A New Home on the Seas
The concept I have for the "Il-Dana" is low tech
environmentally friendly and affordable venture on the high seas.
Self catering and back to basics, suitable to sample a more Bohemian
lifestyle where on board you are more a member of a training crew
than a charter party.
Passage making will be made under sail, using the best manual
sailing practices (no push button sailing here). Navigation will
be practiced "Old School" with Charts, Compass and Sextant
though there will be GPS to assist those new to sailing and to
check or correct our progress.
Though auxiliary motors (electric if possible) will be available
if needed, most manoeuvres will be carried out using team work.
Since we will be mostly surrounded by water there will be
an array of watersports equipment available on board, including
rowing dorys for recreation and tender, windsurfer, kitesurfer,
paddleboard, surfboard, snorkelling, fishing rods and spearfishing
gear. You will be invited to bring your own surfboards and watersports
gear if you wish.
Everyone is involved in the running of the ship taking part
in a scheduled 4 hour watch which gives everyone a chance to sail
the vessel and part take in the adventure. All other duties will
Same as home you'll have your own private quarters but you
also have your communal areas as well so you can choose whether
if you want to mix with others or have your own quiet time.
Cooking and the preparation of meals can be done in the Galley
under passage and while the boat is moored the deck tinderbox
can be fired up for a barbeque.
There are separate Heads for Ladies and Gents which consists
of wash area, solar shower, and cartridge toilet.
Electrics and artificial light will be kept to a minimum,
for entertainment you are invited to bring your own musical instruments
or use the ships guitar. There will be an array of books and board
games available on board.