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Basic Yachting

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.

Article Source: yachting.com

---------- November 2013 ---------

November was such an exciting month at YachtportSA, silly season has started and we have many vessels preparing for the Cape 2 Rio race that kicks off early in January, we wish all of the contestants the best of luck!!

The types of vessels we had this month really made it one to remember, below you will find a few examples. 

PUFFIN

Puffin - Our celebrity vessel, she was hauled out this month and left YPSA on a trailer Cape Town bound, she will be used in a movie featuring celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Meryl Streep. Puffin will appear near the end of the movie when the main character sails away to find his happily every after. 

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LUCKY FISH 

Another strange vessel that visited Yachtport this month was Lucky Fish, she came out for some anti-fouling and routine maintenance. 

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BARGE

The Barge came out for a bit of cleaning, unlike normal vessels a barge stays in a fixed location and rarely moves, which gives all our little hitch hikers the perfect place to stay. She was cleaned, new anodes were put on and she is now safely back home. 

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--- November tip of the Month ---

What to Bring when You Sail

Sailing is definitely one of the most unpredictable sports in the world, so where ever you are sailing to whether it is for leisure or a race it is best to always be prepared. 

Below you will find a list of important items that are likely to be forgotten. A checklist works best when preparing for a trip, be sure to add these items to your list. 

- Life Jacket

- Extra Line 

- Non-Slip Rubber soled shoes 

- Sunscreen/Sunglasses 

- Binoculars 

- Small waterproof bag for wallets and cellphones 

- Seasick Medication

- Zip lock Bags 

- Bucket with a retrieval line 

- Gloves 

- Tool kit and some spares 

and lastly some foul weather gear, you never know when the weather decides to pull a 180 on you. 

These are just a few items, some we hope to never use (especially the bucket) but it best to be prepared.

For more information on what to take when you go sailing feel free to give us a call, our Operations Manager Glenn Drewry has been through the good, the bad and the ugly, so it is always interesting to hear what he thinks is most important. 

 

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BEE LINE

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed back BEE LINE with her new owner Mr Wessels, this year she joined us for a high pressure clean, antifouling and some TLC. We hope to see them again and wish them many happy years together.

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DAY OFF

This month we had to say goodbye to one of our permanent visitors, Day Off. They will be enjoying a much needed sailing trip before returning to South Africa.

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Double Strike

This is a very interesting opportunity for YachtportSA, this vessel will be refurbished completely, given a beautiful new blue color and the topside will also be re-sprayed. Over the next couple of weeks you will be able to follow our progress and see this amazing transformation. Check in each week for an update. 

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Andante

Yachtport wishes to thank Mr Johan Stemmet for bringing his new vessel Andante to us for some TLC, She received a high pressure clean and antifouling, we wish them many years together. 

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