Cruising in a sailboat is not all about cocktails and gorgeous sunsets on the horizon. You’re the captain of the ship, and the safety of everyone on board will be under your responsibility. Besides, you won’t get the most fun if deep inside yourself, you know that your cruising trip is risky. Therefore, before you set sail on a voyage, always remember these four essential things to have in your boat.
1. Well-Maintained Sails
Experienced sailors understand that sails require maintenance more than replacement. It means that if you maintain your sails well, they can last 5 to 10 years. As a matter of fact, the intensity of your voyage and the weather’s conditions are the factors affecting the sails’ life. The longer you leave those sails to withstand harsh wind, the more likely they are to tear.
You probably have seen some yacht owners who chose to stitch the tears. This is indeed the cheapest solution you can get, but please bear in mind that the threads may not last as long as the sail’s fabric. Therefore, always check your sails as needed.
2. A Water Maker
A water maker on your boat is vital for your survival on the sea. And although it is named as such, this equipment actually makes drinkable water from the seawater by a process called reverse osmosis. However, this equipment requires upkeep.
First, you need to check the membranes in the system periodically. If you like to sail in dirty water, then the membranes will be most likely to have a short lifespan. Therefore, make your drinking water only when you are on clean water.
Second, the pump is like the heart of your mater-making machine. Some models require an oil change, while others do not. Check the manuals and maintain the pump’s condition accordingly.
3. A Decent Power System
If you’ve just bought your yacht, you probably think that you can charge electrical devices with the boat’s engine. This method is, of course, possible, but risky and inefficient. It is better to have a generator or a solar panel.
Check your boat’s electrical system every time you want to go for a sail. If needed, get a professional electrician to examine everything for you. Faulty electrical wiring is not only about power efficiency but also about safety.
Your propulsion engine must always be on its top performance because once you are on the open water, you can’t always rely on the wind. Furthermore, go for the one that has a dual filtering system because many contaminants can potentially jam the machine. Bad quality fuel is also common in the ports. And you may not realize you buy one until it’s too late. The dual filters can provide you protection from such risk.…Read More