Things to consider when chartering a sailboat
Simply Life Charter does barefoot charter, that is boat rentals without skipper. Therefore it is necessary that someone in the crew have the appropriate qualification and, above all, that they possess necessary experience. The latter is fundamental as a unique experience quickly can turn into a nightmare. Do not hesitate to hire a skipper from us if you have any doubts about your capabilities, since an incident at sea is one of the most unpleasant and undesirable situations to face.
DO NOT PLUG THE TOILET
As a general rule, we never force the pumping mechanism or throw anything into the toilet that has not previously gone through the stomach. Do not throw toilet paper, cotton, hygiene products, etc in the bowl. As these products end up clogging the toilet Simply Life Charter will have to penalise you with compensation for damages and delays caused for the next charter. The toilet is an important element on board.
CHECK ON WATER CONSUMPTION
In a boat the fresh water is scarce and very precious. It is preferable to consume it in moderation than to have to enter a port to refill the deposit for the time and money this entails. A tap left open will empty the deposits…. We always use bottled water for drinking and cooking, leaving the water in the deposit for the personal hygiene and the washing dishes.
DO NOT WASTE ELECTRICITY
If you do not want to find yourself without being able to start the engine following a night at an anchorage, be cautious with electricity usage. Although the batteries are checked before leaving the base marina, they can completely empty themselves losing their capacity of recovery. It is important that at least three times a day the engine is started to recharge the battery bank. Whenever at anchor put the switch selectors for engine and windlass batteries in the off position.
BE CAREFULL WHEN ANCHORING!
Anchoring in sand is much more effective than in rock or seaweed. In sand the holding power of the anchor is better and there is no risk of the anchor getting trapped. In addition it is advisable to release as much chain as possible, taking into account the swinging radius of the boat so as not to disturb any other boat or ending up stranded. And, of course, do not leave the boat anchored without a person on board. Nobody likes to stay on the boat while others go ashore, but when a boat loses its holding power it can end up in the rocks meaning disaster as most insurance companies do not cover accidents involving unmanned boats.
FOOD ON BOARD
- Think of food easy to prepare and eat; pasta, salad, ham, nuts, etc.
- Avoid products going bad quickly (meats) and bulky ones (melons).
- Do not carry drinks in glass containers, nor in 2 litre bottles. Buy mineral water in 1.5 litre bottles (calculate 2 litres/person day) and the rest of drinks in aluminium cans.
- Never cook in bathing suit as sudden boat movements can easily cause burns.
- Always advise the person in the galley of an approaching wave, even at anchor in a quiet cove (a jet ski passing near the boat can produce a wave sufficient to spill what we are cooking).
- Never leave anything unattended on the cooker.
- Maintain special care with children.
Do not bring roller bags or rigid suitcases, only sport or travel bags that can be folded and stored. If you bring roller bags or rigid suitcases we recommend you leaving it in your car.
LIFE ON DECK
- Do not wear shoes with black rubber soles and avoid using city shoes on board. It is advisable to wear beach shoes or sandals to protect your toes, especially when performing manoeuvres.
- When coming from the beach with sandy feet and towels we remove all sand it before getting on board. There is an exterior shower on the boat for such use. Likewise, we avoid getting water inside the boat to prevent possible slipping.
- If we use sun screens we always apply it being on a towel, otherwise we will convert the deck into a skating rink.
- When entering port the deck should be as clear as possible to facilitate mooring manoeuvres following the instructions of the skipper.
Prepare all manoeuvres sufficiently in advance not needing to improvise and losing the nerves at the last moment.
- If there are neighbours nearby and we are anchored in a cove, do not wash the dishes or use the toilet.,.
- When we go to shore with the inflatable boat and the outboard engine we avoid to pass close to other boats or people swimming, especially during peaceful hours due to the disturbing noise.
- A basic requirement on all motor boats, sailboats and catamarans is keeping all things organised, both in the interior (personal belongings in common spaces, dishes to be done…) and on deck (creams, towels, cameras…).
- It is advisable keep everything in its specific place to easily find things, avoid falls and breaks.
ALL BOATS SUFFER FROM REPEATING AND SMALL TROUBLES
Do not create a chain of complaints, conflicts and claims with port employees, charter companies, charter agencies, etc. They are there to help you and do not act in bad faith, so if a complication arises request it with affection and education. Understanding and patience and you will get a better, faster and more efficient response from professionals.
TAKE CARE OF THE SAILBOAT AS IF IT WAS YOURS
Remember that at check out the Simply Life Charter will deduct any damage you have caused from your deposit.
What I shouldn’t forget
- Solar protection.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Have a clear and established route in advance, subject to possible meteorological variations.
- Small medical kit for daily use with aspirin and balm for jellyfish, etc.
- Nautical shoes (white non-marking sole).
- Crew documentation.
- Title of nautical qualification.
- Cloths for cold and wet weather.
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