How To Prepare Your Boat For An Awesome Sailing Holiday

Jul 1, 2014 by

How To Prepare Your Boat For An Awesome Sailing Holiday

Now that it is summer, many people’s attentions will be turning to holiday ideas. Flying away to an exotic destination is an attractive one for many people. But a growing number of people prefer taking to the open seas in a yacht!

And who can blame them? Flying isn’t for everyone, and there are more downsides to flying than there are to sailing. Are you thinking of sailing away soon? If so, this handy guide will show you how to prepare your boat for an awesome sailing holiday!

Supplies

It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to sail for a couple of days or a couple of months. You need to ensure that you have the right supplies for your sailing adventure.

Depending on your requirements, the supplies you might need could include:

  • Cooking and cleaning equipment;

  • Tablet computer, such as the Apple iPad;

  • Toiletries, such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant and so forth;

  • Clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions;

  • Maps and communication equipment like VHF radios and mobile phones;

  • Emergency equipment, such as life rafts, vests and flare guns;

  • Fishing equipment, such as rods, bait and storage boxes.

It also goes without saying that you will need a lot of food and drink on board. You should stow away all supplies.

Tank levels

Ensure that your fuel and freshwater tank levels before you sail. You must also make sure that you have enough reserves in case of any emergencies.

Engine and battery checks

As you would with a car, carry out an inspection of your engine and batteries. These checks will flag up any problems that you can resolve before you set off for your ocean adventures.

It is easier to check for problems by land, and also to get supplies from firms such as Butler Technik.

When you are at sea, you should always perform daily engine checks. Make sure that you know your location at any given time in case of emergencies.

Sails and lines

For the most part, you will be relying on your sails to propel you out at sea.

You should make sure that you stow all sail covers and that you prepare your sheets and furling lines. You can then hoist your sails when you need them.

It also goes without saying that you must install the ensign on a holder at the stern.

Instruments

All navigation equipment, including VHF radios, need to be present and correct! Make sure that you remove all equipment covers, and check that everything is working.

You will also need to carry out a radio check, so that you can communicate with the outside world when you are at sea.

Clothing and life jackets

It can get quite cold when you are sailing, so be sure to take some appropriate clothing with you. Even if the weather is hot during the day, at night you could end up shivering in the cold!

Finally, make sure that you have plenty of life jackets and that all crew members are wearing them at sea.

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Vacations That Everyone Should Experience Once In Their Lives

Apr 2, 2014 by

Vacations That Everyone Should Experience Once In Their Lives

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The annual vacation is the reason most people endure dull jobs for what seems like eternal days. No matter how miserable things get during their working year, they always hold onto the knowledge of the annual vacation creeping ever nearer. The style of holiday often changes as people get older, and for good reason; gravity seems to weigh a little heavier on older joints. The first vacation without parents on tow may be a boozy trip to the spanish islands, but for some, a more challenging trip is desirable.

Let’s take a look at vacations everyone should try to experience, at least once in their lifetime.

Adventure Holidays

For someone in their late teens and twenties, an adventure of a lifetime may be attractive. Some holidays are ideally suited to students taking a gap year. Ideas can be found at www.theleap.co.uk and many other sites online. The gap year is an important time in a young person’s life and most try to make the most of it by spending their time travelling; experiencing, as much of what the world has to offer, as they can.

There are many adventure holidays available, here are a few suggestions:

  • Mountaineering

  • Tall Ship Sailing

  • Jungle Kayaking

  • Paragliding

  • Skiing

  • Trekking

Of course, there are many more and perhaps you existing passions will guide your choice.

Cerebral Holidays

If you have an interest in history and archeology, there are many exotic places awaiting you. These holidays are ideally suited to people approaching middle age, who look at the world a bit differently than the youngsters.

Egypt is a favourite destination thanks mainly to the discovery of the tombs in the valley of the kings. Only when standing at the foot of the Great Pyramid Of Giza can one truly appreciate the scale of the project complete by ancients who were not far out of the stone age. Here is found the Cairo Museum of Antiquities that houses many of the priceless artifact that were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Perhaps you would like to walk down the perfectly preserved avenues of Pompeii that was frozen forever in time when it was buried by rock and ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The voids left in the solidified ash after the bodies of the victims decayed, have been filled with plaster that was then freed so that we can see those poor people in their death throes.

Experience The Waves

For the older generation, a cruise is a marvelous experience. Sleeping in luxury cabins and enjoying fine food as the ship glides through the ocean gives a relaxed feeling that other holidays find it hard to compete with. There is entertainment in lounges throughout the ship, so people are never bored, and the crew treat the travellers like royalty. There is a doctor on board most ships so holidaymakers can always be assured they will be well cared for.

