People who enjoy water vacations and weekends typically like to get out on the ocean. Spending time on the water used to be strictly for survival purposes and business, such as fishing and transporting trade goods. Today the primary reason most go to the ocean are for recreational purposes such as water skiing, recreational fishing, motor boating, sailing, etc. Many people have longed to live out the romantic notion of operating their own yacht but just haven't accomplished that "to do" list yet. Operating a yacht can be fun and rewarding for many people. Step 1: Know Your Responsibilities
Safety is the number one priority when choosing to operate your own yacht instead of hiring a captain and crew. The operator of the yacht is the person charged with the important responsibility of ensuring each passenger has a life jacket. This is likened to the driver of the car having a moral and legal obligation to ensure all passengers have a seat belt. Do not launch a yacht if any passenger is missing a life jacket. Step 2: Preparation
Plan ahead, whether for a daytrip or a month long cruise. Consider what conditions the yacht will be operated under. Inexperienced operators should acquire a lot of experience on calm waters during daylight hours before attempting riskier conditions. Whatever conditions are predicted, plan to have supplies and materials ready to handle any challenge that arises. For example, if early morning fishing is the goal it is a good idea to have a powerful light source on the yacht., especially if leaving before sunrise If the weather will be brisk or cold, have extra weather appropriate clothing aboard just in case a change is needed.
Operating the boat means being prepared for anything. A first aid kit with up-to-date supplies is necessary even for short trips. Remember it is the designated operator’s legal responsibility to keep the passengers safe. Pack enough water and nutrition on board to sustain the passengers for the length of time the yacht will be out. If the trip will be for a day, multiply 64 ounces of water by the number of people on board. This is the minimum amount of water to have aboard. Similarly calculate the amount of food necessary to feed each person during the voyage. Additionally, sunscreen should be packed on the yacht and available to all the guests. Step 3: Weather & Safety
Ensure small items that are brought aboard can be secured and not roll around on the yacht. These items can become hazards if they interfere with the yacht's functioning or the ability to operate the yachts controls.
Before launching the yacht, perform a safety check. This will prevent many problems from arising after leaving the pier. The week before the trip have the yacht inspected to make sure the maintenance is current and no further work is needed.