Have you rented or chartered a sea vessel for your first boat trip in Turkey?
Congratulations! It will be exciting.
Or are you in doubt?
Then, with the help of this article, you will feel the atmosphere on the boat. And also, we will discuss the subtleties that beginner sailors most often encounter before their first maritime journey.
Do We Need A Crew During Our Boat Trip In Turkey?
Keep in mind that there are no passengers when boarding a boat. Only members of the team are allowed.
In other words, passengers can not leave the deck and interfere with the management of the boat. While team members are capable of steering the boat and even climbing the mast. With the permission of the captain, of course:)
If you do not have the certificates and licenses to operate a sea vessel, you have to hire a captain.
But crewed charter includes a captain’s and crew members’ services.
So the captain, who is he?
The captain is the person who is responsible for how the journey goes. And in many ways, it depends on the safety of the yacht. Therefore, listen carefully and try to follow the recommendations.
And the most exciting experience will come with you:)
Can We Drown?
The sea vessels on YachttoGO cannot capsize due to their characteristics. And if the weather is not suitable for safe navigation, the captain simply does not go out to sea. Life jackets, a toolbox, fire extinguishers, walkie-talkies, and smoke bombs are always on board. As a rule, you will not need this set.
But we advise you to find out the location of all these things. Just in case.
Do We Need An Insurance For A Boat Trip In Turkey?
Cruise yachting is one of the safest sports. But insurance companies classify it as an extreme sport. We advise you to purchase extended sports insurance, where yachting is singled out as a sport that is covered by it.
How Is A Yacht Or A Boat Usually Arranged Inside?
A modern cruise sea vessel is a cozy and thought-out house. It has rooms (cabins), a living room, two or more bathrooms (each has a shower, washbasin, and toilet), hot and cold water, and a kitchen.
Additionally, there is enough room for everyone to hang out in the cockpit, sunbathe on the deck, and swim from the rear cockpit platform.
Living on a cruising boat is similar to having your own home or apartment on the water. But the window view is the only exception because you can change it whenever you want.
There are cozy interior spaces with comfortable ceiling heights throughout the boat. Typically, the cabin is a large double bed with room in front of it. And with numerous shelves and cabinets.
Advice: avoid big suitcases in favor of a backpack or soft bag. Large hard suitcases might not fit in the available space.
The kitchen on the boat is similar to a home kitchen. It has a stove with an oven, a refrigerator, dishes, and usually a dishwasher.
But bear in mind that the yacht is rocking due to the waves. Anything that is not fixed will inevitably collapse. And everything should be arranged in boxes or drawers.
But catamarans are an exception because they are more stable.
Every cabinet and drawer on the boat has latches. Always make sure they are closed. On vacation, you don’t want to spend your time gathering items that are flying around the boat:)
The stove is specially designed so that you can cook while heeling
. But the dishes need to be fixed with special clamps.
The Toilet And Shower
The boat always has fresh water and two or more bathrooms (each has a shower, washbasin, and toilet). But everything is a little more complicated than at home:
- Water is stored in tanks. If the water is over, you must inform the captain about it. And he will change the tank. If this is not done, the water pump may burn out.
- Do not throw foreign objects into the toilet. Even the smallest ones.
- In marinas, we recommend using the toilet and shower on shore. After all, on land, there are no such restrictions as on a sea vessel. And there are hair dryers, large mirrors, and an endless stream of hot water:)
What Will We Eat While Our Boat Trip In Turkey?
Quite often, the food is cooked on the boat. And you should buy products on the first day. Also, buy perishable foods like meat and vegetables only for the first time. Remember that the refrigerator on boats is usually small.
- Do not buy groceries for the whole trip at once. Coastal towns often tempt you with their restaurants and cafes. And food can go bad.
- Choose products that you can take with you. After all, vacuum-packed meat or a pack of cookies is much more pleasant to take with you than just throwing it away.
- Choose simple meals that are easy and quick to prepare for the whole team.
How Much Is A Boat Trip in Turkey?
Depending on the region and season, one person spends an average of 150–250 euros per week. This price includes food, parking in marinas, and diesel.
How Should We Dress?
We will not tell you a secret if we say to you to bring T-shirts, shorts, and swimwear.
But we also advise you to bring closed shoes with non-slip soles, a hat, and a raincoat. And keep in mind that black-bottom shoes can mark up the boat’s floor, so steer clear of those.
Even if all the forecasts scream that it will be hot, bring warm clothes. It can get chilly on the water in the evening.
What Else To Take With Us On The Boat Trip?
- Pack a personalized first aid kit. Band-aids, antibiotics, tape, and pain relievers are standard items in every first aid kit. But your cruise kit should also contain a few extras. Get ready to handle everything from burns to broken bones.
- Be ready to get wet and for UV rays. You must have sunglasses, sunscreen, and clothing that protects you from the sun.
- Put your belongings (for example, the camera) in waterproof bags.
- Lace for phones and glasses. A priceless item that will help you avoid stress and financial loss.
- Powerbank. Sockets at anchorage sometimes may not be functional.
How To Deal With Seasickness?
In the sea, anyone can get sick. Even the most avid yachtsman.
But there is good news: after 1-2 days, the body gets used to pitching. And until that moment, you can take pills for motion sickness. Don’t forget to put them in your first aid kit!
Will We Have Fun At All?
A sea voyage is a journey from one place to another. And there are no questions about what to do on land.
But what to do on the boat? Of course, much depends on the route and format of travel. But a typical day on the boat goes something like this: you get up at eight or nine in the morning and have breakfast on the boat surrounded by nature.
Usually, the transition between locations takes two to six hours.
At this time, you can stop for a swim or go fishing. Or you can learn the basics of yachting. You can ride some inflatable thing tied to a boat, cook dinner if you want, and take a million perfect photos.
You can open a bottle of sparkling wine and have a picnic on the water. Read a book you bought a long time ago or just lie like an asterisk on the deck, doing nothing.
It seems to sound pretty cool.
What do you think?