Imagine this: you go on a sailboat charter in the San Juan islands, and you want it to go smoothly. People experienced in such a thing will hardly find that an issue. For those starting out, though, it’s a different story.
So how can you ensure that your sailboat charter goes smoothly? Fortunately, you can make the most out of your trip by following these helpful tips.
Learn More about the Islands
Travelers and locals alike are amazed that the San Juan Islands seems to be a place out of time. There are little villages scattered throughout the islands, with nary a franchise store in sight. Sailing amongst the islands, you will marvel at the beautiful vistas, and more than likely spot Orca whales and other marine life in the waters. There are a lot of sights to see in the San Juan Islands, and taking a charter boat is the best way to see them all. Your captain and crew will happily point out particular sights and share local lore.
Be a Boy Scout
Remember the old Boy Scout motto: always be prepared. To that end, have necessary items with you during your trip. If you are chartering just a single day trip, a comfortable weather-proof jacket and sunglasses may suffice. For overnight charters some may want to additionally bring four sets of underwear and five comfortable shirts to be able to change quickly if needed. The water is rather chilly, but if you sail into a peaceful lagoon, the water can be significantly warmer, so bathing suits could also be on your list.
By law, life jackets will be provided for everyone, and some charters also provide foul weather coveralls for some thrilling sailing. Check with your charter service.
Think Charter Rather than Camp
You might think of an overnight charter as similar to camping, but it is actually a lot nicer. The crew will be cooking your meals, but it never hurts to stowaway a few of your favorite snacks. The salt air and sailing activities does seem to wet one’s appetite.
Listen to Safety Briefings
Although safety briefings may seem boring, they’re there for a reason. Safety, after all, is a prime responsibility that every responsible charter boat’s captain and crew take very seriously. Pay attention to safety briefings, especially tips given by the crew involving life jackets and life rafts.
Support Conservation Efforts
Sailing on a charter boat can open your eyes, and even give you a newfound appreciation, of the natural resources and beauty of the islands. That’s why you might want to consider supporting local organizations that work to protect the area. Showing your support to organizations can go a long way to conserving the natural beauty of the islands in the future.
Plenty of other advice for sure. The important thing is for you and your companions to enjoy every moment a sailboat charter in the San Juan islands can bring.
Insider’s Guide: 7 Pieces Of Expert Advice For First Time Charterers, boatinternational.com
Frequently Asked Questions, visitsanjuans.com
How to Charter Green, Sail Magazine