Back to Basics
Like the ship herself, the lifestyle is similar to what would be found on sailing ships of over a century ago.
Instead of modern winches we build and use block and tackle. It takes a team of people to 'sweat and tail' as we set and handle sail. We row the shore boat and weigh anchor by hand. There is ample fresh water for cooking and drinking, but cleaning and bathing are done with sea water.
You can scrub your laundry on the cabin top and hang it on the Lazy Jacks to dry. There is an abundance of healthy food, fresh veggies and meat while in port with dry stores and tinned food to use at sea, but no refrigeration.
On Alvei there are no passengers. Everyone is crew and shares the same duties. There are usually 14 to 16 crew for the voyage north in April. Everyone is put on one of 3 watches with 4 hours on watch followed by 8 hours off duty. Everyone shares galley duty teamed up in pairs.
All maintenance, cooking, sailing and standing watch is shared by those on board who contribute a low monthly fee to cover food and supplies for the running of the ship.
Teamwork and cooperation are essential to working the ship. Less experienced people are placed with more experienced crew. You will have a chance to learn anchoring and docking procedures along with sail handling while underway. Ongoing maintenance includes jobs in provisioning, woodworking, steelwork, engineering and rigging. We learn professionalism in sailing and independence in maintaining the ship ourselves.
It is an uncommon treat to have a rolling deck under bare feet while standing at the helm with sails trimmed to catch the warm trade winds. Or to be on watch on a quiet starry night with the vast surface of the sea glittering in the moonlight. We anchor in tropical lagoons to enjoy the unhurried life of many different cultures; and sailing into the sunset is a regular event. Activities in port may include hiking, diving, snorkeling, exploring reefs, visiting with local people, buying local handcrafts, whatever is your interest.