FAQ

Sailing, life on board

Everybody gets up whenever he or she wants and prepares his own breakfast. You like to have eggs in the morning, no problem, you want to taste Gi’s famous French toast, He is glad to prepare some for you. You want to jump in the sea at 5am, don’t wait for us, just go! The rest of the day we plan together. You want to go visit some place, you want to sail to a a beautiful bay, you want to explore an uninhabited island, snorkel for a couple of hours, go play on the beach,… everything is possible. Mostly we sail a couple of hours per day to our next beautiful spot. At noon Lien prepares one of her famous salad buffets and in the evening she normally prepares a wonderful vegetarian meal on board. You want to go to that special bar in the evening or out eating, we will bring you. Have a hike together, going for a fast fun drive in the dinghy, make a tour on the paddleboard, discover a local village, enjoy the sunset and the stars,… again: everything is possible.

In general we will sail each day for a couple of hours from one beautiful spot to another. If you like to stay longer at the same place or you like to sail the entire day or you like to have a lot of time just relaxing on a beach or you love hiking and want to explore the inland … everything is possible as long as the weather allows it. Tell us what you want, together we will make this trip an unforgettable experience!

We sail from one beautiful bay to another. Each night we drop our anchor at a tranquil and calm place which we choose together. Sometimes we are close to a small village, which you can explore, sometimes we are in the middle of nature, enjoying the silence and beauty. We’re almost never in a harbour.

We have a powerful dinghy with which we can bring you ashore in a fast and save way and whenever you like. Just call us (phone or walkietalkie) and we come and pick you up again.

 

Lien and Gi can handle the boat with the 2 of them in any kind of weather. If you like to help out with the sailing, you’re welcome. We are ready to share our experience we build up in the many years we are living on the boat (since 2012). If you want you can try sailing and even handle the boat completely on your own. Gi will be your backup so nothing can go wrong.

 

Off course! You can go together with Lien to the supermarket, buy the ingredients you like or you can be creative with the things we have on board and prepare your own floating dinner. We help out if you like and even do the dishes!

Everything is possible if the weather allows it and if we have the time to do it.

Normally we change bays every day but if you like to stay longer at one spot that’s an option as well.

We don’t have a fixed planning. You are the ones that choose where and when we go and which places we visit. We check if it is possible according to the wind, time, weather conditions.

Normally the wind in the Caribbean is quite constant. We are sailing in the Caribbean Sea since beginning 2015 and never had that much wind that is was impossible to sail. It can happen, nature does her own thing, but then we will find other nice things to do!

We live on the boat and sail it since end 2012. Gi is a certified captain (Master Unlimited) and already had a lot of experience before. By now we are very good at assessing the circumstances which makes the sailing very safe. Off course we have life jackets, a safety raft and other safety equipment on board. We never take any risk when it is about your safety, never.

Some people get seasick, others don’t. Some captains get seasick every trip and some people who have no experience at all on boats don’t get seasick. Nowadays there are a lot of good pills against seasickness. Also we can adapt the trip and the number of sailing hours to what you are capable of and we do have a couple of natural tricks against seasickness. In any case we will make the trip totally enjoyable for you. If you tend to get sick in a car than chances are you will also get seasick. Bring the meds that work best for you.

Please don’t bring to much!!

We provide towels and bed linen. If you like a very big towel for the beach then bring it.

We would like to ask you to travel light! You don’t need a lot over here in the Caribbean. The weather is mostly sunny and hot. You just need some light clothes, bathing suits, mask and snorkel, flippers, sunscreen (preferably one that is good for the environment and without perfume). If you bring shampoo, shower gel, … please think about the sea and try to bring natural products. Pack all you belongings in a preferably soft bag which you can easily fold when it’s empty.

Security

Hurricanes are pretty predictable at short term. A hurricane is a very local thing. We take care not to come in the vicinity of a hurricane and see to it that we always have time enough to get out of the danger zone. if the trip has to be (partially) cancelled we will (partially) refund you.

