How many students in a class: We try to keep the class size to 4 students for Cruise N Learn (CNL). This allows students to have more “hands on” time at the helm. Weekend classes are a little more relaxed which offers some flexibility in class size.
What size boat will we be on: We offer our weekend classes and our CNL on a 37’ Hunter that provides a stable platform to learn on. The boat is here in Bellingham.
What about seasickness? The San Juan Islands are inland from the ocean which means no big rolling swells. There are several things you can do to help with being seasick such as “the patch”, acupressure bands, or Dramamine or Bonine. Both the Dramamine and Bonine may cause some drowsiness so be careful. For upset tummy you can try Ginger Snap cookies or ginger bite chews. Best advice: HYDRATE and have food in your stomach.
Will we be able to do laundry? You should try to bring enough clothing to last a week on the CNL – however, there are laundry facilities at Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor as well. You will be tying up at the dock in one of those spots.
What about alcoholic beverages? You may bring alcohol on board but it will only be consumed at anchor or at the dock.
Is smoking allowed? There is no smoking during the course unless you are ashore.
How about my favorite snacks? Everyone has a favorite snack and you are more than welcome to bring them especially if you bring extras to share.
What about food allergies/preferences? We will do our best to accommodate vegetarians, lactose intolerance or allergies. We shop for the group so if you have severe restrictions it’s best to plan to supplement some items on your own. Just be sure and tell Bellhaven early enough to make proper meal plans.
Lastly, what about CPAP machines? If your CPAP has a 12-volt power capability you can buy a 12-volt extension cord from Best Buy or Radio Shack. Make sure your cord is long enough to reach the power plugs on the boat. There is an inverter on DREAM CATCHER.