If you are a beginner yachtsman, then these simple tips will help you ease your everyday life on a yacht. The tips will be obvious to the masters of yachting, but for a beginner in yachting they will be very useful!
Do not forget that before going to sea you need to know at least how a yacht works, its structure, the basics of cartography and meteorology. Yes, it already sounds threatening, but the information, in fact, not so much.
It is quite possible to master the entire basic theory in three weeks, a maximum of a month. During this time, you will have time to learn everything you need! When it's time to practice, you'll thank yourself for taking the time to learn. simple theory.
By the way, within the framework of this block, we remind you that you can take theoretical courses with us! Link “Sailing school Interparus” You can sign up for theory.
Embark on your first flight with a reliable crew
best theory is fixed practice. This is especially true of yachting and everything connected with it. The ideal option is to go to practice from the sailing school where you were trained after passing the theory.
So, in addition to familiar faces, you can feel real job in a team. A good option is to participate in any regatta or maritime festival. The most expensive option would be to buy your own yacht. Despite the high cost, this option is suitable for those who are so fired up with yachting that they dream of the sea.
Now let's move from more general advice to more mundane.
Buy only what you need
Banal, don't you think? And we'll tell you a secret that this often becomes a problem! There are a lot of advertisements around. In it, manufacturing companies claim that their yacht equipment is the best! And the essentials!
Our advice is to go sailing for a while on one's own and decide for yourself really need. In the beginning, get by with the basic kit, namely a boat with good sailing performance, a strong sail, reliable rigging and a suitable anchor.
Perhaps you decide that you do enough base set. And nothing else will be installed on your yacht. But it is likely that you will want to buy a newer chartplotter or some deck equipment ... In any case, you will already understand that specifically you need.
You will learn about how life works on board, how your yacht is set up, what your real needs are, and more. Some problems or shortcomings of the boat can only be noticed over time. Do not rush to empty your pockets and buy expensive trinkets.
Watch out for algae
If by the will of fate you went on a trip after a strong wind, rain or storm, then be extremely attentive when moving near algae. However, not only near algae, but also with any plants and objects (including plastic), which obviously should not be located in this place.
Wind or rain often blows branches off trees. for miles from where you can meet them. The problem with algae is that they can get hooked propeller or saildrive. Plastic can get into the seawater filter and the engine “get up”.
The weather won't wait for you
Absence clear timetable is one of the most difficult aspects of life on a yacht. It is worth understanding that haste will not lead to anything good. Most often, it is the rush that causes many problems.
It is necessary to understand and take into account that when you are on the water, then around much more factors that can interfere with a comfortable journey. Need to learn wait. This is especially true of the desire to get somewhere as soon as possible. If the current weather forecast indicates an imminent storm, then it is better to wait in a safe place.
Even in the most dangerous waters there is always a favorable wind, if only you have the patience to wait for it!
Keep plans flexible
When planning a trip, we take into account various factors. Among them: time of year, crew, yacht, expected weather conditions and the area we are going to visit, etc.
As the day of sailing draws near, we begin to monitor the weather systems more closely, hoping that the planned passage will succeed.
Often, novice yachtsmen begin to worry when, due to any problems they have does not work follow the previously planned route. And these experiences are often in vain! True awareness of this comes with experience.
It is important to understand that your speed depends on how flexible your travel plan is.
If you failed to pass today, then we wait tomorrow (see paragraph “The weather will not wait for you”). Is the direct route unavailable due to hazardous conditions? We can walk downwind of the island and avoid problems! You need to think like this and then any goal will become achievable.
Make your ace visible at night
Unfortunately, it is quite common to see (or rather hear) how people on dinghys move at night through busy anchorages. without any identifying marks. Let's just say - it is unacceptable! If at night you need to use the tuzik, then make sure that it was seen.
Reflective elements, lights, etc. All this can save your life, do not neglect the basic safety rules. Tuzik should be visible In the dark.
Do not forget equip your clothing with reflective elements.
Mooring is not a race!
This statement is true for all other points. When entering the marina, you may not have the best weather, and problems with the yacht after the cruise, or maybe you don’t have much experience yet.
It is best to enter the mooring and moor at a pace that is convenient for you. Not worth it look at others. It is likely that the guy who managed everything three times faster than you has been on a yacht for more than a year. Or maybe more than a decade.
Thoroughly check the yacht before going to sea!
It would seem that another obvious advice. But the devil is in the details. A full inspection of the yacht means COMPLETE checking all systems. There are no more or less important systems on board - yachts are equipped with the expectation that everything that is installed on them will be actively used.
Check cost everything - from the state of rigging and sails to the pump in the latrine. A sudden breakdown in the middle of a cruise, frankly, will not bring many positive emotions.
If you are still a complete beginner or think you need help, then do not be shy ask for help. It is more than likely that senior fellow yachtsmen will come to your aid and help out in a difficult situation.
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