Life on board

There are around fifty deckhands and twenty-five of the professional crew on board Götheborg. The deckhand crew consists of a mix of people from all age groups, geographical origins, level of experience and interests. Everyone contributes in their own way with their unique life experience from professional and private life, whether you have sailing experience or not.  

What do I need to bring along when joining the crew for this great adventure?

We work according to a three-shift system where the deck crew is divided into three watches (teams) who share the 24-hour schedule. Each watch team works for four hours and is then off for eight hours. During your watch you will be assigned different posts, for example: being at the helm (steering the ship), standing watch or going on safety rounds (walking around the ship to see that everything is okay). You will also help to cook in the galley (kitchen). Life on board also means a lot of everyday chores such as cleaning and washing.  

Curious how life on board will be? Take a look at our movies about our previous sailing adventures! 

Clothes & Personal Belongings

Please note that all your belongings must fit inside a locker of the following dimensions (20x30x70 cm), bag included (foldable bag). We will provide you with working clothes, rainwear (not rubber boots), traditional 18th century clothes and a climbing harness. You will also get to keep two Crew t-shirts.  

Sleeping Arrangements
When joining the ship, you will sleep in a hammock or a bed. You will be provided with a blanket and pillow and you will be able to store your personal belongings in a locker.

There are two washing machines and two dry tumblers on board for you to use together with the other trainees in your watch, usually once a week.

The ship has a modern electric pantry and a 21st century galley. Good wholesome food is provided and there is no need to bring any personal rations. Special dietary, except for vegetarian, gluten- and lactose free meals, can unfortunately NOT be provided.

Toilets & Showers
The ship has manual marine toilets. There are freshwater showers on board but they must be used sparingly as the ship has limited fresh water capacity.

To Pack

  • Passport

  • Sleeping bag and a sheet or bed set with sheet, duvet cover and pillowcase (blankets and pillows are provided)

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • T-shirt

  • Shoes (for example dark shoes with laces)

  • Warm underwear

  • Warm knitted hat/cap

  • Towels

  • Personal care/Toiletries

  • Sun glasses

  • Sun screen

  • Sheath knife

  • Small torch

  • Padlock (preferable with number combination)