Sailing across the San Juan Islands is an exciting way to be closer to nature. It provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and lets you recharge and “disconnect” for a while. However, you can’t just go on a sailing adventure without preparing yourself for the experience.
To ensure a fun and hassle-free trip, there are factors to keep in mind when getting yourself ready, especially if you’re a first-timer.
Adjusting to a New Environment
A boat offers an unusual environment that your sense of balance may not be used to experiencing. To keep the vessel from disorienting you, be aware that for the first few hours you will be adjusting to its movements. Relax into how the boat sways through the water. While using any stepladders and narrow corridors, simply make use of all available handrails.
On the first day of your trip, try to acclimate to the waterbound world. Especially familiarize yourself with safety procedures so that you can relax and enjoy your sailing adventure like a true sailor.
Planning the Itinerary
When hiring private San Juan Island charters, you get to determine the destinations and timelines between stops. While a skipper can guide you on the itinerary, it is good to have a few ideas in mind before you and the skipper create a plan. Make the most of your vacation by researching sites around the islands that intrigue you. This will save time especially if you decide to change your plans spontaneously during your adventure. Having considered several options beforehand help make it an enjoyable vacation at sea.
Because a sailing schooner houses a limited cabin space and narrow access points, bring only what you need. Avoid bringing huge luggage cases. Among the necessary items you should not forget are non-slip footwear, a hat, clothes for cool evenings and some fashionable yet sporty apparel for visiting coastal towns and their attractions. Also bring personal toiletries, medicines, a camera with its chargers and cables, as well as sunscreen.
Considering all these when preparing for your sailing adventure will make the experience fun and more relaxing. Remember that problems and hassles come up during vacations only if you don’t bring the right items or if you didn’t plan well. So, before you board your boat, make sure you have completed your checklist.
The First-Timer Sailing Checklist, zizoo.com
Packing for Your Adventure Cruise, cruisesafely.com