The general atmosphere on board is sociable and friendly. All Saltyboys Sailing Cruises have a non-sexual intent. Of course this doesn’t mean that nothing ever will or can happen.
Usually new friendships (and more) are formed on board. Often guys book again together on a next cruise.
You don't need any sailing experience to join our trips. The skipper can maneuvre the boat single handed. There are a few moments on every sailing day that a few hands are welcome. For example when arriving/leaving port and when hoisting the sails. Before taking off, the skipper will assign the A-team (2 guys on the anchor) and a few guys to catch/throw the stern-lines.
Our aim is of course that by the end of the week every Saltyboy will have become more, or at least looks like, a bit of a sailor ;-)
This type of holiday would rather fit into the adventurous hands-on gay sailing trip than a massive gay cruise on one of the big cruise-liners.
All Saltyboys group sailing trips are about having a fun, relaxed and enjoyable time together. Your Saltyboys skipper always makes sure to sail you between the best bays and beaches and cute harbour villages in the area. During the day there will be plenty of time for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, reading a book or getting to know each other.
Depending on where we drop anchor we’ll enjoy an on-board BBQ or dinner in the restaurants on the shore after some nice sundowners. Here the Saltyboys sample and spice up the local gay scene or build a campfire on the beach.
No worries. This can happen to anyone when seas get more rough. From experience we know this never lasts longer than a few hours max, only the first day, if at all. It is a matter of getting used to the motion of the boat. Your skipper is regardful and happy to help you out. A good breakfast and lunch (full stomach, even if you don’t think so) do miracles against motion sickness. If still needed there are very effective pills or patches against motion sickness. Once used to the waves you’ll love them ;-)
Probably the biggest concern people have before booking a sailing trip is having enough space or freedom on board. Sailing yachts always provide a nice spot for you to be comfortable and enjoy the amazing scenery or work on your suntan. You will be surprised how group dynamics during a sailing day can provide you with some good conversation or give you total piece of mind to read a nice book or listen to your favourite tunes on your iPod.
We are usually sailing with around 10 guys per boat. On some trips we will sail in flotilla with 2 or more Saltyboys boats. This means a smaller group (your own boat team) during the day and meeting more Saltyboys at lunchtime/in the evening when we team back up in a bay or in port.
Almost all guys joining our trips are single. After getting to meet eachother during the first shopping and some sundowners, a cabin division will be made. If there is (mutual) preference or if you come with a friend or your partner, you can of course share a cabin with that person. Every yacht is equipped with several double bed cabins and a bunk bed cabin.
Guys that like to have their own cabin can mention their preference on the booking form. The surcharge is 95% of the trip fee, as one person less can book the trip.
Of course it's not cheap to have a holiday on a sailing yacht. Sailing yachts itself are expensive, as well as the insurances. However if you compare the price per night to that of a hotel and think of the travel costs you save arriving every day right in the centre of a new place without packing your bags all the time, it’s rather good! The price of a sailing holiday can be compared with the price of a skiing holiday.
Your cruise includes shared accommodation on a sailingyacht with the professional guidance of a Saltyboys gay or gay nudist skipper. Included are all yacht related costs such as yacht insurance, dinghy with outboard, bed linen, towels, yacht safety deposit, end-cleaning and diesel. The luxury gay sailing cruises also include the services of a gay host/cook who will take care of on-board meals, the grocery shopping and the dish washing.
Apart from your flights/transfers, extra costs are for food/drinks (grocery shoppings for on-board breakfast/lunch and on shore dinners), the occasional national park entrance or harbor fee. All these costs will be shared by the crew members using a common wallet (a so called kitty). According to custom the skipper is exempt from contributing to the kitty and it will be managed by one of the crew members. Estimated costs per person for the common wallet are around € 250 for the whole week.
Saltyboys Sailing Cruises are for guys between roughly 20 and 50 y/o. These boundaries are not set in stone, if you are a few years older but still easy going, flexible and sexy ;-) you are more than welcome to join us.
The Saltyboys management always monitors the average age group per cruise. If it happens that there is a big predominant age-group on a cruise, we might decide to keep those together.
The guys joining our trips come from countries all over the world. Therefor the language spoken on board is English. Most of our skippers also speak French, Dutch, Spanish, German, and Italian.
If you want to be sure to have a place on board on a certain trip, we recommend to book well in advance. This means booking ahead a year or at least 8 months in advance. Usually we get fully booked around 6 to 4 months prior to departure. It can never hurt to inform as sometimes a place opens up or with a lot of interest we likely add another Saltyboys boat to the fleet.
Just enjoy teaming up with your fellow Saltyboys crew members every now and then. As said, you can assist the skipper with adjusting the sails, steering the boat or helping out with the anchoring maneuvers. Others enjoy preparing a nice coffee in the yacht's galley, organizing breakfast or lunch. Teaming up for grocery shopping in the harbor villages or marketplaces with fresh fruit, fish and vegetables can make a fun outing as well. By turning in shifts of 2 guys, it will come down to preparing a meal and doing the dishes one time for the whole week.
If this doesn't match your holiday ideas, the Saltyboys Luxury Sailing might be more your thing.
For most Saltyboys Gay and Au Naturel sailings we use new modern Beneteau 50 footers with beds for 10 persons. On other trips we use catamarans Lagoon 400 or 450 (Seychelles, Caribbean, Mexico, etc.)
On the Saltyboys Luxury Cruises we sail on spacious classic but modern Gullet yachts.