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06 Feb 2023

Sailing Tips for the Start of the Boating Season

Sailing Tips for the Start of the Boating Season

Get ready to sail into a fantastic boating season with these essential tips. As the sun emerges and winter fades away, it's the perfect time to prepare your boat for some unforgettable adventures on the water. Here are some valuable suggestions to ensure a smooth start to the boating months ahead:

  • Give your boat a thorough spring cleaning, from bow to stern, ensuring it's fresh and ready for the season. A clean boat is not only visually appealing but also helps maintain its longevity.

  • Conduct a comprehensive inspection of your boat and trailer, addressing any issues or damages you come across. It's crucial to ensure that everything not only appears fine, but also functions properly.

  • Create a plan outlining the essential tasks you can handle yourself, and schedule any major repairs that may be required. Prioritise your time and focus on tasks that truly matter.

  • Prior to setting sail, don't forget to service your boat's engine. A well-maintained engine guarantees a hassle-free experience and prevents unexpected breakdowns during your trips.

  • Stock up your fridge and cupboards with all the necessary items for your boating excursions. Having provisions readily available ensures a comfortable journey on the water.

  • Stay organised by updating your boat's chartplotter using your home's Wi-Fi network. This way, you can save time and ensure faster updates compared to relying on 3G connections while on board.

  • Safety should be a top priority. Take the time to inspect and verify that all required safety equipment is on board and in good working condition. Don't forget to service your life jackets annually, as advised by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

  • Fuel your excitement by making a plan of all the sailing or cruising destinations you dream of exploring this season. It's thrilling to set goals, even if you don't achieve them all. The journey itself is a rewarding experience.

  • Most importantly, savor the joys of boating! Embrace the freedom, tranquility, and exhilaration that being on the water brings. Enjoy the company of friends and family, discover new horizons, and create unforgettable memories.

With these tips in mind, you're all set to make the most of the upcoming boating season. Get ready to embark on extraordinary adventures and embrace the joys of life on the water.




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