Whether you’re planning to take out your cruiser for the first time or the hundredth time, your reasons and motivations may very well be the same. You seek adventure, peace, solitude and a change. But once you’re out in the sea, surrounded by water from everywhere your eyes turn, you need to keep certain things in mind in order to make the most of that situation and really enjoy yourself.
Here we go:
Are you a tad bit of a control freak? Or just someone who likes everything to go as planned, and if doesn’t, you start losing it? If yes to both, then you’re going to have a really hard time on the water. Be prepared to give up control, and go with the flow as your boat is steered around by gigantic waves and the powerful sea.
Be open to adventures
Don’t restrict yourself in your own little comfort zone. Your time at sea is the time when you should be open-minded to new locations, new adventures and most importantly, new cruisers. Once you’re out and away from your own native land, don’t let close-mindedness get in your way to having a great time.
Strict Scheduling doesn’t work
Making a well detailed and well-scheduled itinerary for your cruising trip that well outlines all the ports you will check into and the exact dates of your cruise, you’re in for a massive disappointment. You see, cruising on the water is very unpredictable, so you need to welcome some spontaneity in your life.
Do some mild planning, and don’t compel yourself to stick to it or else you’ll find yourself getting frustrated instead of enjoying your time on the sea. The weather will probably be the greatest enemy of your schedule, and there is no way to defeat it. So, like I said, go with the flow, and enjoy the spontaneity and unpredictability that is the best part of a cruiser’s life.
Being able to maintain your boats and fix some of the damage in order to keep it in fine cruising condition is a valuable skill that will make you self-sufficient when you’re on the water. Things break, and they cause hurdles and god forbid, casualties. Unless you want to and can afford to hire an expert to be the fixer around your cruiser, you’re going to take care of fixing the small stuff on your own.