Charter Advisors' How To Guide
Mooring Up and Going Ashore
This is one of those simple things we do every day... So why go over it?
When you park your car to go to work, there is a process. When you leave home for the day, there is a process. These we have just learned over the course of many, many years. It all comes naturally. It will on the yacht as well, but it is good to know the process ahead of time. This will give you the peace of mind you need to go off and not have some nagging thought in the back of your head, like, did I take the engine key out? Or, was there something else I was supposed to do?
Securing the yacht and peace of mind
This is what it is all about. Peace of mind. You're on vacation!
For peace of mind when you leave your floating home for the week (or however long) try what we do...
1.If your yacht is so equipped, make sure you have the engine key(s). Hide them where the crew knows to look for them. Or take them with you.
2.Turn off lights and double check the LP/Gas switch if you have been cooking.
3.Double-check your mooring line. At least you won't wonder, 99% of the time it will be fine, but concern over your yacht sailing off without you can flood your mind, especially if you're new to the game. Give it one last look before you head ashore and you won't worry a bit.
4.If it is evening be sure to leave a light on here or there, giving the impression you're onboard. Some turn on the deck floodlight, others leave a cabin light on. Just like at home, a dark house is assumed to be empty.
5.If it is evening, light up the anchor light.
6.Lock up doors or companionway when you're gone.
7.Hatches, if you are going to be away for hours on end, should be shut and secured. Most trips ashore are not for more than an hour or so. In these cases most charters will opt to leave the hatches open, especially in the daytime. Be mindful of afternoon showers!
These 7 very easy and quick steps will let you take your peace of mind with you ashore and know that the only thing that is not going to go to plan is the imaginary impending disaster. And that's a good thing.
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