Boating holidays have grown in popularity in recent years, boating is an adventure, and the open water represents freedom, so it is hardly difficult to guess why. That being said, it may be difficult to organise a sailing holiday for some people, especially those who have never done it before. Therefore, the success of any trip relies on planning. Read on for all the information you need to plan your trip.
Obviously, the first step in any boating holiday is securing the boat. The way you decide to do this will depend on your experience and your enjoyment of boating. For example, if you are a novice, then you could rent a boat for this trip. On the other hand, if you are an enthusiastic boater, then you may want to consider buying your own instead of renting. If you do decide to invest in a boat this summer, then TheYachtMarket can help. They have new and used boats that suit most budgets and preferences.
Sailing is a truly beautiful way to travel the world, and to get the most out of the experience; you need to think carefully about who is coming with you. You will be spending an awful lot of time together, and you need to be able to work together as a team to make sure the boat is running smoothly. When deciding who to invite, there are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help you choose:
- What is the boat’s capacity – how many people can the boat comfortably sleep?
- Does anyone know how to drive the boat? If you are an experienced boatman, you may not need anyone else with any specialist knowledge, but it would be advantageous to invite people who are somewhat versed in boating. If you or your guests don’t know what you’re doing at all, then you need to save a space on the boat and hire someone who does.
- Is anyone prone to seasickness? This can affect the choice in crew and also the choice of boat if you’re renting as some boats are more stable, meaning the people onboard are less likely to get seasick.
- What type of holiday are you planning? What is the vibe? You will have to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Where and When?
After confirming your crew, you need to decide the destination and the dates. Ask everyone about their availabilities and their travel preferences. Depending on the answers, the dates may affect the destinations that you can visit. Is the location easily accessible for everyone? Are the time slots and price of travel suitable for everyone? Although you can skip this step if your boat is at a mooring nearby. Create a group chat or something similar so that everyone can communicate easily without any one person having to act as the go-between.
Begin to list all the expected expenses for your trip. These could include things like travel, mooring or port fees, supplies and boat rental or staff if you are renting the boat or hiring staff. It would be wise to take into account when you are travelling because seasonality can affect prices greatly. If you travel in the off-season, you can save a lot of money, versus if you travel in the middle of the season, it can be very costly. With the budget roughed out, you can begin to estimate a price per head, and if this is agreeable to everyone, you can start to finalise bookings.
The Final Prep Work
The more you prepare beforehand, the more you can relax when you get there. Create a sailing programme including an itinerary, any route plans, stopovers, moorings or anchorage areas, where you will refuel and any other documents you may need. Try to create digital copies so that you can share copies with your crew. Shortly before you set off or a few days before, make sure that you have looked up the likely weather conditions that you can expect. Pack your case accordingly, and do not forget your license and passport. Do you have everything that you will need for check-in and check-out, such as an inventory, manifest and any necessary permits? Stock and plan your food and drink supply for the time you are aboard. Make sure that you have a safety briefing to hand to give to everyone when they arrive.
Most things in life require some level of planning to ensure success, and holidays are no different. This is especially true for boating holidays as they are often more removed from other people, so they carry a certain level of risk with them. Preparation helps to reduce the severity of these risks because you have planned for them. Remember, despite all the planning and prep work that goes into boating holidays, they are meant to be fun! So don’t forget yourself in all the planning and making sure that everyone else is catered for.