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Sailing Etiquette for Guests in West Maui, HI; What to Wear on a Sailboat Cruise & More
For those that have never been sailing before, it can be a lot to take in. With the excitement of seeing the ocean view, the different animal life, smells, colors, and the whole experience, it can all be over stimulating. The important thing is safety when being on the open water and more often than not, knowing a little etiquette on board a boat can ensure your safety. We at Gemini Sailing Tours would like to share a few etiquette tips to help you have a safe, fun and overall incredible experience when sailing, no matter which tour you are booking.
Guest Sailboat Etiquette
1) Be on time for sailing tour. It is very important you are prompt to your departure time. Few will wait as there are schedules to maintain. Even if you have booked a private charter, showing up late to the time you scheduled is disrespectful and it can impact the experience. If you are not certain what the policy is for being late, be sure to ask at the time of booking.
2) What to wear on a sailboat cruise. Remember you are spending time on the water. Dress for the day. Avoid bulky shoes and hats that easily fly off. Whether you want to wear your swim attire or some summer clothing, that is your choice, but keep in mind the rules of the vessel.
3) Listen to the captain. The skipper or captain will generally have a brief orientation on arrival before the boat sets sail to both the crew and the passengers. Be sure to pay attention to everything that is said and apply the information throughout the duration of the voyage. Much of what is being related to you is safety items which could save your life in the event of an emergency situation. Similar to when boarding a plane, they will point out the pertinent safety components of the boat and protocols. They will also let you know the schedule of the tour to keep you informed.
4) Pay attention to the boat skipper and yacht crew. In the event that the captain or even crew members begin to talk, show some courtesy and hold current conversations and listen to what is being said. They may be issuing some instructions and if you are talking, you are not only missing out on what is being said, but so are those around you. If the boat is tacking, jibing or undertaking some other maneuver, the skipper might also be giving orders to the crew and they can concentrate on his words without interruption from the passengers.
5) Follow directions. If you are directly asked to do something specific, always follow the directions given until you are told to stop. If unexpected obstacles come up, the captain may ask passengers to stand certain places or even hold specific items to ensure your safety.
6) Don’t forget your things on the sailing boat. Not really etiquette, but you do not want to leave your personal possessions behind when your tour has come to an end. Be sure you collect all of your belongings and properly disposed of your trash.
7) Common courtesy. Don’t forget common courtesy, such as “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me”, and so on. It goes a long way among the staff and other passengers.