Here Are 5 Ways To Prepare Before Going Out Sailing

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.

Happy sailing!

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Here Are 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Sailing

Sailing is undoubtedly a very fun and life changing recreational activity that I would recommend to many. After years of sailing, I recently found out that sailing happens to have some really tremendous health benefits. This probably explains why I haven’t been in to see a doctor for years, except the dentists.

Let me share with you a couple of health benefits I recently found out can be enjoyed from sailing.

Here are 5 amazing health benefits of sailing.

1 Sailing is really good for your heart

This hasn’t been scientifically proven but I can confidently say that I have never come across a regular sailor who died of a heart attack. This is supported by the fact that sailing offers really good support to your cardiovascular health thereby decreasing chances of hypertension and heart diseases because taking part is sailing can be equated to taking part in an intense workout session that promotes extensive intake of oxygen which is good for your cardiovascular system.

2 Sailing promotes better mental health

Did you know that salty air actually promotes more oxygen intake into your body? Well, now you know. The next time you are out at sea you had better take in that warm salty air because it’s good for your mental health. Generally, when your body ingests more oxygen, it makes its way to the brain thereby increasing the production of serotonin which is known to trigger feelings of happiness. The happier you are, the better your mental health.

3 Sailing will boost your concentration

Sailing is a task that will require a lot of multitasking because it entails a lot of moving parts. You have to be checking the weather, observing sea conditions, reconfirming speed, checking depth and so on, at the same time attending to the needs of those on board. Having to do all these has tremendous benefits to improving your concentration.

4 Sailing makes you a better communicator

Whether you are the captain of the boat or a crew member, as a regular sailor you will realize that with time you are a better communicator. This is because the task of ensuring that a boat stays on water involves a lot of team work and communication both verbal and non-verbal. When you do this a lot you become better at reading cues therefore making you a better communicator.

5 Sailing makes you better organized

Sailing requires a lot of precision and attention to detail if it is to be done successfully. If you sail regularly and have to ensure that you maintain the proper bearing, the proper depth, the proper speed and so on, you will realize that even when not sailing, this is a quality that you will apply in other aspects of your life.

These benefits that you gain from sailing will end up boosting your overall health because they are directly linked to healthy lifestyles.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!

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5 Navigation Equipment Your Boat Should Always Have

The need for having the right navigation equipment on your boat can’t be overemphasized in fact I believe this is something I have mentioned in couple of previous articles that I have shared. What I would like to add is that thanks to modern technology, this equipment is readily available and much easier to figure out because they are predominantly computer driven.

As long as you have the right basic training, then figuring out how to make use of this equipment will be pretty straightforward.

Let’s therefore take a look at 5 navigation equipment your boat should always have.

1 You need a radar system

When out at sea, it’s always very important to be able to tell the position of your boat in relation to the position of other ships at sea, other floating objects as well as distance from land. A good radar system will enable you have all this information. Most modern boats will come with an in built radar system but it’s also possible to have one installed if you boat doesn’t come with it.

2 You need a gyro compass

Gone are the days when navigators had to rely on magnetic compasses to figure out directions while out at sea. These have been replaced by gyro compasses which are much more reliable when it comes to finding the true North. For starters, they are not affected by external magnetic fields like their magnetic counterparts and therefore their ability to accurately plot direction is not affected. It’s however a good idea to also have your magnetic compass with you just as a backup.

3 You need a reliable autopilot system

Similar to the purpose they serve in airplanes, autopilot systems are also very necessary for boats. The reality is that depending on the distance you are sailing, it may not be practical for you to keep steering and making all the navigational adjustments because exhaustion may cause you to make mistakes. With a good autopilot system, your boat can be able to do this work with the aid of onboard computers.

4 You need an LRIT (Long Range Tracking and Identification) System

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommends that all vessels out at sea use the LRIT system which is essentially a technology that enables the identification as well as tracking of vessels in any part of the world. This is especially important when it comes to assisting vessels in distress. As part of your pre-sailing routine, always make sure that this system is fully functional.

5 You need an echo sounder

There are instances when you may have to sail on waters where you are not sure what the depth may be because you are not familiar with the terrain. This is where an echo sounder comes in handy because this piece of technology uses sound waves to determine what the depth of water under the boat is. This is a very handy piece of technology that will reduce your risk of hitting objects below the sea line.

The beauty about many of these systems is that they are all integrated into the boats onboard computer therefore feedback is transmitted back to a dashboard that is relatively easy to read of course with a little bit of training.

All in all, these technologies may be good for navigation but it doesn’t hurt if you also take time to learn the old tactics. It’s always a good thing to have a backup.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!

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The Top 3 Boat Sailing Safety Measures

When it comes to sailing, safety can never be overemphasized. There’s so much that is required in terms of preparation and precautions to ensure that you have a safe trip especially if you intend to sail on deep waters. Therefore, before embarking on any sailing escapade, there are a number of checklist items that you must ensure you satisfy.

In this article, I will take you through the top three boat sailing safety measures you must prioritize before getting to sea. These are applicable regardless of the size of the boat that is regardless of whether it’s a small boat, a yacht or a large vessel.

Here are the top 3 boat sailing safety measures.

1 You must have a good understanding of weather patterns

Before embarking on any boat ride out to the sea, you must either ensure that you have a very good understanding of weather patterns or at minimum have someone with you on the boat who does. This is because when at sea, many sailors will say that the weather changes in an instant and is very unpredictable but the reality is that if you know how to identify the signs and slight changes in the weather, then you will be able to comfortably predict sea conditions.

