There is nothing like hitting the ocean on a bright sunny day. If you are lucky enough to own a boat of your own then you know how fun sailing can be. If you are fortunate enough to have friends who have invited you, then it is important to know a little boat etiquette.
These are some simple little rules for your next sailing excursion.
1. The skipper is always in charge. His/her rules are the ones to follow. Each skipper has a set of rules no matter whom you sail with, and their rules should be adhered.
2. Bring a small gesture of appreciation. Usually this is in the form of food. There is a custom-the captain brings the boat, while the crew brings the food and drink. Before bringing food, remember to keep it simple. There is a lot of work to do on a boat so bring food that is easy to eat.
3. Offer to pay for fuel. More than likely, since you were invited, the captain will decline but it is good etiquette to offer.
4. Wear appropriate clothing. Keep in mind that this isn’t a fashion show so leave those high heels at home. Clothing should be sturdy and utilitarian. Boat or canvas shoes will suffice, and remember to pack warm clothing. Pack them in a soft-sided bag like a duffel when not wearing.
5. Do not drink. Becoming inebriated can lead to a host of problems and many safety issues. Moreover, most of us exhibit a less than desirable image when drunk. Drinking is for bars not a boat.
6. Memorize all safety precautions. You, crew, and the captain’s life may depend on it. The captain has many other tasks to consider. Having a crew member who understands how to avoid a potential problem is one less worry for them.
7. Be considerate. Remember, it is an honor to receive an invitation to someone’s boat. Respect goes a long way.
8. Finally, enjoy yourself. There is nothing more invigorating relaxing and enjoyable as sailing on the open seas. Reap the reward of the experience offered to you, bask in the sun, and enjoy.
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