Just in the same way you prepare for any other trip on land, it’s also very important to be able to prepare well before you go out at sea. In fact, the stakes are usually greater at sea because if you get lost or run out of fuel in the deep seas you are more or less screwed! As a matter of fact, getting lost on land, pales in comparison to getting lost at sea.
I will take the opportunity through this article to share with you a couple of ways to prepare before going out to sea.
Here are 5 ways to prepare before going out sailing.
1 Plan your trip in advance
When it comes to sailing, planning your trip basically entails familiarizing yourself with the waters where you intend to go sailing, the prevailing weather patterns, the general behavior of the waters, your distance from the closest emergency response team and also any past incidents that may have been reported on those waters. You want to ensure that you have all the necessary information that will enable you be able to anticipate any likely scenario.
2 You need to have the right apparel
Depending on where and why you are going out sailing, it’s very important to have the right apparel with you. For starters, depending on the weather, you must ensure that you have warm and waterproof clothing, your shoes must have really good grip because it may get slippery, and you may also need something to cover your eyes in case it gets too windy. It’s also a good idea not to leave behind your scuba diving clothing and equipment.
3 Ensure that you carry enough food
It’s rather obvious that you need to carry food when you go out sailing the only challenge is that you never really know how much food you need to carry. It’s always a good idea to carry sufficient food depending on the period you intend to be at sea and then some. You must always carry extra just in preparation for any emergency situations.
4 Ensure you have waterproof zip sacks
When out in the open seas, there’s always a real possibility that you may end up in the water. It’s therefore a really good idea to be prepared for such instances. One of the best items you can carry are water proof zip sacks which come very much in handy when securing your electronic equipment and other clothing items.
5 Don’t leave behind your navigation equipment
Whereas modern boats will always come with inbuilt navigation equipment such as GPS, compass, maps and so on that are linked to the boats on board computer, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup. It’s therefore a good idea for you to carry with you portable navigation equipment such as a compass, a satellite phone, a GPS because they may come in handy during emergency situations.
Boat trips are meant to be fun and exciting but it’s always a good idea to operate on the side of caution. Just because you carry emergency equipment doesn’t mean you’ll have to use them. It’s just a great idea to always be prepared.
I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.