This page answers some of the questions you may have about life on board Asante. If your question is not answered here please feel free to contact us and ask.
Most of our guests are solo travellers, small groups of friends or couples. Asante caters for all these variables, providing one double cabin and two bunk bed cabins. Normally we only have up to 4 guests on board but we can cater for 6. From our experience we know our guests like there own cabin, so there is no surcharge for single occupancy.
All bedding including a towel will be provided for all charters.
For our shorter more holiday style charters you will not have to get involved with any cooking, cleaning or washing up, unless of course you are particularly keen to lend a hand. Similarly with regards to the sailing you can be as hands on, or not, as you like. These charters are typically our Caribbean holidays, the Scotland Oban cruises, the Scillies and West Country Cruises and Mediterranean holidays.
For our more adventurous style trips, it’s a case of everyone getting involved. You’ll be sitting watches at sea, taking care of the domestic duties as part of a rota system and generally contributing to life on board. (If you have any concerns about cooking, don’t panic, we will assist!) We find this system works well for bringing the crew together and making everyone feel part of the team. This is what to expect if you have signed on for the following trips: Oban to Plymouth, UK to Canaries, the ARC, and the World ARC.
In addition to Ian & Fiona, we generally take 4 guests on board, but will take a maximum of 6 guests.
All onboard expenses: food, soft drinks, pre-dinner alcoholic drinks and wine / beer with your dinner, and all running costs associated with the yacht. Bedding is provided. All safety equipment is provided. Please see note 1 on some of our skippered charters regard alcohol.
Travel insurance – this is required, and should be purchased as you book your trip in case you have to cancel for any reason. Flights and transport to the yacht. Meals and excursions ashore are also not included.
Sailing experience is not a pre-requisite of sailing with us, but some of our trips are more challenging than others, so it is best to check with us first. We can guide you on which trip you will be best suited for. In general an adventurous spirit and a willingness to get stuck in and be part of a team is more important than sailing knowledge. For example, booking onto an ocean passage having never sailed before may not be the best idea.
You will receive a kit list as part of the joining instructions for your trip, but as a general rule you usually don’t need as much as you think! Hard suitcases are not permitted onboard and bags with wheels can’t be taken down below. We recommend soft holdalls.
For our holidays that involve day sailing, alcohol is served on board. On ocean passages we run a dry ship for safety reasons.
We pride ourselves on producing tasty meals on board whether we are on passage or at anchor. There are always plenty of cold or hot options for breakfast. Lunches tend to be sandwiches, wraps or salads and evening meals are always filling and tasty with plenty of variety and cooked with local produce where possible.