The weather is nice and you have a yacht, time to get on the water! Before you start sailing, it is important to check a number of things. Is your boat (technically) in order? Do you know the sailing rules? And do you have everything with you? We have drawn up a list, so that you know what to take with you while sailing and don’t forget anything.
Prepare yourself well and don’t be faced with surprises once you are on the road. Have a full battery and a full fuel tank. By looking at this in advance, you avoid major disappointments or annoyances when you want to leave.
What to take with you while sailing
Once on the water you can get (engine) problems. For safety, there are some things you should always have with you. What you need to bring with you differs per boat, so you need more with a yacht than with a (small) motorboat. The standard necessities for a day of sailing are:
- Boating license
- Registration certificate
- A life jacket for everyone on board
- Fire extinguisher of at least 2 kg
- Lighting (in the dark)
The best boat registration for your situation
A very important thing to take with you is your boat registration. So make sure your boat registration is valid and bring it along with you. A boat registration shows that you are following the law regarding operation of the vessel. Not all boat registrations are valid worldwide (all of the registrations that we offer are!), so make sure you check that out before you sail off. BlueWater Registration Services would be happy to help you find the boat registration that suits you, you can also compare our boat registrations online. BlueWater Registration Services is a company that offers a wide range of services to its clients concerning boat registration. Take a look at different yacht registrations or AIS & MMSI Service.
Cellphone and marine radio
Vital to take with you, are a cellphone and marine radio. You will need those things in case of emergency or breakdown, so it is important to know how to reach marine patrol, the police and the coast guard. Besides having a cellphone on board for emergencies, you can of course also use it as entertainment. Take pictures of the beautiful waters that you are sailing and keep in touch with your family and friends. Regardless, stay alert at all times, make sure you bring a charger for your cellphone and use it frequently. You might also want to install these handy apps for sailing that we sorted out and wrote a blog about earlier!
What is useful while sailing
In addition, there are also useful articles for when you go out on the water. Tools or extra fuel, for example, are very useful, but not mandatory. Here is a list of useful articles for a day of sailing:
- Extra fuel
- Mooring lines to moor
What to take with you while sailing for yourself
In addition to products for the boat, it is also nice to be well equipped for yourself. For this we have drawn up the following list:
- Drinks (you are not allowed to sail under the influence of alcohol)
- Cool box
- Warm clothes
First-aid kit and fire extinguisher
A waterproof first-aid kit that includes gauze pads, bandages, scissors, rubber gloves, cotton, antiseptic wipes or lotion aspirin and tweezers is essential. You never know what might happen and on the water help is not always close. That being said, besides having a first-aid kit on board it’s also more than useful to know how to handle it. Some other bare
- A boat compass
- Marine charts
- A tool kit
It is in all cases mandatory to have a fire extinguisher on board, so when you are learning how to use a first- aid kit, make sure you also educate yourself on using a fire extinguisher. Other safety requirements might also occur where you are sailing, so make sure you are aware of those requirements before you leave shore.
About BlueWater Registration Services
Please note that we are an experienced boat registration company with a service record of more than 10 years. We serve customers from all over the world. If you have any doubts, please read the feedback that we have been given by our satisfied customers. BlueWater Registration Services is a company that offers a wide range of services to its clients concerning boat registration. Take a look at different yacht registrations or AIS & MMSI Service. Our main business is yacht registration and nothing else. Feel free to get in contact with us. Our service staff is happy to help you with any questions.