Tips on extended boat trips

10 point plan for an extended boat trip

 

  1. Be realistic. Assess carefully which destinations are within your cruising capability
  2. Chart your route and research it using any available guides/ references. Make sure you have the appropriate navigation charts.
  3. Check for any documentation required for you and your crew or your boat eg visas, cards, proof of insurance etc. Advise your insurer of your plans.
  4. Quantify fuel and provisions required and availability enroute together with stop off berths where you can re-supply.
  5. Brush up your navigation skills and check equipment. Maybe take a refresher course to hone your skills.
  6. Ensure that your vessel is mechanically and electronically sound and capable of making the trip.
  7. Check all safety equipment, including first aid, spareparts and equipment and that you have adequate water and fuel supplies. Provide for emergency back-up.
  8. Ensure you have an engine spare key – and keep it separately and securely.
  9. If single handed, please inform your insurer as there may be restrictions.
  10. Monitor weather forecasts well in advance and be prepared to change plans if bad weather threatens.
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