Getting the most from your Yacht

So you’ve managed to somehow get yourself a yacht. Whether you’ve saved up and bought it, rented it for a few days of borrowed it from a good friend, you’re well on the way to living the dream – at least for the weekend. You’ve seen people living the high life on their catamarans and yachts in the movies, now it’s time to get a group of your friend together and jetset on a luxury sailing adventure of your own!

gorgeous blue water in a sailboatBefore you depart, make sure you are prepared for what your journey will bring. Along with the essentials of any yacht cruise, such as petrol, water, sunscreen, a responsible captain and your mates there are a number of other items you should bring to ensure you maximise the fun you have on your journey out at sea. We’ve put together a list of the most important things to bring when heading out for a day trip.


Of course you’d bring food, right? We’re not just talking standard fare here though, we mean real food prepared by a real chef or someone who really knows how to cook. You’re relaxing in the sun, living large, you want to be eating more than just your typical lunch sandwiches or some salad from the grocery store. For an occasion such as this one you might want to get some special catering done up to help you celebrate the event.

Once of the delicious catered platters of sushi from Art of Catering
Once of the delicious catered platters of sushi from Art of Catering

When we go sailing up the Queensland coast, we usually pack our cabin fridge full of delicious meals prepared for us by our favourite Brisbane catering company. We love to take their catered sushi, gourmet sliders, finger food and noodles out on the trips we do when we hit the reef. You might prefer to bring other cuisines or snacks with you but take our word for it, do it in style by having your meals all properly prepared for you in advance.


How can you celebrate without some alcohol? Well, despite what society dictates you can actually, but in conforming to stereotypes it would be wrong of us not to include a few sneaky drinks for our trip on the ocean. Champagne is always a favourite with the ladies and no setting could be more fitting to share a drink of bubbly with your sea-faring friend than watching the sun over the horizon with a cool breeze blowing through your hair.

Do it right and have your caterers prepare some crackers and cheese, sliced pear and some grapes to go with your afternoon (or mid-morning) drinks. A few beers always go down well with the boys and can make your time out at see just that little bit more enjoyable. Be sure to clean up all your empties though! The sea is already filled with enough waste, we don’t need anymore added to it.


If you want to spend some time away with your friend, having a few drink and acting like a superstar, you’re going to want to have some music to party to. Make sure you don’t forget your collection of MP3s for the trip. Some chilled out vibes for during the day and some more energetic stuff for those fun-filled evening should do the trick.

a group of friends enjoying themselves on a yachtCombining all of the above will have you well on your way to once of the best experiences of your life. Always make sure you’re prepared before any sailing trip, so that once you are on your way you can relax and enjoy what the ocean has in store for you.

Stay tuned to Adventure Catamarans for more great sailing new, information and tips!



What to do if your Boat is Sinking

Sailing is an activity enjoyed by many. As the earth surface is covered by 70% water it makes sense the we use this area for not only commerce but also recreation. It is such a freeing feeling to skip across the water with the taste of salt in your mouth and the cool breeze in your face.

sinkingDespite this, each one of us has our own fears when we travel on water. One of the worst case scenarios that you might experience it to be on a sinking boat, especially in the middle of a vast ocean or sea. Nobody wants to go through such an experience, however it does happen and anytime you take to the water it is a possibility.

If you were in such a situation would you know what to do? Would you take the right actions to give yourself and your crew the best change of survival?

Here are some of the things you should keep in mind if you are ever on a drowning vessel.

