Time spent on a luxury boat around Sydney is the stuff that life-long memories are made of. One of the most exciting things you can do with your boat is to head offshore. To make your first time offshore a resounding success, you need to be well prepared. As Sydney’s leading boat broker, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience we’d love to share so here are our top five tips.
Know your boat
Knowing your luxury powerboat may sound like an obvious recommendation, but we cannot emphasise it enough when it comes to safe boating in Sydney. Familiarity and experience with your vessel will make the difference between your first offshore journey being fun or stressful.
If you have purchased the luxury boat of your dreams recently, it is only natural that you would like to get out on the water as soon as possible. But before you go, be sure you are truly ready.
One of the most important, yet most easily overlooked considerations is fuel. It sounds almost too obvious, but you need to know that you have enough to go out, come back safely, and allow for contingencies. Knowing your boat is key.
Practice Your Skippering Skills
Heading offshore means you are more likely to have to deal with rougher seas. That is precisely when skippering skills become essential.
Before you head out on your big trip, take some time to practice and make sure those skills are sharp. Passage planning and understanding meteorological forecasts are part of that. Other good skills to practice are docking and dead-reckoning navigation.
Our team at MW Marine would be delighted to help you review your skills and learn new ones to make sure your skippering skills are well-honed.
Audit Your Safety Equipment
Auditing your safety equipment means making sure you have everything you could possibly need, and you understand how to use it.
Luxury powerboats are beautiful, comfortable, and fast. They are also built to handle rough waters. However, a comprehensive safety package is one of the most important things you need to have on board. Comfortable, high-quality life jackets for everyone onboard are essential. Torches, flares, and other signaling devices are another key part of your safety kit. Consider adding a safety v sheet to your equipment as well as an electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). Our team can create a bespoke package just for you to make sure you are prepared for all eventualities.
Consider Legal Requirements
Heading offshore for the first time is great fun, but it is important to understand the laws that apply to you at sea. Make sure you know collision regulations and signaling requirements before you head out.
Double-checking your boating insurance also needs to be on your list of things to prepare before the big trip. To give our clients the best possible insurance package, we created Club Marine insurance. It’s much more than just boat insurance, it’s a comprehensive package of peace of mind for you and your passengers.
Let Someone Know Your Plans
Heading offshore for the first time is exciting, but it is also something not to be taken lightly.
Before you head off into deeper waters, leave a detailed plan with someone at home. Consider arranging regular check-ins, so that it’s easy to sound the alarm should you encounter problems. Chances are your plan is never needed, but it is worth putting it in place anyway.
Preparation is the key when it some to safe boating in Sydney. It is the basis for the exhilaration and enjoyment that comes with an unforgettable trip.
Talk to us today about your plans, and let us help you turn dreams into reality.