Helpful Tips

Help for Seasickness

Thank you for booking your trip with us, we really want you to have a great day sailing with you. The quickest way to ruin your adventure is to be seasick, believe me when I say even people who have been out on boats before can always run the chance of being seasick when they least expect it. For this reason we STRONGLY recommend you take some medication before you sail. Take half a dose the evening before and half the morning of your sail, waiting until you get here is useless and does not give your system time to absorb the medication. You really don’t want to be “that seasick person.” This also works if you are car or air sick. Please make sure to check first with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it is safe for you to take any of the medications listed below, especially if you are taking any other medications or have any medical conditions or are pregnant or nursing.

Here are our tried-and-true seasick suggestions.

  1. Scopolamine: For the hard core “I always get sea sick” and “I get car sick a lot” people. This remedy is also referred to as “the patch” and can be obtained by prescription from your doctor. It looks like a little round Band-Aid and is worn behind your ear. There are a certain percentage of people who have adverse side effects to this medication. I highly suggest that if you’re using this remedy for the first time, try using one at home first. You don’t want to find out that you have an adverse reaction to this stuff when you’re several miles out at sea.
  2. Bonine ® or Dramamine® (Both of these come in non-drowsy and kids formulas) Bonine is the best pill form, over the counter remedy. Highly recommended! There’s little to no side effect to Bonine. If you can’t get Bonine, then Dramamine is the next best thing. You will need to get either medicine working in your system well in advance of your trip. The biggest mistake people make with pill form remedies is that they take their first dose either right before or right after stepping on the boat. That’s too late! Seasick prone people usually throw up these pills before they can take full effect. I highly recommend taking half a dose the night before your trip and the other half in the morning when you wake up. I know that’s not what it says to do on the box but trust me on this!
  3. Sea Band ® : These are pressure point therapy wristbands. Most people discount this remedy because it “sounds” like a gimmick. They work! There is also an electronic shock version but the non-electric ones work just fine. The nice thing about this remedy is that they can be added along with any of the other remedies without conflicting with them. Many drug stores carry these bands as a cure for morning sickness.
  4. Ginger: That’s right. Plain old ginger root. You can get this stuff in pill form, gum, candied, raw, powdered, as a paste, dehydrated, in cookies… well, you get the idea. Ginger settles your stomach quickly and, just like with Sea Band ® , ginger can be added along with any of the other remedies without conflicting with them.

Just one more note. Some people have a tendency to “over do” a good thing when they’re on vacation. Don’t get drunk the night before (hangovers are even worse out at sea) and get a good nights sleep.

Thank you,

The Captain and Crew of the Nathaniel Bowditch