A Beginner’s Guide to Yachting

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History of Yachts

Yachts refer to the motor boats or sail boats that are used for recreational purposes. The term ‘yacht’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘jacht’ which has a meaning ‘hunt’; this term was originally used for the light weight sail boats which were used to track pirates in the high seas and also other transgressors to the Low Countries with shallow waters. Yachting now refers to the use of motor boats or sail boats for sporting purposes. If the water vessels are motor boats, then it is known as power boating and the use of sail boat vessels is known as sailing. Yachts are generally used for leisure and luxury purposes.

Learning the Art of Yachting

There are some basic tips which have to be followed to sail a yacht. These tips will be useful when you are sailing on weekends or purchasing your own yachts. The basic skills and ‘know-how’s’ have to be learned by anyone to effectively maneuver the yachts even in calm waters. Gaining a complete understanding and the knowledge of how to sail is essential for survival in any kind of water. Enrolling in yachting and sailing courses is one of the best ways to gain the required knowledge. The rest of the article will guide you with some of the basic tips for sailing a yacht.

  • Tying the Yacht

A yacht will swing in different directions based on the amount of movement in water, and the action of the wind. Hence, tying a yacht can be an issue if it’s along the wharf or next to some other boat.  A yacht has to be secured in such a way that its forward, sideward and backward movements are limited. Making proper loops and tying proper knots is necessary for securing the lines.

  • Berthing the Yacht

It will be trickier to come in and go out of the docks as there may be other boats and piles in the marine occupyingspace. Sometimes the wind might not work to the advantage of the crew and channels could be very narrow. In this scenario, you need to decide which path to take, by inspecting the dock. Unplug the shore power and untangle the fenders, check the direction of the wind and work along with the wind to achieve best results.

  • Placing the Fenders

Fenders have to be placed at even distance such that the widest part of the yacht is well covered. The bottom portion of a fender should be placed above the water line when tied to a guard rail. In order to protect the yacht from colliding with other yachts in the wharf, inspect which portion of the yacht would possibly collide with the yacht nearby. Based on this knowledge you can make a decision whether the fenders have to stay in the middle or if it needs to be further lowered.

  • Anchoring the Yacht

Selecting an ideal spot and anchoring the yacht at right depth is necessary for the vessel to be safe in both high and low tides. Each yacht will have a plow anchor with an electric windlass winch; the best way to start is by imitating the anchoring pattern of other yachts.

Alisia Goodwin is a freelance blogger and currently writes for Usyachts.com.au. You can get more information about salona-yachts at  http://usyachts.com.au/salona-yachts.