The safety and enjoyment of your sailing vacation requires some preparation. Use the list below, and determine in advance what the sailing charter company will supply and what will be necessary to provision:
Travel & Charter Documents:
Safety & Navigation Equipment:
The charter company should supply required(*) safety equipment. However, before leaving port, it is necessary to double check that all required and recommended equipment is present and in working order. Additional items provide an additional level of preparation for the unexpected.
Tool & Repair Kit:
While your vessel should be in good general working order, unforeseen issues may occur. An on-board tool kit can save time and frustration, by allowing onsite repairs versus returning to port for repairs. Portable marine tool kits can be found online. Here’s the list of the most important tools:
First Aid Kit:
All sailors should bring first aid kits in preparation for both minor and major injuries. Pre-made kits can be purchased online. When choosing a kit, determine the number of people on board, the length of journey, and distance from medical care. Examples of such kits can be found here and typically include the following items:
When inspecting the charter, be sure to examine the boat’s standing and running rigging – including the lines, sails, forestay, backstay, shrouds and mast. Check the gasoline motor, to ensure functionality, fuel levels, and ventilation. Check Engine oil and coolant level, look at the condition and number of anchors, docklines and fenders. Inspect the overall cleanliness of the boat, ensuring clean towels, bedding, and heads. Give the charter company an idea of your itinerary and when you plan to return to port.
Follow given instructions and you’re all set! Happy and safe sailing! 😀