First time on a sailboat: what you need to know
10 Jul 2017
First time on a sailboat: what you need to know
The very first time on a sailboat is an amazing experience made of good and mixed sensations and real emotions. It is a unique opportunity for a break, a “hit and run” weekend or a perfect relaxing holiday, but remember: as soon as you will join the crew on the sailboat what you wish will come true.
Each sailing holiday is perfect to reconnect with nature, the body and your real needs, those for which there is no space in the city’s life. New friendships, naps in the sun, a book that makes you dream, but above all the discovery of moments of great emotion that for the first time you will live on board: a sunset aperitif, sweets notes of magical guitar under a starry sky, or just sitting at the bow for a while to hear nothing but the sea and the wind in your hair. No frills! The true beauty and the real wonder is to go back to the basics of life: a bag containing only few, useful and practical things, minimizing the extra things as well as your traveling companions, friendships for life or few days, but with whom you will share an unthinkable intimacy.
First time on a sailboat, sailing tips
For your very first time on a sailboat we have compiled a short list and a basic glossary of useful useful sailing terms that may be indispensable as well as a useful checklist to pack your bag.
Otherwise, if you have some doubts about your sailing abilities don’t worry, practice makes perfect and an adventure on a sailboat is within everybody’s reach: from the sports fans, that love to steer the ship or those who prefers a delightful sun tanning, to the avid readers and sea and wind enthusiasts. There is room for anyone. The few things that you need to know are:
There is a sailing holiday for every budget and ability
The good news is that you don’t have to be rich as the popular Scrooge McDuck or as the champion Giovanni Soldini to sail. Sailing isn’t exclusive as you think: you don’t have to wear a blue blazer, a bed is always included and the sailboat travels with the wind. Finally, if for you it the first time on a boat, stay sure that with the experience you will learn to better head up or bear away every time.
This is truly important as well to be open minded to every situation that may arise and the new friends that you will meet. There are no standards schedules and anything could happen, as, once arrived at the port, to prepare and cook spaghetti for the crew.
What should you wear on a boat?
Depending on the holiday, you will need different clothes and no matter what the forecast says, be prepared for all weather conditions, both cold and windy. Put something warm in your bag, as a jacket and bring the right luggage, the space into the boat is restricted. If you are wondering what your bag should contain take a look at: How to pack for a sailing trip, a useful checklist
Bathroom, shower and sea sickness
This is a top 3 list about on which exist scary stories.
If it is your first time on a sailboat you will discover that the bathroom is called “head”, there isn’t a button to pull the water and is very little as the shower that most of the time is open air so you can wash yourself during a beautiful sunset. But don’t worry, sooner or later there always will be a habor that will welcome you. Anyway you will like your new wild lifestyle, drying your hair with the wind. Regarding the seasickness there are some tips that can help: sitting on the gunwale and following the best remedies such as solid or salty foods, positioning at the boat’s wheel. As a very last resort you can take medicines as Travelgum or Xamamina.
First time on a sailboat, myths to dispel
The first time on a boat and a holiday adventure of this kind is amazing but we know that a lot of people say “I would love to try it but”, ending their days on crowded beaches sunbathing on the sea browning in a uniform way both the side A and B. In any case to avoid any doubt we wish share one or two words more to the future sailors!
What if the boat is pretty small !?
Well, yes, the boat offers a limited space, literally, but if we look at it from another point of view, also unlimited. What do you think about the horizon, the sea, new limits and knowledge? Yes it can work but remember, the new sailboats for holidays are very big e spacious, therefore many people, board on the sailboat for the first time, asks “How big is this?”. Believe us, on a sailboat you can read a book in absolute tranquility, as well as chatting … from morning to …morning.
What happens if I don’t get along with anyone?
Definitively there is good chance. Meeting new people for the first time on a sailboat implies that we will like someone and it is quite probable that will happen the contrary.
The good news is that all will seek the agreement. Everyone wants to spend a nice holiday and if someone is not cool he/she will be. Maybe thanks to the beautiful things that will surround you during the holiday.
Finally it is all true: on the sailboat you will meet new friends, the old connections will be strengthened, you will enjoy each moment having fun, totally immersed in the sea life as no other holiday. The smell of the sun, the taste of the salt on the skin, the most beautiful sunsets, dances, songs, sports, delicious dinners and if it isn’t enough if you are a single soul there is the possibility to fall in love, have you ever thought about that? Suddenly in the mood to leave? Browse the proposals published on Sailsquare!