How To Prepare Your Boat For An Awesome Sailing Holiday

Jul 1, 2014 by

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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