If you plan on doing any long-term off-shore cruising like I do, I can’t recommend enough the classes offered by the US Sail and Power Squadron (“USPS”). They have chapters all over the US so hopefully you’ll find a chapter near to you.
They also offer educational seminars in the off-season, if you live in an area that won’t allow you to sail year ’round. So if you decide taking a course is not for you, then you might consider attending these informational seminars dedicated to all things boating.
One of the courses I completed with the USPS is Cruise Planning. This course has a wealth of great information for those of you planning to cruise the world. Today I’m sharing just twelve of these great cruising tips. Enjoy!
1. When planning a cruise, estimate your cruising speed at 70% of your normal speed.
2. Prepare a float plan for your cruising itinerary and leave it with a responsible adult back on land.
3.To determine the size diesel engine your sailboat needs, take the sailboat’s displacement and divide by 1,000 then multiply by 2. So for example if your boat’s hull displacement is 20,000 the calculation would be 20,000/1,000 = 20 X 2 = 40 or 40 horsepower.
4. If your life raft has not been inspected for some time (years), it should be inflated in a pool or other body of water to make sure it still deploys and floats and all of the emergency equipment on board should be tested before setting off on an off shore cruise.