Yearning to Yacht – How to Get Your Start as a First-Time Sailor

Yearning to Yacht – How to Get Your Start as a First-Time Sailor

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There is nothing quite like the sound of a yacht cruising through the open water. The wind billowing, the sails flapping, and the sight of looking out beyond the horizon. Sailing has a unique charm that anybody can appreciate. Turning that appreciation into a passion or hobby is another adventure entirely. If you are looking to make sailing more than just an enjoyable once in a lifetime, then consider these simple tips to get your start as a first-time sailor.

Find the right vessel

Sailing is as much about your skills as it is the vessel you choose to set forth upon. Deciding on your vessel can be difficult, but luckily there is plenty of information available to help you get started. The first step is looking at what motor yachts are for sale. Make sure when you start your search that you have an understood budget and a list of must-haves. It is important that you don’t compromise on the features you want, this is no small investment after all. Keep an eye on the market and do some research by looking at all the options available. Try not to get too wedded to one vessel, instead allow your head to make the decision and not your heart.

Proper paperwork

In most states across the country, it isn’t necessary to have a license. But it is necessary to have the right paperwork. For your yacht, this will include registration, insurances and any other documents you require to moor your vessel. It’s important as a first-time sailor that you heed the advice of a more experienced yachtsman. It is likely they will know the traps to avoid when organizing all of these documents and sailing insurances. Before you hit the open water, make sure you are fully prepared and covered should the worst happen.

Get some experience

As a first-time sailor, you may have some understandable nerves and will want some experience on another vessel. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Head down to your local yacht club and either check the notice board or ask around. There will almost always be one or more captains looking for a good crew member to help chip in. Using an experienced captain’s vessel to help you learn and grow is a great way to get started. Not only will you avoid any unfortunate mishaps in your own yacht, but you will learn valuable skills to take onto your vessel when you’re ready.

Go back to school

If the more hands-on approach of learning doesn’t do it for you, then perhaps do some research and find a professional course to enroll in. Many yacht clubs offer a schooling program to teach both the theory and the practical skills required to become a sailor. If you find that you learn better by reading, listening and then doing – perhaps this is a better path for you. Most courses will offer a range of topics and cater to different skill levels. Finding the right course is about doing some research on providers and their backgrounds as well, so don’t just go for the first one you find.

Becoming a first-time sailor is really as easy or as hard as you would like to make it. In the end, it boils down to your confidence. You can learn by doing, simply purchase a yacht and away you go. Or alternatively, you can take a short course or get some experience on another captain’s vessel to help build your skills and confidence.

This is a collaborative post. MinaSlater.com sometimes allows collaborators to submit posts which may be helpful to its readers. Any post on this website not written by Mina Slater will be labeled accordingly. Thank you for supporting our collaborators, we hope you enjoy this post.

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