Depending on what each family member is looking for we’ll create a week long experience on Britican that includes any or all of the following (just to mention a small sample):
- Sailing skills
- Boat handling/docking
- Anchoring/mooring balls
- Engine/generator servicing
- Cooking, provisioning, BBQ, solar cooking
- Convincing your better half that boating is a good idea
- Winch servicing
- Rigging inspection/going up the mast
- Man Over Board drills
- Safety equipment and use
- Passage planning
- Weather forecasting
- Using the VHF
- Ancillary – watermaker, pumps, refrigeration
- Medical/First Aid
- Booking into another country
- Night sailing
Britican Experience Feedback
“I had the most incredible experience on Britican with Simon, Kim, and Sienna. They are extremely knowledgeable with years of cruising experience and it shows. During my stay with them I got to learn how they provision for long passages, plan for weather, determine the appropriate routes for passages, as well as get direct experience with night sailing, navigation, passage making, radio communications, and many other things.
There is no substitute for getting hands on experience to understand what it’s like to be a liveaboard cruiser and to feel more comfortable and confident with the skills required to do it.
It’s hard to know everything when planning to start a cruising lifestyle, but getting direct exposure to their knowledge and experience will help you save time and make better, more informed decisions. And best of all they are great people who I am glad I had the chance to meet and spend time on their boat.”
Kenny Jones, from Atlanta Georgia
“After watching Sailing Britican videos, I reached out to Kim regarding the Britican Experience opportunity. I had three primary goals; learn to navigate, experience sailing life and checking in and out of country’s. After three weeks with Kim, Simon and Sienna, I can without a doubt say I got more from my experience than just meeting my goals.
They treated me like family, including me in all their sailing discussions and decision. Simon and Kim are patient, easy going and welcoming. I remember my first night watch alone in a part of the Caribbean where Cargo traffic is frequent. Simon spent the time to reiterate what it means when you see different navigation lights on the ships, how to maneuver and our plan for when/if a boat was within a certain range.
There were lots of discussion about weather and what to do in varying situations, from knowing where we could duck into protection or to how/when to reduce sail area.
My only regret was that I had to return to work.”
Kyle Ian Martindale, Virginia