Find Adventure with Sailing Vacations
you're looking for an adventurous and safe way to
enjoy yourself, consider sailing vacations. With a
variety of locations and packages, sailing vacations
call to the explorer in everyone.
Sailing vacations are offered in such diverse spots
as the Great Lakes, Maine, the Caribbean and India.
No matter your inclinations, you should be able to
find a location that will call to your soul.
Sailing vacations can be as luxurious or as spartan
as you wish. With no sailing experience, you would
need a crewed boat. Even with experience, you may
want the freedom to just enjoy the breeze as you
glide over the water, without having to worry about
making the boat do that gliding.
you're experienced and enjoy the challenge of
sailing, then a barebones charter may be the thing
for you. Barebones is a boat that is fully supplied
with everything you need except a crew. Sailing
vacations using a barebones package will be a bit
more work and less pricey.
What if you want the barebones experience but have
never set foot on a sailboat? Many sailing vacations
are offered with lessons, so that you can become
certified or at least experienced enough to take out
your own boat. If you enjoy sailing, this may be the
type of gift to yourself that just keeps on giving.
Other options include sailing vacations that provide
the crew but invite guests to work alongside them,
handling the sails and riggings.
So, what can you expect with sailing vacations? What
should you take? What costs will there be? These
questions vary from company to company. Be sure to
look for information about food. How is food
handled? Who provides it? If this is a crewed ship,
does the crew cook? Do you have a responsibility for
feeding them? Sailing vacations will be much more
fun with a full stomach, especially if you know in
advance who is expected to do the cooking.
Make sure you find out before your trip what
clothing is appropriate. While sailing vacations in
the Caribbean will likely be much warmer than some
other locales, being on open water may be
significantly cooler than you'd expect.
Other questions to ask of the outfitter or sailing
company include how many people will comfortably fit
on the boat? What are the sleeping accommodations?
This is important to know. If you aren't getting
enough sleep, it may ruin your sailing vacations.
What facilities are there? How do you take care of
waste? While these are very basic questions and not
something most people want to think about, knowing
ahead of time will help ensure all your sailing
vacations are fun, not drudgery.
What emergency procedures are in place in case of a
problem? While the likelihood is nil of a company
letting you sail out with the threat of a hurricane,
Mother Nature likes to shake things up once in a
while and sailing vacations aren't immune. Is there
more than one radio? How many batteries? Life
preservers? Flotation devices? Emergency rations?
No, this isn't the most enjoyable topic when
considering a vacation, but it's one that is vital
to your continued good health.
Finally, be sure to compare companies at
or a similar site when looking at sailing vacations.
Look at professional and former client reviews, find
out each company's safety ratings. While you may not
want to pay top dollar for your adventure, neither
do you want a bottom of the barrel company if it's
not one with a good proven record.
matter what option you choose, sailing vacations can
provide the adventure of a lifetime.
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