Whether it is the Great Barrier Reef, the tropics of Northern Queensland, or the Antarctic seas to the south, Australia has a lot to offer when it comes to ocean-style getaways. We all know that sailing is a beloved pastime, but aside from wonderful views of the water, sailing has been shown to improve agility, concentration and communication skills. More importantly, sailing has been connected to positive improvements in patients with mental health disorders.
Planning a trip on the open ocean takes a lot of work, and can sometimes ruin the trip before the boat even touches the water! To assist with your sailing adventure, and perhaps reduce the stress of planning, here are five ways to start preparing for an Australian open-sea adventure.
If you are already an experienced sailor, then this may not apply to you. But it is important to know what you are doing before venturing out on an open-sea adventure. Contact an experienced sailing instructor, or somebody who has been sailing for many years and ask for help.
Furthermore, it can’t hurt to get some practise days under your belt before setting off. Plan a day trip, perhaps lengthening it to an overnight sail, and see how you fare. If you are lacking in confidence, keep practising. You will become a savvy sailor in no time.
Research is an incredibly important aspect of planning an adventure. First and foremost, you will need to find out where you will keep your boat. If you are planning on having a base of operations, from which you will set out on little adventures, then look into boat moarings for sale in that area.
If you are taking a long journey, and making short stops along the way, then familiarise yourself with harbours or docks at which to keep the boat. Further, you will need to research into the weather conditions, and potential dangers of the area you are hoping to sail in. This includes regular storms, sandbanks or coral reefs to name a few. This will allow for you to plan your trip more effectively, and avoid any unhappy surprises.
Now that you have an idea of the hazards and weather conditions around the area you are hoping to visit, and have some experience captaining a vessel, you can begin planning! Determine how much food to take with you, how often you will need to top up your fuel (if your boat has a motor) and be ready with any travel documents you may require. Inform all passengers how much luggage they will need, and buy any missing items.
Make sure that you only pack the essentials, as space aboard a sailing boat is considered a luxury! Essentials include the expected, such as clothes, toiletries and other everyday items. More importantly, the safety equipment must be considered, such as life jackets and a GPS.
You should also have a well stocked first aid kit onboard at all times, just in case an emergency strikes. Emergency flares are a great idea too; remember, it is better to prepare for the worst than to arrive ill-equipped. Stopping by any boat supplies store will allow you to collect these items.
It is important to have the vessel thoroughly serviced prior to embarking on your adventure. There is nothing worse than having a vital element of your boat break during a trip, so it will be worth the extra money for a full service. Update old equipment, and fix anything that is broken. You will not regret it!
So there we have it, five ways to help you plan your Australian open-sea adventure. Stay safe, and most of all, have fun!