Things to Know Before You Go Sailing for the First Time

First time on a sailing boat? Three important things you need to know -  Book2Sail

Sailing holidays are trending right now, wth the global pandemic forcing families to re-think their plans – breaks in busy resorts full of other people are out, and sailing on your own private yacht or catamran, away from everything and everyone are in!  While sailing, you will feel the wind brushing against your hair and see the horizon at a distance, select your own secluded beach to moor up on, and then gaze at the night sky in amazement.

However, before you embark on your sailing trip, let’s take a look at a few crucial points to ensure you will have an unforgettable and incredible experience.

  1. Know Where You Are Going

Every destination comes with its own drawbacks and attractions. This can have an effect on the sailing experience. So, you need to know if you are headed somewhere far and if the water where you are traveling is generally choppy. With these details about the water and the area, you can plan out your trip in a better way.

  1. Think About the Type of Boat You Would Like to Take

First-time sailors should organize the three primary experiences they are choosing between. In case this is your first sailing adventure, bareboat chartering might not be a good option. This is because it will provide just the boat for the trip. You should go for a skippered charter if you plan for a small boat with a trained captain. However, a fun experience is going to be when you take on a crewed charter. When you do so, the only thing that you have to worry about is enjoying and the crew is going to take care of everything.

  1. Right Footwear Is Important

You might already know that the boat is going to get slippery. Thus, the shoes are the most important pieces of gear that you are going to need onboard. Sandals and rubber-soled shoes for the boat that will cover the toes are the best. These will help in preventing injury. Make sure that you don’t get street shoes as they are frowned upon. Moreover, keep in mind, black-bottom shoes might put a mark on the floor of the boat. Hence, it is better to stay away from them.

  1. Carry a Well-Thought Out First Aid Box

Make sure that you carry a first-aid kit with everything that you need. The basics of every kit are the band-aid, pain reliever, tape, and antibiotic. However, you should toss in a few extra when you are preparing your cruising first-aid kit. You should be prepared to handle everything starting from burns to broken bones. If you want, you can visit the adventure and outdoor stores that already have ready-made kits for the sailors. This helps in saving some time as you did not have to prepare the kit from scratch.