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What else to take on the yacht? Time-tested know-how from experienced sailors

We’ve put together a few tricks of the trade that are a must for experienced sailors. You don’t usually find them written on a traditional list, but they can make your voyage easier and may even get you out of tight spot.
We’ve put together a few tricks of the trade that are a must for experienced sailors. You don’t usually find them written on a traditional list, but they can make your voyage easier and may even get you out of tight spot.

Gloves (cycling gloves will do)

Even the most hardened seafarer occasionally has a problem catching hold of a mooring rope with their bare hands in a dirty harbour. No matter what the conditions, the daily handling of ropes will take its toll on unprotected palms.


gloves for a boat
Mobile Apps

Download an app that can forecast weather and wind conditions. Apps showing ports and berths as well as important contacts will also come in handy.


Duct Tape

Known by all travellers. Things sometimes fall apart, unravel, need a temporary fix, to be held in place, joined together or wrapped. On board this need takes on a whole new dimension.


Safety Glasses

Sailing is beautiful even if the weather is horrible! To keep the rain out of sight, get at least one pair of safety glasses for the helmsman. You can get them for just a few crowns in every craft store.

Sunglasses on the boat


Snorkelling ABC Kit (mask, snorkel, fins)

Sunk your bathing suit or glasses? You’ll appreciate this gear even when inspecting the hull of the boat or unwinding a rope. Plus, of course, observing the wonderful underwater life.


Clothes Pegs

They get easily lost or just disappear and you’ll need them more the longer you are on board. If you’re not the careful type when taking off the pegs, bring your whole supply from home. The others will love you for it!


Converter to 220V/ Adapter

Even though there is a 12V socket on the boat, we recommend taking an adapter that converts 12V to 220V and which provides a standard socket. That way you won’t have to bring several USB cables to plug into the cigarette lighter.


Waterproof Case

Water and moisture are everywhere on board. A case or bag will also come in handy when travelling on a small boat. Arriving at a marina shower with a freshly salted towel is best avoided.

Equipment boat


Microfiber Towel

It is small, easy to store and dries fast. It’s useful to keep your sweet and sour (salty) towels separate.


Disposable Wet Wipes

A handy hint for all the crew. Water is in short supply on the boat and in an emergency a wet wipe is a great help. Be careful to dispose of them properly, they don’t belong down the toilet.


Various Tools (not just for the kitchen)

Sharp knife, tweezers, toothpick, opener and corkscrew (or 1 high-quality multi-tool), matches, sewing kit, pencil and paper.


Sunglasses Cord

Don’t let them fly off in strong winds, the sun is extremely bright at sea.


Earplugs

The harbour may look deserted, but late at night you may suddenly be joined by a yacht packed with a wild crew in the party mood. Or a hidden nightclub might open up on the pier. Or maybe just to drown out your partner’s snoring.
 

Multimeter

Measures current, voltage and resistance. Anyone who has experienced spent batteries and malfunctioning electricity will fully appreciate this help.

Equipment boat


Repellent and sunscreen, lip balm

You can’t hide from mosquitos and at dusk they start attacking fast. At sea the sun is strong and can burn fast or cause allergies. Lip balm can be used even on skin irritated by salt and wind.


Headband Light

On board and ashore, it lights the way and frees your hands. A high-quality, reliable light will be much appreciated if the boat breaks down plus its great during night trips.


First Aid Kit

Accidents do happen on board and its vital to include personal medications for stomach, fever and allergy. For nausea, in addition to traditional medications, try candied ginger or ginger tea.


Water, water and water, and perhaps beer

The boat is the water source for the trip, so stock up. Strong sun, wind and salt dehydrate you and can quickly lead to heatstroke or sunstroke.
 
And if you want to be totally at ease, bring duplicates of things that you like that can easily be lost at sea (glasses, scarves, caps…) Beginners will also benefit from this detailed list of What to remember to bring on board.
 
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