The cruise will obviously call in many ports that will have interesting and exciting places to explore. Excursions to these attractions are often within the cost of the cruise, so it is better to let the experts guide you than to find your own way, sometimes.

Of course, these suggested holidays are only attractive to people of a certain age range generally speaking. Everyone is free to explore the world in their own way so keep an open mind when you next book your holiday and when you are old you can remember the time you were there. Auf Wiedersehen.

 

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Here’s My First Timers Guide to Going on a Cruise Holiday

Mar 27, 2014 by

Here’s My First Timers Guide to Going on a Cruise Holiday

Cruise holidays had never appealed to me in the past. Instead, I opted for land holidays to places like Majorca, Lanzarote, the Costa del Sol, and other places like that. Now, while I always enjoyed myself on these holidays, I was limited to the places I could visit and the activities I could try. I soon realised that more and more people were going on cruise holidays every year, so I thought it was about time I joined them. I read somewhere that one in 3 cruisers say they will never go on holiday on land again, and I must say; I totally agree! I’d never set foot on a cruise ship until a few months ago, when I decided to bite the bullet and try it out. It appealed to me mainly because you only have to unpack once, yet you get to see a variety of different places and have lots of choice…cruisers swear that you never get bored. You can relax when you like, take a shore excursion, have a spa treatment – it sounded like paradise to me!

In my opinion, cruising is suited to everyone, because there is literally a cruise to suit everyone. By simply taking a look at Cruise1st.com.au, you’ll see just how many options there are out there for all tastes. You can tailor your holiday to suit you, hand pick your own adventures, and even save money by choosing an all inclusive cruise. There is an activity for all ages on board, so the whole family can go along with you.

Why I Think Cruising is Awesome

As you travel the world, everything is right on your doorstep. You have entertainment, from dancing shows to karaoke, there’s delicious food serving delicacies from around the world (my first cruise even had a celebrity chef on board!), the champagne lounge was a wonderful place to relax after a hard days sunbathing, and I even enjoyed having a pint in the English style pub.

I didn’t participate in the TV game show games, but I did have a go on the surf simulator – and it’s made me want to try the water sport for real! If you’ve ever wondered what surfing would be like, try the simulator – you shouldn’t miss it.

My ship even had a world class spa on board full of lovely therapists, all very knowledgable about the treatments they offered. They recommended two great treatments for me: a back massage for my aching shoulders including essential oils and hot stones, and a facial using products specially matched to my mature skin. Afterwards, I felt like a brand new woman, and if I was floating on the ship. I was so relaxed, and I noticed an improvement in my shoulders and skin straight away – definitely worth the money. I decided to treat myself one day when everyone was out exploring, but I felt a little off kilter that day (I think it was due to all the sunbathing). I simply wanted to relax, and I happened to bump into one of these lovely therapists who recommended my treatments. I’m so glad I did!

Although I did have to pay extra for my spa treatments, nearly everything else is included in the price. I thought it was excellent value for money. By simply comparing the price of my cruise to a land holiday where you’d have to pay for flights, transfers, food, accommodation, and activities separately, I realised that a cruise was not only very easy on my purse, but also such great fun. This is the moment I converted to cruisism (a new religion I made up) and decided to join the other cruisers forever – no more land holidays for me, thank you very much!

I feel as if I can’t say enough positive things about my experience. It really blew me away. I travelled to multiple destinations, packed and unpacked just once, saw sites I would never have saw otherwise, ate tasty food from different regions, caught the most amazing suntan on deck, and one night I even fell asleep in Australia and woke up in Fiji! Who else can say that about their holiday?

Every single member of staff on the ship outdid themselves, making sure they went that extra mile just to keep me happy. I was never without a drink, always asked how my meal was, and always had everything I needed. One day I felt a little seasick (rare on a cruise, but I get extremely travel sickness/motion sickness), and the staff made sure I had some complementary medication – it did the trick. You can tell that the staff truly enjoy their jobs, so they were a joy to be around.

There were children on the cruise, and although you might think that this would have been a downside for me, it wasn’t. They were all well behaved, and the cruise line had plenty of facilities for the children to enjoy while their parents were out sunbathing. I hardly saw them most of the time, so if this is something you’re worried about, don’t be.

I was actually very surprised at the sheer amount of choice I had when it came to activities. One day I went rock climbing, the next I went ice skating.

I also realised the sheer amount of myths people spread when it comes to cruising. There are so many false claims! Cruising isn’t just for old people, and it’s definitely suitable for younger people. There’s no way you can be bored – the ship is like a giant amusement arcade with something for everyone, a deck where you can catch the sun and sightsee, and the chance to go on land and sightsee up close. Although I got a little seasick, I was fine after taking the complementary medicine – I think I was the only person on board to feel that way! You get plenty of time to explore the different ports too.

I thoroughly recommend cruising to anyone considering it. You’ll be glad you tried it!

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