Are you planning to rest and relax on your boat? Is it new? You can be prepared and that means more than just a couple of snacks.
Getting a good night’s sleep on the high seas—or any body of water— is off to a good start when you plan properly.
Which Type Will You Be On?
If you are the captain on a luxury yacht, then you have spacious-enough bedrooms and size isn’t really a concern. But, if your vessel is of the smaller variety, choose wisely and packing is important due to space. If you have a longer term investment and stay there often, consider making small purchases that will stay with your boat instead of carting things back and forth.
Don’t forget about things like linens and your favorite pillow.
Timing and Temperature
Always be aware of the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Depending again on which type you have, you may find that you sleep warmer inside the boat even when temperatures drop at night.
You can decide if you want to pack a different type of PJs or keep an extra blanket on hand or just sheets. Much of this is personal preference.
If you are not necessarily the owner of the boat and haven’t spent the night before out on the water, keep in mind sound. And movement too. Depending on where you are, it might be louder than you think listening to the water or you may not hear it at all. Motion sickness may not be a fun situation to encounter. If you think you might not handle it well being new to this adventure, take something like dramamine. You can find many items that help with this at your local pharmacy.
Some suggest packing earplugs as a just in case. These may assist in the instance you think it’s too loud for your liking.
Security For The Owner
Make sure your vessel is secure. Before launching the boat or leaving the slip, review the anchor’s overall condition and make sure you have enough rope. It’s the combination of the weight of the rope and the friction created by dragging the anchor creates that keeps a boat moored.
During the day, figure out where you want to moor, such as a cove where you’ll be protected from overnight weather changes. Then settle in during the weaning hours of daylight so you’re not adjusting the anchor position in the dark.
Also, test the anchoring by picking a landmark on shore that lines up with the rigging or another boat feature. Watch it for a few minutes to see if the boat drifts. Or if you have cell service, download an app to track your drifting.
Once your boat is secured, kick back and enjoy a night on the water.