1. Pre-departure Safety Check:
Before departure, it is important to perform a safety check and inspect that all necessary safety equipment including life jackets, flares, and fire extinguishers are present and in good working order.
2. Weather Forecast:
It is essential to monitor the weather conditions before heading out on the water. This will help ensure that everyone stays safe while out on the water and can avoid unexpected storms or choppy waters if possible.
3. Course Planning:
To ensure an enjoyable experience, it is important to plan out a course of where you intend to go before setting sail. Having this planned out beforehand helps reduce the chances of getting lost or stuck in unfamiliar territory as well as preparing for potential stops along the way.
4. Food and Beverage:
Ensure that enough food and drinks are on board to cater to those onboard. This might include food such as snacks, sandwiches, and other meals depending on how long you plan to be out on the water.
If necessary, ensure that the boat has been fueled up before departure as running out of fuel can be a major inconvenience while out on the water. It is also important to make sure that any fuel used is environmentally friendly and does not pollute the water or surroundings in any way.
6. Navigation Equipment:
Depending on where you intend to go, it may be necessary to equip your vessel with navigational equipment such as charts, GPS, and other navigation tools. Additionally, it is important to make sure that all crew members are familiar with how to use these items before heading out on the water.
7. Communication Equipment:
It is essential to equip your vessel with communication devices such as a VHF radio or other emergency equipment to ensure that you can stay in contact with the crew and land-based authorities if necessary.
Ensure that all necessary documentation such as registration papers and other sailing license requirements are on board before departure. Additionally, it is important to make sure that any crew members have the necessary identification documents if traveling in unfamiliar areas.