We welcome our friends and family, and encourage you to contact us to check our current port of call, planned length of stay and availability for visitors. Also before you plan your visit, please refer to the web sites below for destination traveler information and alerts, and our "visitor guidelines" which follow.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
We want to make sure that we do our best to prepare you for an enjoyable time visiting with us on Destiny. We can’t guarantee you a good time – you’re on your own in the attitude category – however, we will do our best to give our Landlubber friends an outline of expectations and overview of living aboard so that you arrive as well-informed as possible. This isn’t like staying in a hotel, but it isn’t quite camping either. It’s just a little different. Plan on nothing dressier than casual and heels no higher than “tennis shoes”. You really don’t need jewelry, resort wear or “bling” to vacation with us. This is a time to get away from all that. If that is what you seek, we are not the get-away for you. If there is a restaurant in the area or a local yacht club that we will be patronizing, we will let you know before you start packing, otherwise leave the hair gel, the curling and flat irons and the glam at home.
First of all, here is the scoop on what to bring and what to avoid when packing for your journey.
- Make sure your passport is up to date, and that it is not within 6 months of Expiration.
- You might want to bring along some cash in either USD or the local currency. Some places take credit cards but many require cash only. If you bring US dollars carry $1,5,10,or 20’s, the smaller the denomination the better because many places want your USD but will give you change in local currency.
- PLEASE NO HARD SIDED LUGGAGE OR SUITCASES. Use collapsible luggage (duffle bag, back pack, etc.). We have no room to store suitcases on the boat. Rolling luggage is fine unless it doesn’t breakdown flat, and you don’t mind sleeping with it.
- Pack light so you can easily hoist your bag. You don’t need much anyway: For daytime: shorts, capri's, bathing suit, t-shirts, cover-ups, etc. For nighttime, blue jeans, sweat shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, lightweight jacket, etc. We will not generally have a reason to “dress up”, by this we mean fancier than real real casual.
- Remember a hat or cap and good sunglasses.
- SHOES: One pair to wear on the boat.
- Your boat shoes should have a non marking, non slip sole.
- If the boat shoes you bring are ones you are wearing now, be sure to thoroughly clean the bottom so the gravel and rocks in the grooves not scratch the decks OR you can go barefoot.
- Your other shoes or sandals should be comfortable for walking and for wearing on the beach, etc.
- Bring your preferred brand of insect repellant and whatever suntan lotion you generally use.
- Bring your personal toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving items, deodorant, etc), however; we will provide bath soap. And seriously, don’t bring a bunch of electrical gadgets. We don’t have a power plant onboard and you won’t need them anyway.
- Because energy resources are not as readily available on board a boat as they would be in your home, and because access to laundry facilities may be a challenge for us depending on our present location, we prefer that you bring your own, queen-size sheets, pillow cases, and your own towel and wash cloth.
- If you are prone to motion sickness we encourage you to bring the appropriate medication or personal treatment that best suits you. We do keep a supply of Dramamine on board.
- Do not bring any food that is not sealed by the manufacturer, and please no cardboard containers, they are a haven for bugs to lay their eggs. We don’t want them hatching in the middle of the ocean.
Please do not bring liquor. Whatever you need can be purchased in town or at a bar.
Now, a few living on board pointers for those of you not familiar with sea life.
Equipment on a boat is more delicate than one might think, and is much more expensive to replace or to repair than the average home items, and replacements parts are often hard to find; therefore we have a few housekeeping RULES. Rules violations may result in one of the following: confinement to quarters, “WALKING THE PLANK”, Food rationing, guests being Hung, Drawn and Quartered, etc. Get the picture?
- NOTHING GOES IN THE TOILETS BUT WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR BODY. – no paper, feminine products, gum – not even a matchstick. Frank will not be very happy with you if he has to take apart the sewer line to clean up your mistake.
- Nothing but liquid goes down any sink drain.
- Refrigerator and freezer doors should be closed quickly and not left open or unlatched. The freezer is not self-defrosting.
- When you get ice out of the freezer, please use the scoop provided. “Dirty Ice is not nice” YUK!!!!
- Another boat thing: When using the shower, turn WATER ON and rinse, TURN WATER OFF and lather up, AND LAST TURN WATER ON AND RINSE SOAP OFF. When you are all done “squeegee” the entire shower (not just the glass doors). This will help alleviate mold, mildew buildup.
VERY IMPORTANT : “When the WATER is “ON”, the SHOWER PUMP is ON”, else you will flood the entire bathing area quicker than you can react…a lot to remember so if you get confused just don’t shower.
- Cooking, cleaning and general clean up are shared duties among the entire crew.
- Try to be mindful of leaving lights on when not occupying a room. We make our own energy and try to conserve when and wherever prudent to do so.
- Please use coasters under your drinks inside the cabin.
- Don’t take food into your cabin to eat. Food and snacks should be consumed either topside or within the galley and/or salon areas.
- Please be mindful that the sole of the boat (floor) is teak and can be scratched or gouged if not careful.
- Please treat our home with the respect you would your own home. Or if you don’t treat your own home with respect – treat ours like you would your mother’s home when she is watching.
Finally, if you aren’t sure of something – please ask. We won’t be too hard on you if it’s a stupid question, although we may run you up the mast and let you hang for a while if you have a question that you don’t ask, hence committing a grievous infraction.