Being out on a yacht can be a great and relaxing experience. You don’t want to spoil that by forgetting to prevent things like sunburn, insect bites, seasickness, and getting too cold. All of these things may happen on your yachting trip, and once you know what to do to prevent them, you can enjoy the experience more.
Being on a boat in the sun can actually make you get a sunburn faster than on land. The easy answer to that is to wear sunscreen. However, be careful what kind of sunscreen you pick. You’ll want to make sure you choose one with a higher SPF rating, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. You will also want to pick a sunscreen that is water or sweatproof as these will help make the sunscreen last longer than normal with all the moisture from the ocean. You can also bring a hat, wear sunglasses, and wear layers to protect yourself from the sun.
You might think that being on a yacht means that you don’t have to worry about insects. While that many be true if you’re out on the open ocean, it is certainly not true if you are close to shore. Mosquitos and other bugs may plague you when docking or when anchoring close to shore. You don’t necessarily have to wear bug repellant all the time but having some with you is a great idea. The last thing you want as a souvenir from your yachting trip is a ton of itchy bug bites!
Being seasick is never fun, and some people are more prone to it than others. However, there are some things you can do to help prevent it. The first thing you want to do is to ask to see the interior of the yacht while still at the dock. This helps you get used to the movement of the boat before you embark. Once you’re underway, the best way to avoid or help seasickness is to stay in the fresh air and look at something on land if you can. If you still feel sick, try thinking about something else. Thinking about how you feel only makes it feel worse. You can also pick up some medicine for seasickness before you go.
Wind, Moisture, and Cold Oh My!
Did you know the temperature usually feels colder on the water? With nothing in the way, the wind can blow on you with no interruptions. If that wind is cold, it can make you feel colder almost instantly. In addition, it takes a lot of energy to heat up water. So, the temperature on land will almost always be warmer than it is on water. Moisture rising from the ocean and carried on the wind can also make you feel colder. The easiest way to combat these elements is to wear layers. Jackets made from synthetic fibers are more water resistant than cotton, and they may also protect you better from the wind.
Use these tips to have the best rather than an annoying experience, while being on a yacht.