Sail with a beautiful piece of maritime history as classic brigantine Florette offers a hands-on experience, taking you around the world from Italy to the Caribbean, Scotland to Portugal.
Florette is the last active, originally built brigantine in the Mediterranean and one of the last wooden windjammers that are still actively sailing. After nearly 50 years operating as a cargo ship and a world war, she was discovered by the Haynes family at the end of the 70s, lovingly restored to a charter vessel and returned to her original condition.
She still remains in the same family, sailing and exploring the Mediterranean, Scotland and the Caribbean. From week long island hopping around the Aeolian islands to Atlantic crossings and winter sun sailing in the Caribbean, she certainly has something for everyone!
Over the past 45 years, Family Haynes has been faithfully restoring and maintaining her charm with her traditional rigging and still set all her sails by hand. As she was built to carry over 200t of marble deep sea, her construction is twice as strong as compared to a normal ship of her size. She is constructed with double oak frames and up to 13 meters long, 14 cm thick ironwood planks (azobe). Her topsides are built in the finest mahogany. She was originally launched in winter of 1921 in Italy as a pure wooden sailing ship with no engine to serve as a cargo ship.
Now, she has been equipped with the latest safety standards in accordance with EU guidelines for historic charter and sailing school ships and approved for deep-sea navigation. Below decks she has a combination of twin and triple cabins, authentic hammock bunks in the saloon or even take your chances and sleep on deck beneath the stars!
- Number of guest berths : 22
- Number of bathrooms : 4 toilets with 3 showers & 1 deck shower
- Cabin configuration : 5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins, 4x hammock bunks
- Smoking policy : In the outside smoking area.
- Port of Registration : Valletta, Malta
- Year built : 1921
- Length overall : 40m
- Draft : 2.8m
- Sail Area : 600SQM
- Number of Sails : 15
- Rig : Brigantine
- Crew : 6
Are all meals included?
It varies between voyages so please check each individually. Most are Half board (breakfast & 6 meals - a combination of lunch or dinner) Some voyages are Full Board (breakfast, lunch, dinner & hot drinks).
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please ask at the time of booking.
Are there any added extra's?
There are water and waste fees which require bringing board cash. A breakdown of this will be within your ticket/booking. Soft drinks & alcohol can be purchased onboard with an honesty bar.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins.
Is there a porthole in my cabin?
Every cabin has a large deck hatch.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
4 toilets with 3 showers & 1 deck shower.
Is bedding included?
All bedding is included but towels are not. If you would like to sleep under the stars on deck, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag!
Is there a hair dryer on board?
No, please do not bring one. The sea breeze makes a great natural alternative!
Will I be able to wash my clothes?
Not on week long voyages but on longer crossings it is possible.
Is there heating/air conditioning onboard?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but very much appreciated.
What language is spoken onboard?
Is there WIFI?
No! It's time to disconnect from the modern conforms and reconnect with nature! When within shore range, you should be able to reach 4/5G. Please make sure you have international roaming set up on your data plan.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, please bring 2pin European adaptors
What is the currency on board?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Are there any water toys?
Yes, Florette carries Kayaks and SUP's for guests use - a buoyancy jacket must be worn.
Do I need sailing experience?
On her week-long voyages, no - just a love for adventure! On her Ocean crossings, some previous time on the water is recommended.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
Is there an age limit?
No min. age technically -but ideally 5+ with sailing experience. Over 70's must provide a medical certificate . For Caribbean voyages - it's 60+ Children go free when under 12 and sharing with adult parents in one cabin.
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