  • Keep calm – This may be very hard to do but in situations like this, panic will surely eat you up. People who are panicking do not think clearly and are more likely to make poor decisions. Take a moment to relax, inhale and exhale, until your mind clears up. With a calm mind and demeanor, think properly and weigh the situations to make the best choice about the appropriate action to take.
  • Grab a life jacket – Take note that you should already be aware of the location of any life vests on the boat. This is a must for anyone on any sea-bound vessel. You must attempt to secure one no matter what it takes. Even very good swimmers get tired of staying afloat. Having a life jacket will give you the best chance of survival.
  • Make a distress call – Make sure somebody has put out a mayday call so that help will soon arrive. It will help other passengers to be alert of what is happening and to also send any form of signal to get help as soon as possible in other possible ways too. Let it be known that the ship you are on is sinking and hope that immediate rescue will be sent.
  • Be alert – once the boat has sunk, there are usually pieces of the boat that will be floating on the surface the water. Grab on anything that can support your weigtht. These will be of great help for easier visibility when aerial rescue arrives.
  • Head towards shore or onto an island – If by chance that you are still near the shore, try to swim your way there. If you are in the middle of an ocean and you can see an island, try also to paddle that way. Being out in the water is much safer than floating in it while waiting for help.
  • Give hope to others and stay positive – In the event that there are a lot of you in the water, try to keep spirits high. It may be hard, but boosting morale will be a great help to the survival of everyone. Stay positive and keep everyone optimistic.

If you follow the above guide should you go through the unfortunate experience of being on a sinking boat, you should be able to stay alive long enough for help to arrive.

All about the Mega Yachts of the World

Becoming a yacht owned is not an easy task. Not everyone has the privilege or finances to purchase one. Undeniably, yachts are expensive and require a lot of planning, saving and organization before purchase. Despite this, you cannot also deny the fact that having a catamaran or monohull to call your own is a dream come true.

These toys for big boys, are good for personal use as well as for promoting or doing business. They may cost a fortune but if utilized well, they can also earn you a veritable bounty.

Beyond the typical yachts you might see everyday, there are some people are lucky enough to have what they call a mega yacht. From the term itself, mega infers superiority and size over their smaller counterparts. A yacht is classified as mega if it exceeds the length of 24 meters or 79 feet, however most are more than a 100 feet. An example of an accepted yacht in the mega category is a 45 meter long yacht, one of the smallest, but it still qualifies.

Usually this size could have at least three decks including cabins for less than 12 guests as well as a cabin for the crew. The lower deck has the swimming platform located at the exterior of the vessel and has at most 5 cabins for guests. In this part, the engine room is also located. The next section is the main deck where the dining room is usually located. Depending on the purpose of the yacht some have a study room, mini library, a bar, or another partition that provides entertainment to the passengers.

The upper deck is where the cabin of the captain is situated. And lastly the sun deck, which is obviously located at the topmost level. Most luxury yachts have a jacuzzi and a gym area on this deck, suitable for working out or just used for sun baking purposes. As mega yachts increases in size, more areas are included and many of the bigger luxury yachts have casinos, disco bars, novelty shops, music lounges and more. Mega yachts are also equipped with personalized water crafts such as mini boats, speed boats or even banana boats for getting to and from shore, or for leisure activities.

megayachtBe it for personal travel or for business purposes, a mega yacht usually has at least 8 crew members, this could be less or more however depending on the size of the vessel. These may include a chef, kitchen crew, stewardesses or stewards, engineers, first mate, bosun, deckhand, and of course the captain. Year-round maintenance and check-up are also performed to ensure the high level performance of the vessel and to avoid any untoward incidences that may occur during any trip or charter.

The 5 Biggest Mega Yachts

  1. Azzam – made by Lurssen Yachts, is 180 meters. The biggest so far. Owned by the President of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan. It was estimated to have cost $605 Million.
  2. Eclipse – made by the Blohm & Voss, this yacht is owned by Roman Abramovic. It is 163.5 meters and is estimated to have cost €860 million.
  3. Al Said – made by Lurssen Yachts, a property of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, part of the Saudi Arabia Royal Family. The yacht is 155 meters long.
  4. Prince Abdul Aziz – made by the Helsingor Vaerfts and owned by a Saudi Arabia Royal Family, it is 147 meters and may rank as the 4th in terms of length but it is the tallest yacht.
  5. Topaz – built by Lurssen Yachts and owned by an Abu Dhabi Royal Family is 147 meters and costs €470.

