What to expect from your gay sailing holiday?
We care a lot about setting the right expectations, and find it important that you get everything out of your gay sailing holiday! To give you an idea what the life of a sailor dude on board of our yachts is all about, we provide detailed information about the following topics:
- Your gay skipper
- Our yachts
- Daily program
- Clothing (optional) & Luggage
- Ready to join SAILORdudes?
Please read this carefully and feel free to contact us if any questions remain. We are happy to hear from you!
Meet your skipper(s)...
Hi, my name is René. I am based in Holland and l-o-v-e sailing as well as sharing this fantastic way of spending a holiday with others. I have visited many great sailing areas on our planet with sailor dudes from all over the world. The pictures I took during those trips can be found on this site.
Besides the safety on board as a main priority at all times, I want you to enjoy your active gay sailing holiday as much as possible. Whether this is working on your tan from sunrise to sunset, picking up some sailing skills for becoming a true sailor dude, swimming, snorkeling, taking a stroll on a beach or in a village, catching fresh fish for the beach BBQ, it is up to you!
For most organised group cruises I will be your skipper. For tailor-made adventures that request a (naturist) gay skipper and bigger group adventures, I also work together with other skippers that sail for SAILORdudes. You find some of them on the photos.
Your floating home and bedroom
The sailing yacht will be our (non-smoking) home for the duration of the trip, and is fully equipped for a comfortable stay on board. Although we should be cautious with water and electricity (we usually don't have permanent 110/220V on board), you will generally find everything you need. The cabins with beds, a kitchen with a stove and fridge, toilets, showers and a saloon area. We usually take showers on the stern of the yacht. It's just as easy and the view that comes with it is priceless!
The yacht size and number of berths on board varies. For organised group cruises we usually have yachts accommodating 8 to 10 persons. Cabins also vary in size and either have double or bunk beds and sleep 2 persons each. Beds will probably be smaller than you are used to at home. Also, most yachts do not have air conditioning unless specifically mentioned. If you prefer some more privacy, a bunk bed is smaller but is for you alone without someone next to you. You can indicate your cabin preference in your booking and if you want a guaranteed type of bed, please indicate so clearly in the booking. Early bookers usually get to choose their preferred cabin first. The images on the left give you an idea of the yacht interior.
Swim, sunbathe, sail and relax ...
Your skipper will prepare the navigation to the next bay or village in the morning while the group organises breakfast. After breakfast, there will be a short briefing about expected weather conditions, the route to our next destination, suggested lunch/swim stops on our way and the expected sailing time. When that's done, the yacht should be prepared for leaving and off we go! In the evenings we may end up swimming under the moonlight, chatting in the cockpit or near a beach fire or partying on deck and dancing under the stars! Suggestions by the group about the program are always welcome. The skipper, however, may exercise a veto when it comes to safety or route planning issues. Weather is also an important fact and may give reason to alter the planned route.
The very first day of our adventure is used to arrange provisioning by the group, unpack your bags and organise your cabin. We also have a welcome drink with your fellow sailor dudes and do a briefing about safety and some other housekeeping stuff. Our departure from port is usually the day after embarkation. The evening before disembarkation we will return into port. If you consider joining a cruise, check the detailed information provided on the sailing cruises page.
... is optional & Luggage
Being on our own yacht offers a lot of privacy so you can feel free to either work on your tan lines or be nude and getting rid of them. All of our cruises are clothing optional (where appropriate). Some trips are specific gay nude sailing cruises for those that are into naturism and like to stay naked on the sailing yacht as much as possible.
And traveling without (too many) clothes may help, because in any case you should leave your big hard-case Samsonites at home. Storage space on yachts is limited and life on board does not need to be as glamorous as on land 😉 (right ?). Best is to pack light and bring a soft bag that can be flattened or folded. Recommended/suggested items to bring besides the usual clothes (including something warm for an occasional chilly evening) are:
- Sunglasses, hat, wind/rain-proof jacket
- Closed toe shoes (without black/dark soles since they leave stains on the deck) and water shoes
- Sailing gloves -if you have them- to protect your fingers when assisting the skipper. Limited pairs of gloves are on board
- Snorkeling equipment (a set may also be on board), beach towel
- Toiletries including shower gel/shampoo and insect repellent
- Tea towels and dish brush (there are usually not provided on board)
- Sun protection (bring lots, also a higher SPF than usual is recommended due to water reflection and preferably no spray)
- (waterproof) camera
- Ear plugs and any sea sickness medication if you think you may need it
Bed linen and a bath towel (no beach towel) is usually provided unless indicated otherwise in the final information that you receive shortly before departure.
