On each voyage leg, up to 24 places are available for members of the general public wishing to sail aboard Oosterschelde.
All cabins aboard Oosterschelde are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. Showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure an agreeable temperature inside.
In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.
The crew members are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with the Oosterschelde. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. The atmosphere on board is informal and friendly.
MEALS ON BOARD
Our experienced cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks (including alcoholic beverages from the bar) will be totted up during and charged at the end of each voyage leg.
CONTACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Family and friends at home can follow the ships news and progress via our website. In case of an emergency the ship can be reached directly by Iridium satellite telephone. The number is: +881631850669.
SAILING AT SEA
Sailing aboard Oosterschelde is a very special experience.
The crew will be happy to explain the function of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you. You will be assigned watches with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship.
EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
Oosterschelde is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law (as the vessel is registered in the Netherlands).
The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts.
We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure.
There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore. In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc.
For navigation and communications purposes the ‘Oosterschelde’ is equipped with a radar set, two compasses, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.