power with North American style outlets. Don't bring expensive jewelry, watches and such. The ocean likes to 'eat' those and then giggle at you as you cuss at it.
Anything Else?
If you have any further questions, let me know. I'll be pleased to answer.