Are the days of summer calling you to the water? In case you are feeling adventurous, you can try your hand at sailing. There are few experiences that are more liberating than cruising on the water with the horizon in the distance. If you take time to learn, it can be a rewarding and healthy hobby.
If you want to sail, there are a few things that you need to know before you embark on this trip. Let’s take a look at them…
- Know the Place You are Going
Each place comes with its own set of drawbacks and attractions which can have an impact on your sailing experience. Thus, you need to know about the place that you are heading to. Get familiar with its weather. You also need to know how the water in the area is. When you learn these details, you will be able to plan out your sailing trip pretty easily.
- Decide on the Type of Boat
If you are a first-time charter, you should know that there are three main chartering to choose from. First is the bareboat charter but it is not suitable for newbies as it will only provide the boat for your trip and not the other materials. Second is a skippered charter, which can be an option, as these are smaller vessels having a seasoned captain. However, the best is the last options which are a crewed charter. This will enable you to have an enjoyable experience and don’t have to worry about having fun as everything thing is taken care of by the crew.
- Get the Right Footwear
You might be already aware that boats are slippery. Thus, shoes have to be the most crucial apparel that you carry on board. In order to prevent injury, you should opt for sandals covering your toes and shoes with rubber soles. Street shoes and flip flops are not a good idea. If you wear black-bottom shoes, you need to keep in mind that it can leave a mark on the floor of the boat. Thus, it is better to avoid these.
- Carry a First-Aid Kit
Make sure that you have a first-aid kit on board. The basic things that it should contain are antibiotic, Band-Aids, pain reliever, and tapes. You have to carry some extras in your kit. It is necessary to be prepared for all types of misfortunes starting from sickness to broken bones. You can visit the outdoor adventure stores to get your kit. This way you will not have to build a kit from scratch. Get acquainted with what everyone requires on board to ascertain that you have everything you need.
- Get a Compass, Map, and GPS
Surely, GPS is the best navigation tool that you can have. At present, these come in-built in all smartphones. However, it is better to keep a GPS and a compass on board. This will enable you to avoid any confusion when you experience technical difficulty.
Sailing is something that you need to respect and enjoy. Since this is your first time, don’t try to sail it all by yourself.