Is there a minimum/maximum age limit?
No – children and adults of any age can come along. However those with very young children may find the instability of the boats when it’s windy challenging as well the steep steps leading from deck down to the cabin. It can be possible to hire safety netting which is about 2ft hire and goes around the whole boat.
Are there toilets and showers on board?
Yes there will normally be several of each, including a shower on the back of the boat to use after swimming. Waste goes into a tank which is then jetissonned while at sea to avoid polluting the bays and anchorages. There is also a marina at Skadin with a toilet and shower block.
How long are the beds?
This varies but they are usually fine for even very tall people. Space on the boats in limited compared to living on land but you soon get used to it. The early morning swims in the sea of the back more than make up for it!
Is there a fridge?
Yes – so no excuse for warm drinks.
How long will we sail for each day?
This depends. There is some flexibility so different boats can do different things, as long as they all end up in the same place. To just drive from overnight stop to overnight stop would usually take between 3-4hrs under motor. Sailing may take a bit longer or not depending how windy it is and what direction it’s coming from. We would never need to go out if the wind is too strong and is making people uncomfortable.
How is the food?
We will shop and prepare whatever breakfast and lunch you choose (within reason!) and this can include cereal, fruit and yoghurt or cooked food for breakfast and salads, olives, bread cheese and cured meats for lunch. The tavernas will do a great range of seafood and grilled meats for dinner and kid friendly pasta and pizza type food too.
Are there many insects?
There may be a few mosquitos around at night but it has never been a major problem. Some bays have more wasps but these are more annoying than aggressive.
Can we fish?
Absolutely. We may also see some dolphins while crossing the bay.
Is there Wifi?
There is decent 4G in most places and the boats normally offer a limited wifi with limited data, but if this is a major concern, you might be better off on a different holiday…..
Is there shade?
Yes – all the boats’ cockpits are covered by a sunshade (pleasingly called a “bimimi”)
Will the children/adults be able to spend time with those on other boats?
Definitely – we will all go to the same taverna in the evening and you can socialise as you wish. The ESOC instructors will normally organise some games and watersports before we set sail in the morning and again when we arrive at the mooring in the afternoon. Children may also swap between boats from time to time to be with their friends as long as all the parents are happy with that.
Will we get seasick?
It’s possible but we will not tend to go out if the sea is very rough. It wasn’t a problem in 2019 but if you are prone then please bring some medication just in case.