Sometimes it can be tempting to explore mother nature’s hidden secrets. Whether you dream of seeing jewel-toned alcove beaches or travelling to remote quiet villages, these locations can be accessed via boat. Our search for places untainted has led to a rise in yachting and sailing holidays, with many purchasing their own boat for this luxurious treat. Yet, if you do plan on going on a sailing holiday, there are a few things you need to get sorted beforehand. Read on to find out more.
Choose a destination
Now, here is the fun part – choosing a destination. It is no secret that there are a wealth of places you can travel to by boat. From chartering it across the world to the turquoise oceans of the Caribbean, or exploring the sun-soaked Croatian and Greek Isles, there are plenty of beautiful gems around the world that are yours to choose from.
It can be hard when going on holiday to not pack everything you own. Do you really need a skincare ‘essential’ that you have used once? Or do you absolutely require 10 different pairs of shoes? You may be able to take this to your hotel, but on a sailing boat, you don’t have as much luxury – or space to store it all!
With this in mind, make sure you pack light, and pack for all weathers. You never know when a spot of rain might occur when out on the ocean – even in the height of summer.
Plus, it is imperative that you leave behind any expensive or precious items that you don’t need, like jewellery and watches. A quick slip overboard could mean that they’re lost forever in the ocean.
Stock up on food
Though you will be travelling around the world and exploring new cuisines and flavours, make sure your boat’s essentials are fully stocked at all times. Including olive oil, salt, pepper, tinned food, bread, soup and other items. If you are out at sea and you are peckish – there isn’t really much choice apart from the food on your boat.
Perform maintenance checks
Before any journey, you need to perform maintenance checks on your boat to ensure that everything is working properly, Make sure to check that you have stocked up and changed your boat oil as well as testing if the steering is working properly. The last thing you want is your boat breaking down in the middle of the ocean.
Another important thing to test is the boat’s hydraulics system, here at HP Hydraulics, our expert team are highly experienced in hydraulic marine repairs in Southampton and beyond. From steering systems to pipe repair, we can repair and replace any hydraulic parts on your yacht or boat. Contact one of our team today to find out more.