2 You must always have the right equipment

Whether your boating escapades are for recreational purposes or for business, there is a number of equipment that you must have on your boat as a minimum. In fact, this happens to be a maritime regulation that has to be adhered to. Some of the right equipment includes communication, navigation, safety, first aid among others. It’s not just enough to have this equipment but you must ensure that they are of approved standards.

3 You must have proper training for emergency situations

Many things may happen while on the sea from one of your sailing mates getting sick or injured to encountering very heavy waters. It’s therefore a good idea to have the proper training to ensure that you are well prepared to handle such emergency situations. The reality is that many of these emergencies may not often occur but when they do, it will serve you well to be adequately prepared to respond.

It’s important to note that these are not things you will have figured out on your very first sailing trip therefore don’t put too much pressure on yourself to figure it out fast. Take your time and gradually build on these skills and within no time, they will be on your fingertips. When it comes to sailing preparedness, perfection will often come from doing it enough times.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!

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4 Tips On How To Prepare Before Sailing On Icy Waters

I am pretty sure most of us have watched the Titanic and we are very well aware what ice can do to a vessel on the deep seas. Well, winter time is usually among the most treacherous times to sail because of the presence of icy waters.

It’s however noteworthy that with proper preparation, training and patience, sailing on icy waters can end up being a piece of cake.

In this article, we are going to look at 4 tips on how to prepare before sailing on icy waters.

1 You need a really good insurance plan

This is not meant to dampen your mood but the reality about nature is that even the very best can get caught out. You may have the best ship, the best training and a load of patience but nature may end up getting one over you. It’s therefore important for you to always be cognizant that your vessel or any other item on the vessel may be exposed to higher chances of damage when sailing in icy waters. This is why it’s very important to have a really good insurance plan. Ensure that you have clearly understood the terms before signing on any dotted line.

2 Stay on top of the weather updates

During icy weather it’s very important to stay on top of weather updates so that you are fully aware of what the conditions are on the waters you are sailing on. As a best practice, other ships will also always give a report of conditions they encounter through open channels so you should make it a point to regularly listen in for any information that will be of benefit to you. Be sure to subscribe to available online platforms that offer meteorological information as well.

3 You need to exercise utmost patience when navigating icy waters

If you are a person who values speed over safety then you have no business sailing on icy waters. It’s very important to be patient and sail as a very reasonable speed if you are not sure about possible icebergs on the water. Some of these icebergs are always mobile therefore depending on the size of your vessel if you are going too fast you may not have sufficient time to avoid hitting them.  The speed that you use must be very accommodating for any sudden maneuvers that you may need to make.

4 Ensure that you have sufficient supplies

When sailing on icy waters delays are usually inevitable because of the unpredictable conditions of the water. It’s therefore a good idea for you to anticipate such delays and ensure that you have sufficient supplies during your journey. These supplies will include fuel, food, water, medical supplies among other equipment. It therefore never hurts if you pack extra supplies because they will definitely come in handy.

There are of course many other precautions such as having the right safety gear, lifeboats and life jackets, flares and so on so be sure to embark on such journeys when you are properly prepared. Most journeys will always go smoothly but you must always be cognizant that emergency situations do occur.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!

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Here are precautions to take when navigating in heavy waters

One of the most interesting, thrilling as well as scary aspects about sailing in deep waters is that things can change on you in an instant especially if you don’t know how to check the signs. Sometimes you may have the signs right but you are in too deep to do anything about it. Sailing in heavy waters is therefore inevitable.

Through this article, we are going to look at precautions you can take when navigating in heavy waters. I trust you will enjoy the insights.

Here are 4 precautions to take when navigating in heavy waters.

1 Stay on top of weather forecasts

Thanks to technology, weather forecasts are usually done and shared in real time by the meteorological department and this data can be accessed even while on the deep seas. It’s therefore a good idea for you to be sailing on a ship, boat or yacht that has the proper equipment to receive this data. Staying on top of weather forecasts becomes very important because it allows you to see the movement of the winds and you can use this data to safely navigate out of the storm.

2 You must secure all the openings and lose items

When you find yourself in the middle of heavy waters unexpectedly, you must hurry up and ensure that every opening as well as lose items on the vessel as well secured. Ensuring that windows, doors, vents and so on are secured prevents water from sipping into the boat whereas securing lose items prevents injuries from items falling on people in the vessel as a result of the rough movement of the vessel. It’s a good idea to have fasteners and lockable units pre-installed in designated areas where lose items are likely to be.

3 Always ensure that the captain’s orders have been effected

If you are in a vessel together with a team, it’s always a good idea to always ensure that every order that the captain has given has been effected by the crew. The reality is that the captain may have given orders to adjust speed and course but out of the confusion and panic brought about by the heavy rocking of the boat, these orders are not properly effected and this may end up having dire consequences.  It’s therefore a good idea to have a number of redundancies set up to ensure there is limited breakdown on communication.

4 Ensure that everyone on the vessel is accounted for

In the confusion, panic and rush to take all the necessary safety precautions, some of the crew members may end up getting themselves in dangerous situations that lead to injuries or being thrown overboard. It’s therefore a good idea to have a system for ensuring that everyone on board is accounted for at all times and if there is need to offer any medical or rescue services to a crew, there is a team in place well trained for it.

Prior to getting out at sea or even during the trip, it’s a good idea to carry out regular drills to simulate some of these emergencies so that your crew gets to practice and perfect their response as well as response time during actual emergencies.

All in all as you take these measures, always ensure that you transmit this storm warning on an open channel so that other vessels can receive early warning.

I trust that this has indeed been an informative and life changing article.

Happy sailing!

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