Sailing a yacht is a very pleasant experience for people who enjoy the open waters and calmness that comes with sailing. Anyone who sails a yacht will keep in mind the responsibilities that come with the task, and the dangers to be aware of. The skipper of the yacht will be responsible for the safe travel and safe return of each of the passengers. Step 1: Know Your Boat
Get familiar with the boat before it is launched. The responsible skipper will know every inch of the yacht before leaving. This includes the engine, sails, lines and the emergency equipment. Know about each aspect of the yacht and how to make minor and simple repairs to each component. The ability to make these adjustments can mean the difference between being able to sail back or having the be towed back to the harbor if something does arise. Be proficient at operating the sails and motor. Step 2: Basic Prep
Perform a safety check before launching. All the sails must be working. The motor must be in working order. There must be a full tank of fuel. The radio just work. The safety equipment must be fully stocked and each passenger must have a lifejacket dedicated to them.
Hold a meeting of the crew. Ensure each member of the team knows their role and responsibility. The crew must be experienced in sailing basics and what to do in case of an emergency and how to send out radio messages. Assign each crew members a specific duty and position. Do not assign any role to a crew member who does not know how to implement his task. The crew should be able to sail the yacht in the event the skipper becomes incapacitated. Start the motor and launch the yacht under motor power. If the sail yacht does not have a motor leave the slip and harbor under sail power. Using the motor will provide more control of the yacht which helps to prevent collisions in the crowded harbor. Step 3: Set Sail!
Set the sails once open waters have been reached. Turn the bow of the boat into the wind and raise the main sail. Rails the jib, once the main sail is up. Position the furling jib if one is available by turning to the desired tack and slowly unfurling the jib and set it.
Stay alert at all times. Be aware of the boat’s position in time to prevent possible encounters with other vessels. Be aware of weather conditions. Have all the on deck crew watch the water for obstructions and other potential collisions hazards. Careful observation of all aspects of the voyage and surrounding waters can help keep the yacht, passengers and crew members safe.