Trainee Faqs

Preparing for the journey of a lifetime.

How many pairs of socks should I bring?

I (a Tres Hombres sailor!) would bring a good number of socks – wool. That goes for all your clothes: make sure to bring at least a couple of pieces which are either fleece or wool, as “cotton kills”. Cotton (such as Jeans!) absorbs water and holds onto it, making you very cold for a very long time. You will always be colder on the water than on the land, so take this into account.

Even in the Caribbean, it can get quite chilly. Be sure to bring a light jacket for the night time, and long sleeve shirts to help block out the sun.

Remember, you are truly exposed to the elements when sailing. Be sure to read our recommended pack list here.

Must I arrange visa documents and vaccinations?

Yes. Visas, passports and documents for your travel are up to you to arrange. We recommend you to contact your consulate for accurate information. The captain will require these documents before you embark on board.

How should I pay?

By bank transfer. We do not accept cheques or card transactions in person.

What if the ship is early or late?

Our office tracks the ship at all times, and we are able to give you up to date information as the ship nears port. Please be aware that places and dates can change because of weather circumstances or cargo requests!

We recommend waiting until two weeks before your date of embarkation to solidify your travel plans.

If the ship arrives at the destination earlier, you can stay on board until two days before the ship leaves again!

How do I find the ship?

We will inform you where the ship will be berthed a couple of days before you arrive on board. You will get the captain’s phone number. He can tell you best where you can find the ship, if necessary.

Is there internet or phone reception on board?

When more than a mile or two away from shore there is no phone reception – and there is never WiFi or “normal” internet on board, although when in port the crew can often arrange a
marina internet code to have access on board.

The ship maintains contact with the mainland through a VHF radio system, and in case of an emergency situation, there is always a satellite telephone available.

Will I have a private room?

The Captain & Mates have private cabins; all other areas are shared. There are two double cabins on Tres Hombres, as well as a “focsle” which holds eight bunks.
Nordlys has a captains cabin and a cabin with 8 bunks.

How do I do my laundry?

While underway in colder climates (Northern Europe) there is not a way to wash clothes; these trips are shorter and the crew will arrange a laundry facility when in port.

In warmer climates, such as the Caribbean, the crew often swims or does their laundry on deck in barrels in addition to having a facility arranged in port.

Does the crew cater to food allergies or dietary requirements?

Vegetarian or even Vegan meals next to meat dishes are often considered as daily routine on board. The galleys on Tres Hombres and Nordlys are too small to make “high-maintenance” or “special” meals; with no fridge or running water, this would be unreasonable. Talk to us beforehand about any special requirements or allergies you may have.


The following items for your once in a lifetime adventure are required:

Warm and windproof clothing is always important. It can be very cold on a sailing trip, especially at night. Even in summer while in the Caribbean, warm clothing is required, such as wind- and waterproof jacket. You can get wet by spray, during scrubbing of the deck or simply because of rain or snow. Luckily enough this doesn’t happen too often in the Caribbean ;-)

Therefore, please consider rain or sail clothing (pants and jacket) as well. And while you’re at it, take waterproof shoes or rain boots as well. Make sure the soles are anti-slip to prevent accidents on a wet deck.

Valid travel documents (copy to be sent to our office)

☐ Valid passport (at least for another 6 months) or ID-card (please check on the other side of the id-card if it is valid for your destination!)

☐ Copy of insurance documents (liability, health care and travel insurance)

Clothing and toiletries

Don’t take all your clothes and please, leave your best white T-shirt at home; clothes tend to get dirty on board.

☐ Comfortable anti-slip soled shoes

☐ (Rain) boots or watertight shoes

☐ Sandals (preferably not open toed, no slippers)

☐ Enough warm clothes for every kind of weather
For instance: 3 sweaters, 3 pairs of pants, 4 T-shirts, 2 long sleeved T-shirts, 2 long underpants, work clothes (old pants, sweater and T-shirt or overalls), watertight jacket and pants, plenty of socks and underwear, swimsuit and towel, cap or hat, shawl, gloves.

☐ Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap etc)

☐ Sleeping bag

Other suggestions

☐ Camera

☐ Sunglasses and/or glasses (with a cord to prevent loss!). Spare glasses for those who need glasses!

☐ Sun Screen & a hat (very important!)

☐ Personal medication (in consultation with the captain)

☐ Music (instrument)

☐ Addresses of relatives and friends

☐ Pen and paper

☐ Your favorite candy or cookies

☐ Some photos of your relatives, pets etc.

☐ Bag- Because of the limited space on board, we recommend that you bring your belongings in a soft bag, backpack or weekend/sports bag. A hard suitcase takes up to much cabin space. Everyone has their own chest for storing clothes.

Tip: bring enough clean underwear!

☐ Pocket money You may want to buy things, send mail or spend money on other things when we’re in port.

☐ Do not bring valuable jewelry

☐ Medication or diet. Narcotics are not allowed on board. You may bring personal medication if it is accompanied by a medical statement. The ship’s cook always makes nice dinners but cannot always cater to special requirements. If you are a vegetarian or have other diet wishes, please let us know, so we can inform the cook.


Some people get seasick, others don’t. This often depends on the conditions the first day at sea. It helps if you are well rested when you board the ship and stay sober the evening before. Have a full breakfast before you go to sea. We recommend that you stay away from coffee if you know that you are sensitive to seasickness or start to feel nauseous.   

Contacting the ship in case of emergency

In cases of emergency the ship's agent - Tres Hombres Shipping - can contact the ship.
Inform your relatives of our phone number: +31(0)223-683 516 before you leave.