It’s true for any sailor – the more you know about your boat, the better. You can learn a lot about your charter boat before you ever leave home, so try these resources and do a little homework. This stands for all charter types, with or without professional skippers, as well as for all crew members.
Charter Client App – browse through the App in great details:
- Review the Vessel info (know your boat; measurements, depts, instruments, safety gear…)
- Familiarize yourself with the vessel Inventory – for faster and more accurate Checkout
- Review Checklists, How-To, Damage Report, and other App Modules
Charter Company – see what your charter company has available online.
Yacht Manufacturers – if you chartered a reasonably standard production boat (e.g. Beneteau, Jeanneau, Bavaria, Elan…) you’ll have lots of online data. Manufacturer’s websites proudly display photos, layouts, and specs of their latest models. Manufacturer and boat-trader websites are excellent places to research new and older boats. Realize that the specs will include add-on equipment (electronics, generators) which may or may not be on your charter boat.
Electronics Vendors – suppose your charter boat is equipped with Raymarine electronics. Check the Raymarine Owner’s Manuals site and browse or download the content!
Bareboat Charter materials – search and educate yourself online, especially if this is your first time being a Skipper, Mate, or Crew.
The Charter Client Application will guide you, with app notifications, through the most important steps; before, during, and after chartering. Offer an App to your crew members but don’t offer your custom/booking link to non-attendees.