Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHO SAILS THE BOAT?
A: Offshore has partnered with Sailing Collective, a team of highly trained, professional captains and sailing instructors. Two members from the Sailing Collective team will be joining us as our captains in Maine. In addition to their sailing experience, both captains are trained in navigation and first aid medical response to keep you safe and on course throughout the week.
Q: DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SAIL?
A: No. Our captains will be responsible for sailing the boat, but residents are welcome and encouraged to participate in working the boat, under the captain's direction, as much as they wish.
Q: WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS ONBOARD?
A: There is limited private space while aboard the boat. We find that this builds the community, but it's not for everyone. Living space inside the sailboat is compact but comfortable. The ALAMAR has 8 comfortable berths (that’s boat-speak for bunks or beds) in the large main cabin (all are 6 feet or longer). This is where you’ll be sleeping. Pillows are provided, sheets and blankets are not, so be sure to bring a set of sheets and blanket or a sleeping bag. There is generous seating for 10 at a drop leaf table in the main cabin, and has a new “Halibut” porcelinized wood/charcoal stove (with small oven) for heating and cooking. Most meals will be prepared on the boat. There is no private shower, but a sun shower is available for on deck use.
Q: HOW DO MEALS WORK ON THE BOAT?
A: Offshore program directors will provision your boat with food for 7 days. This will include 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4-5 dinners. We expect to eat out for 3-5 meals. All food will be sourced locally in Maine for the freshest and finest foods available.
Q: WHO COOKS?
A: Dining aboard is family style and will take place at scheduled times. Offshore program directors and captains will do the majority of meal preparation, but cooking and cleaning volunteers are always welcome and strongly encouraged. Snacks will be plentiful and available at any time.
Q: WILL I BE ABLE TO CHARGE MY ELECTRONICS?
A: Yes. The boat has a small (100W 120V AC) inverter for you to plug in and charge battery-powered electronics. Keep in mind though, 10 people will be sharing the same charging station, so expect to take turns or consider bringing an additional battery to have on hand.
Q: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
A: You should ensure you do not have a medical condition that will interfere with your ability to participate in the Offshore Residency program. You are required to inform Offshore of any medical conditions ahead of time to ensure your safety and the safety of other passengers. Residents must be physically able to climb a ladder and get in and out of the boat with ease.
Q: WHAT IF I GET SEASICK?
A: There are a variety of seasickness and nausea medications. Please research before you travel and purchase the necessary medication
Still have questions?
Contact us, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.