My first boat rental

Have you ever thought to rent a boat?

Rent a boat to sail with family or friends is extraordinary holiday insurance, away from traditional tourist tours to discover the cruise and its unique maritime world, preserved and enchanting. Here are some recommendations to buy your first boat with confidence.

Your skills:

Whether on a sailing boat, a catamaran or a motor boat, it must first ensure that you have the skills to rent the boat. A boat license is required abroad (as well as the restricted certificate to use VHF radio) but not compulsory in France for rent a sailboat or catamaran. However, you must prove your ability to maneuver the boat through a nautical CV. A hand layout of the ship can be issued by the landlord on the day of boarding if needed to become familiar with the boat and its equipment before letting you take off.

A skipper:

If you do not have enough experience, you can obviously get on your boat with a professional skipper who will be in charge to handle the boat and all navigation (route, weather, mooring, & hellip;) so that your crew makes the most of his trip. Sailing with a skipper is also an effective way to discover the moorings and interest areas of the region. Count between 150 and 200 € / day for the services of a skipper, depending on the country and type of boat.

A crew of trust:

first rental boat, crew prefer sea legs, in which you trust and that will adapt to the pace of life on board and carry out the orders of the captain. You'll be more comfortable when from some of your teammates know reefing or offend the mainsail.

A suitable destination:

Choose your first cruise destination where navigation is easy (few reefs, low current and low tides) and the mild weather. No need to brave the Raz de Sein! The Mediterranean (Corsica, Croatia, French Riviera, & hellip;) or the Caribbean is therefore well suited for a first rental experience. Also plan a rather short route, with nearby bases and avoid night navigations. Obviously forget to check the weather regularly & hellip;

A meticulous inventory:

After meeting with the head of the base, you have to make an inventory of the boat. Do not hesitate to make a call for service if needed and if available. carefully check the condition of course sails, but also the safety equipment (vests, flashlight, flares dates & hellip;), guidance materials (maps, guides, compass & hellip;) and fittings. Also check the battery charge, Weigh the gas cylinder, start the engine and also test than schedule. Know that if you neglect the inventory, the lessor is entitled to ask for compensation if it is missing hardware landed because it will be based solely on the initial and final inventory of the boat. Part of the crew can meanwhile devote to refueling the boat in the surrounding shops and supermarkets.

The fuel tank is usually done (check anyway) but do not forget to fill the water tanks before casting off.

Getting Miles & hellip;

Once at sea, make a point with the crew on basic maneuvers, maneuvers in case of danger or man overboard & hellip; Your team members will be able to be more responsive and benefit involve. A good dialogue is essential to the success of your cruise and agreement among all. Start your cruise with a short sail, downwind, to test the boat and check that there are no nasty surprises to indicate in the inventory. It is recommended once carried grip, then going as fast at the farthest point, then back quietly and not be late to return to base. It is also preferable to provide a backup route and shelter in case of damage subite.Il only remains to wish you a lovely cruise, surprising and responsible When your first location done, you will have at heart to discover new navigation basins, on boats more efficient. The experience will follow, pleasure and so sharing your experience with other future shipmates

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