Here’s what you need to know:
When you get here, we’ll talk. We’ll show you how to use the head (https://svbrightwater.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/everybody-poops/), how to save electricity, how to save water, and where we keep stuff. We’ll have a safety tour and talk about life jackets and life rafts and life lines. It’s all easy and it’s not a big deal, but it’s all important.
Each person needs a current passport (more than 6 months left) and a Mexican fishing license. You may be able to get a license online here: http://www2.ebajacalifornia.gob.mx/Pesca/, or you’ll need to print out the license application (http://conapescasandiego.org/contenido.cfm?cont=LICENSE_REQUEST) and mail it to San Diego with payment, so order it as soon as you know your travel dates. The fishing license is required, cheap, and is the only fee that Mexico will charge you to use what is really one of the most fantastic areas of the planet. Get your license after you set travel dates.
If the weather is bad or something happens we may be a day or more late picking you up or you may miss your flight home. Trip insurance may help pay the costs. May not. Dunno.
Bring about three or four of everything (shorts, tops, bathing suits, hats, underwear) except your airplane clothes and one set of warm stuff (sweats are great). It’s no big deal to hand-wash clothes during the week. On a typical day you’ll want to jump in the water several times to cool off, then rinse off the salt water and cover up with a big, loose long-sleeve shirt and a sun hat. A “rash guard” or other long-sleeve shirt you can wear swimming may be a good idea. Count on losing a hat or two and your best pair of sunglasses. Everything should be packed in soft bags and carried-on. Split your stuff with your traveling partner in case one bag gets lost. If you bring drugs, only bring OTC drugs in their original containers or prescription drugs with your name on the label. Do not bring illegal or un-documented drugs on our boat.
We go barefoot on the boat but you’ll want sandals, flip-flops, or Tevas/Keens for the beach. Shoes usually don’t work very well unless they’re made to get wet. Feel free to bring your own snorkeling gear, but you can borrow ours.
We “sponge bathe” below decks or shower out-doors. You’ll get used to it. Hair-dryers, hair spray (except gel) and perfumes are useless, and you won’t need make-up or fru-fru warpaint. Non-oily SPF30 sunscreen is a must.
We may or may not have excellent cell phone and internet service. Don’t count on it. However, discuss your payment plan with your cell phone company so you know what your fees will be. Car chargers are easier to use than wall chargers. We will have Iridium satellite phone coverage. Give our Iridium satellite number to your contacts. Have them text us (120 characters), not call, if they need to get in touch. Receiving texts is free and reliable. Receiving calls is expensive and we may not hear the ring. You can always call them back.
If you have any diet or medical problems or other issues, we need to know. Secrets can be very dangerous.
We’ll probably go grocery shopping on the way from the airport to the boat, so if you want any special foods or drink have them in mind right away. We will split expenses at the end of the trip. The accounting will be rough, vague, and capricious. Credit cards are usually OK, but a couple hundred bucks personal spending cash is a good idea.
You’re invited on board because we want you on board. We want you to frolic. If there’s anything you want to do or see let us know, the earlier in the trip the better. We’ll probably welcome the chance to do something new.
In general, we expect you to keep your stuff cleaned up and participate in meal preparation and cleanup. If we step over you don’t stand up. If you want to help with sailing or anchoring or docking or whatever, please ask first. If anything makes you uncomfortable or you don’t understand why we’re doing something, ask. Ask right away. The boat you save may be Bright Water.