The Maine Windjammer Association

We want your windjammer cruise to be the absolute best it can be; so we thought we'd give you an overview of what you should bring on your Maine sailing adventure as well as some tips and information for your trip.

The Essentials

   - Soft, squishy luggage that can be stowed easily. No steamer trunks, please!

   - Comfy rubber-soled shoes.

   - Casual, easy-to-layer, comfortable clothing.

   - Rain gear

   - A fleece jacket, sweatshirt, hoodie, wind breaker, etc. It is frequently windy on the
     water and evenings get chilly even in the summer time.

   - Swimsuit, for swimming or simply sunbathing.

   - Waterproof zip-lock bags for things you want to keep dry.

The Extras

   - Binoculars, for watching seals, birds, and maybe even whale!

   - A good camera, panoramic if you have a lens or compatible camera

   - Don't forget extra film or SD cards!

   - Small musical instruments.

   - Hats and even scarves and mittens.

   - Sunscreen

   - A good book, or two.

   - BYOB. We provide ice chests for guests' beverages. We request that alcohol be used
     in moderation.

   - Earplugs. These are provided on most vessels, but if you have your own, it's not a bad
     idea to bring them.

   - Necessary pills, medications, and medicines.

   - Motion sickness medicine, if you feel you need it.

Have Children Who Are Joining You Aboard?

   - Books

   - Writing journal

   - Camera and/or binoculars

   - Card games

   - Crossword, Find-a-word, or other type word games/puzzles.

   - A favorite stuffed animal, pillow, or blanket.

   - A notebook for writing down names and information for new friends you meet and
     want to stay in touch with.

Tips & Important Information

   - Lend a helping hand! Guests are encouraged to participate. Want to help cook? Wash
     dishes? Set the table? Talk to the First Mate. They usually always accept your kind
     offers of help!

   - NO SMOKING below decks. Ever. Check with your captain to see what their policy is
     on smoking in general. Some vessels do not permit it at all.

   - No running on deck. Spaces can be small (or wet!) and there are others on board.

   - Descend stairs BACKWARDS. Your chest should be facing the stairs with your hands
     on the rails.

   - Diet needs. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to inform your captain upon
     reservation of your berth. Do not wait until last minute to tell them. Shopping is done
     before guests get on board.

   - Allergies. If you have food allergies, severe reactions to insect bites, or other
     important health concerns, PLEASE inform your captain before you board.

   - Safety. There is ONE INSTANCE, and ONE INSTANCE only to use the phrase "man
     overboard". Use it only if there is a need.

   - You are not alone. Though we strive to make you all feel special and cared for on our
     cruises, you are not the only person aboard. Please respect your fellow sailors.
     Politeness, decorum, and compassion go a long way.

 See our FAQ for additional helpful information to the most popular questions we get.