Ten Marine Commandments
1. Hire a sailing catamaran.
The heel (side rolling) of the catamaran, compared to the sailing yachts (mono-hulls), is much smaller, which positively affects the stability of the vessel and highly reduces the chance for wet and slippery board. The catamaran is about three times wider than the mono-hull vessel what ensures a good space to relax and lots of household and technical additional benefits.
2. Choose a suitable sailing route.
Check in advance which routes are appropriate for your first sailing, focus on shorter tracks and calm waters.
3. Don’t take too much clothes. Looking back, you'll find out that you mostly used your swimsuits.
For your safety and comfort we recommend you pack your luggage in soft bags that are more compact and easy to store. The clothes which you will need is desirable to be both comfortable and from different type – for warm and cold weather, at least one windproof jacket or a top, at least one pair of trousers with long legs. For ladies – a comfy sundress or two will work great (this does not eliminate the content of the previous sentence). Shoes should be non-marking and flat-soled, flip flops will be also great. Your sun hat and sunglasses are not only a nice accessory, but also a needed one. Sunscreen creams and lotions, insect repellent and lip balm is also recommended to be present in your luggage. As for medicines and bandages - everyone has a '' mandatory content '' of his personal first aid kit, which usually travels. But apart from these "traditional" medicaments, it is better to take - just in case - medicines against seasickness, anti-allergic tablets or cream, fast-acting remedies against gastrointestinal disorders, patches and ointment against skin burns or inflammation.
4. Hire an experienced captain/ skipper.
The choice of a captain/ skipper is of great importance for your safety and your good mood during the whole trip. Choose an experienced captain/ skipper who knows the best places to berth, local conditions and specifics of the sailing areas.
5. On board the Captain is THE BOSS.
Listen to the captain! He knows the best the vessel, the sailing area, weather conditions and the places for fun. You can trust him 300 percent!
6. Do not worry about the sea-sickness – there are two options – 1. it will catch you; 2. It will not catch you.
Let's go back to Commandment No. 1. If you follow it, the chance to feel uncomfortable is very small. Sometimes there may be stronger excitement combined with wind. If you are experiencing discomfort, you could use the medication from Commandment No. 3.
7. Keep your phone from a sudden urge for a swim.
As long as the boat moves, and you move, sometimes things on board have their own idea of movement. Make sure you put them in a safe place.
The same applies to our children and pets.
8. Keep your head and arms from the mast, the ropes and all known and unknown mechanisms on the board.
For example, part of the standard equipment of the sailing catamaran is the boom. This is a horizontal spar attached to the lower end of the mast. It is very likely for a person to think that the only reason of the existence of the boom is to hit the head of the passengers.
9. Always ask the Captain!
If you are not sure how something is working on board, if you have any problem or question, ask the captain, he is your best friend on board.
10. Have fun!
Life is a journey – enjoy!