Additional expenses besides the yacht
The listed prices already include all costs directly related to the yacht rental, and we do not charge booking fees. On top of that you should expect some additional expenses related to the trip (also applicable to tailor-made adventures). Such expenses are shared by the group and paid from a common wallet that is managed by one person in the group. It is common practice that the skipper is excluded from contributing to the common wallet.
Meals | Drinks
For meals on board we depend on local availability of groceries. Breakfast is usually done on board in a continental buffet style. Lunch as well (like pasta, a salad or sandwiches), although it may sometimes be an option to go on shore. Dinner can be prepared on board while in a bay, or -if the group prefers- we have dinner in a nearby restaurant where possible. Because of the variety of options, preferences and local prices it is hard to give an exact estimate of costs and we recommend to inform yourself about local price levels. In general, however, you should roughly expect about 75-100 euro per week for on board breakfast, lunch and general groceries (dudes, this excludes champagne breakfasts! 😉 ) and about 5 euro per person/day for onboard dinners. These estimates EXclude alcoholic beverages, so that comes on top depending on preference/consumption.
Harbour | Mooring fees
Cost differ highly per sailing area. There are usually no to very low fees in Greece but they can be anywhere between 20 and 80 euros per night in Croatia. Bays are generally free of charge but if we make use of so-called mooring buoys, there may be a fee (20-30 USD in the Caribbean) or free of charge when we have dinner in the restaurant that owns the buoy. Check the Sailing areas page for more information about expected fees in specific areas.
Fuel | Water
These costs are already included for organised group cruises. For tailor-made cruises, the fuel tank needs to be topped-up at the end of the holiday and the onboard water tanks must be filled as needed. A rough cost estimate is 75-150 EUR per week and per yacht, but varies depending on weather conditions and the type of yacht.
A happy family
Even though we stay on a comfortable yacht, it is a limited space that we share with other -often international- dudes. The average age is usually 30's and 40's, some below and some above. We make an effort to match like-minded people and ages together on the same yacht, also due to cabin sharing with limited privacy. We mostly get sporty guys that are looking for an active gay sailing holiday. The language spoken on board is English. Besides sailing adventures, some -understandably- ask about possible sexual adventures on board. Anything can happen of course, as on any holiday where people are in a happy mood. You would for sure not be the first to make new friendships and meet up with sailor dudes even long after the sailing cruise has ended. Everything else depends on if it's written in the stars 😉 The bottom line is that we want you to enjoy yourself as much as possible and that no-one is offended.
To make sure we keep cruising around as a happy family throughout the adventure, there are a couple of tasks where your participation is requested (also applicable to tailor-made adventures unless a cook and/or host is part of the crew):
- Provisioning on the first day and additional shopping during the trip
- Organising meals on board
- Cleaning up/dish-washing after meals
The skipper will help you organising on board tasks if needed but is in general busy with navigation, preparation and keeping the boat exterior tidy. After arriving at the overnight stop, the skipper is therefore in general off duty.
You = SAILOR dude?
That would be cool!
Sailor dudes should be sporty since you stay on a yacht that moves with the waves and makes you exercise all day. A free work-out for your six pack 😉 ! You must be able to swim and be flexible in terms of 'going with the flow' so we can get the best out of each day together. Sailing experience is not required and if you are eager to pick up some sailing skills, your gay skipper is more than happy to explain how it's done! If you are sensitive to seasickness you may want to consider an area where seas are predominantly gentle (ask us for advice). If you are only mildly sensitive to seasickness, it can often be managed in various ways if it happens to you and should not influence your holiday too much.
So, if all this sounds good it would be great to welcome you on board as a SAILOR dude!
Feel free contacting us in case of any remaining questions or doubts. Or go to our contact page to fill out the booking form, in case you have already decided to join one of our organised group sailing cruises. You will also find the tailor-made enquiry form on our contact page, if you want us to arrange something for your own party.