We all have to change our everyday behaviour and adjust it to what we call – life at sea.

It is considered polite and caring that only one person (usually the skipper – the one who possess skipper’s license) comes to the office to do the paperwork. Yacht charter offices at the marinas are usually not spacious enough to accommodate all the crew, while most of the paperwork is done by a responsible person – either one with a license or one who has paid for the trip. In most cases, it is the same person. Other crew members are usually directed to the first bar for refreshments or to the nearest supermarket for supplies.

Once the paperwork is done, it is most practical that the same person does technical check-in with charter staff (also called a skipper or a mariner) aboard a chartered yacht. After a technical check-in, the rest of the crew is good to embark, load the luggage and accommodate. This is a good time for a skipper to explain to the others the dos and don’ts. Basically, it is about onboard safety and a few tricks and tips on how to make the stay on the yacht more comfortable and fun.

Generally, always try to avoid any damage (of the boat or the inventory) and/or injury!

Keep in mind that a boat can get very rocky in a moment, so it is important that at least one of your hands holds something solid in order to keep the balance and avoid injuries. There is rigging and lifelines on the deck and railings on the inside of the boat. Store the luggage and especially kitchen items in a way that they do not fall when the boat is rocking. It is also important to hold your cup or glass in your hand when drinking on board. Even if the boat is safely anchored at the calm bay, only two waves brought by the boat passing by could be enough to break the glass of wine left on the edge of the table.

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