We sail from one beautiful bay to another. Each night we drop our anchor at a tranquil and calm place which we choose together. Sometimes we are close to a small village, which you can explore, sometimes we are in the middle of nature, enjoying the silence and beauty. We’re almost never in a harbour.

Normally the wind in the Caribbean is quite constant. We are sailing in the Caribbean Sea since beginning 2015 and never had that much wind that is was impossible to sail. It can happen, nature does her own thing, but then we will find other nice things to do!

We live on the boat and sail it since end 2012. Gi is a certified captain (Master Unlimited) and already had a lot of experience before. By now we are very good at assessing the circumstances which makes the sailing very safe. Off course we have life jackets, a safety raft and other safety equipment on board. We never take any risk when it is about your safety, never.

Sports, relaxing, fun, …

Beautiful beaches, white sand, palm trees, the sun, the sea,… that’s what we’re here for right? A towel, a book, playing with a ball, relaxing in the water, enjoying the waves… just like heaven. You can swim to the beach, you can take our paddle board or we bring you with the dinghy! Just ask and we come and pick you up again. Unless you want to swim back off course!

Lien and Gi can handle the boat with the 2 of them in any kind of weather. If you like to help out with the sailing, you’re welcome. We are ready to share our experience we build up in the many years we are living on the boat (since 2012). If you want you can try sailing and even handle the boat completely on your own. Gi will be your backup so nothing can go wrong.

We can charge any device that has a USB port or opperates on 100 up to 220 volts ac 50/60hz.

Off course! You can go together with Lien to the supermarket, buy the ingredients you like or you can be creative with the things we have on board and prepare your own floating dinner. We help out if you like and even do the dishes!

Price

Except for a few very logical things everything is included.

The trip to and from the spot where the boat is. Everything you eat, drink, buy ashore. Customs and park fees (because we can not calculate them upfront). Scuba diving, waterskiing and wakeboarding except for a trial session (see table below).

Hurricanes are pretty predictable at short term. A hurricane is a very local thing. We take care not to come in the vicinity of a hurricane and see to it that we always have time enough to get out of the danger zone. If the trip has to be (partially) cancelled we will (partially) refund you.

Comfort, special needs.

Lazuli has 2 bathrooms. Each one has a comfortable electrical toilet, a washbasin and a shower. We also have 2 outdoor showers. Our watermaker turns sea water into fresh water so we always have enough water.

You would like to try local food in a nice, cosy restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere on land just the two of you. You would like to explore an uninhabited island, just you, your partner and nature. No problem, we bring you with the dinghy whenever and wherever you want and you can call us via the walkie-talkie to pick you up again.

We understand completely that you have some special needs or diets or different ways of eating. Just tell us upfront what you need so Lien can buy it or you can go with her to the local supermarket and help her to choose. You also can bring your own food or supplements if you like.

In principle this trip is suitable for everyone. We already had people joining us who were not so flexible or couldn’t walk much more then a few steps or had other physical restrictions. We like to adapt and find solutions to your needs.

Yes you can, as long as you do it outside and downwind. We ourselves don’t smoke.

Yes we have limited access to the internet depending on the reception. Mostly more than enough for messaging and (video)chatting with friends and family.

Off course! You can go together with Lien to the supermarket, buy the ingredients you like or you can be creative with the things we have on board and prepare your own floating dinner. We help out if you like and even do the dishes!

Privacy

Lazuli is a catamaran, a boat with two hulls, that are separated by the living/kitchen space. One hull can sleep up to five people, mostly perfect for a family. You will have the whole hulll to yourself. Lien and Gi sleep in the other hull. Every hull has his own bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. If there are more than five guests, two can sleep in Lien and Gi’s hull.

If you book with us, normally you are the only guests on board. If not we will tell you before you book, so you can decide.

If you book for a sailing/coaching course it will be a group experience.

You would like to try local food in a nice, cosy restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere on land Just the two of you. You would like to explore an uninhabited island, just you, your partner and nature. No problem, we bring you with the dinghy whenever and wherever you want and you can call us via the walkie-talkie to pick you up again.

We always have room for singles. For economical reasons most probably there will be other guests on board.