Yachting might seem only a hobby and a simple sport but when you are in open waters and vast blue sea, you might not be in safe hands. Therefore, you need to be very vigilant about your safety and should be well equipped with many important belongings.
These belongings include life jackets as the first and foremost priority. Secondly, you need to have rubber-soled shoes. These shoes avoid slippage. Next, you need to carry bad-weather clothing with as well in case of rainfall, storm, or any such condition. There is also a need for basic medicines that includes pain killers without sedation and muscle relaxants. Other than that, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and hair bands can also make your life easy while yachting. We also recommend you to keep all these belongings in a water-resistant backpack. Your backpack must be handy as well so that you can carry it easily. Such backpacks will help you to protect the water-sensitive technology like cell-phones and cameras. Moreover, do not forget to take plenty of water as well as food items with you on your yachting trip. By following these simple and easy guidelines, you can have an amazing and pleasurable yachting trip.
Do not forget that the obligatory boat equipment also depends upon the type as well as the size of the boat you are taking on your yachting trip. However, as a general rule, you need the following extras with you:
- An extra line
- A tool kit containing the basic spare parts
- Enough fuel
- A compass
- Anchor and anchor rode
- One boat hook
- Fire extinguisher
- A flashlight
- Navigation lights
- One radar reflector
- One VHF radio
- A knife
- First aid kit
- A radar reflector
And any other safety equipment that you wish to take with you.
While yachting, you also need to be very careful with certain things. Don’t stand on the sheets and ropes and don’t wrap them around your waist or even your hands. It is better for you to hold onto something solid at all times. When it comes to yachting and sailing, there is one quote that is very popular among the enthusiast:
“One hand for you and the other for the boat”
It is also unwise to carry a wallet or phone in your hand or pockets as you may end up losing such items overboard. It is vital to get acquainted with yachting terminology. By having command on some of the main terms, you will get a chance to ease your communication if you have companions with you during yachting. Following are some of the main terms that are used in yachting and sailing and as a beginner, they will help you:
- Bow: It is the front end of the boat and it a common and important term used in both yachting and sailing.
- Port: It refers to the left side of your boat or yacht.
- Windward: It is the term that refers to the direction in which the wind is blowing. It is an important term for judging the direction of the wind.
- Boom: It is a horizontal spar that determines the movement of the yacht. It depends upon the direction of the wind as well.
- Tacking: It refers to the basic maneuver of turning the bow (or the front end of the boat as mentioned in the first point) into the wind.
- Jibing: It is the opposite of tacking and it refers to the turning of the yacht’s stern through the wind.
Overall, as a beginner, you need to use your common sense as well other than following the mentioned guidelines. Remember that safety always comes first and by following certain rules and regulations, you can have a pleasant yachting experience. Moreover, also don’t hesitate to ask for help from other people who are yachting enthusiasts. Different people have different experiences and hence their advice might be of great help. Lastly, don’t forget to have a great time as yachting is all about fun and relaxation.
Fun Fact: Bloomberg is counted among the top ten countries that have superyachts. In first place comes the United States of America with around 158 superyachts. After that comes Italy, France, Spain, and Greece.