The long-awaited week of charter vacation in the sun quickly becomes a nuisance when small defects on the boat interfere with everyday life on board. No more running water, the engine gets too hot too quickly, the anchor windlass doesn't make a sound? The actually logical consequence: Call the charter company, wait for a mechanic, have the damage repaired. But that usually takes at least a day; the trip planning for the short time is ruined. Wolfgang Stuis, who runs a berth charter company, is also familiar with the process and the associated annoyance on all sides.
"On the one hand, you often wait a day or more for mechanics and spare parts outside in the area, and everyone on board is annoyed. But above all, a successful repair makes you a better skipper. You learn something about the boat, your fellow sailors are happy and appreciate you more, and maybe you have averted even greater consequential damage! " - Wolfgang Stuis, Stuis trips
Up to seven yachts with guests sail the season under Stuis' care. Which inevitably results: There is hardly any damage or repair imaginable that Stuis, as a hobbyist, has not already done himself. In the meantime he offers courses on his ships in Croatia in which skippers can try out more possible damage and repair than they will ever get to know in a normal charter life. This means that the tips can also be useful for owners.