If you own one of the gigantic yachts then you’re probably going to need somewhere to store them. Marina berths around the world can be extremely expensive, but if you have enough money to purchase one of these mega yachts you can probably afford the port fees. Take a look at this list of the most expensive marinas in the world, when deciding where you want to harbour your dream yacht.

Tips on Night-time Sailing

We all love sailing. Be it solo or in a group, taking to the waters on a beautiful sunny day can be stress-relieving, relaxing and tranquil. Lovers of the ocean who are comfortable with their boating routine might be looking for something a little more challenging or different to stir their happy hormones. The pleasant feeling of the blowing breeze against your skin as your yacht glides along the glistening waters with the gentle tides begs for a heightened experience.

Enter night sailing. Imaging your typical yacht cruise on the water but instead of having the hot sun on your back, you instead have the cool of night. Darkness all around you except for the stars in the night sky and the lights on your yacht, or some other boats far away in the distance.

The nocturnal environment brings a calming that sailing during the day, even on the most tranquil of waters cannot compare to. The solemn intimacy amongst the moon, the stars and the sea give an overall spiritual serenity and enhances one’s emotional composure. One cannot deny the fact that seafaring at night offers a different and unique sailing experience.

catamaranIn the light of wanting to try this one-of-a-kind sailing, there are a lot of things that need to be considered. Not all are adept and well verse in navigating the seas at night, and doing things in the dark can be much more challenging than in the light of day. It is quite a feat to sail after nightfall; however, it can be an extremely rewarding experience for those willing to learn the skills required to do it.

If you are interested in taking a night-time journey across the waters, here are a few pointers to ensure you don’t jeopardizing your safety:

  • Get adequate sleep prior to sailing – As with any activity that involves potential danger, you should always get a decent night’s rest before going night-time sailing. You will need to be wide awake throughout the duration of your trip, be it with some of your friends or alone. You won’t get sleepy if you have a good nap prior to setting off on your journey. It is always nice to be awake throughout your trip to truly savor the glittering stars and enjoy the experience. For safety reasons it is always better to be awake in case of an emergency.
  • Bring some of your favorite snacks and coffee – This is a pretty standard tip for any journey. Whether alone or with others, having provisions with you is very important when sailing at night. It nice to feel the cool breeze of the ocean while sipping a very delicious coffee, and you’re likely to get hungry on your trip too. Having some fruit or your favorite snacks on board will keep you awake and add to your experience.
  • Wear a safety harness – One must be more careful at night, because it is easier to slip or trip in the dark. This is especially important if you are sailing alone or in rough waters. Remember to wear a safety harness and connect yourself to the boat. Prevention is always better than cure.
  • Bring emergency provisions – Going on a night yacht trip will help you relax and escape the noisy world for a while; however there is always the chance that things could go wrong. Bring items you might need in case of emergency such as flares, whistles, food, water, and make sure your yacht is traceable by a GPS.
  • Forget all your worries – This is the only one of our tips telling you to leave something behind. It is nice to contemplate things when it is dark and serene; it is an opportune time to relax and savor the tranquility the sea offers. Forget your worries and enjoy the moment. The sea is at your beckoning make the most of it!

Want to be on a Yacht Racing Crew?

They say that life is a race. Human as we are, experience a multitude of challenges in our lives that teach us how to endure whatever life throws at us. It is innate to us that we are born to vie. We love racing with others, may it be in our work lives, as a hobby or in achieving our dreams. Undeniably, the feeling of winning any race or completing a challenge is elating and euphoric. It brings joy in our hearts and gives us reason to be proud of ourselves.

This idea of outwitting, outsmarting, and outrunning others are very evident in the sport we all know and love.

This racing activity paved its way to popularity and is now a well known water sport. Many enjoy the exhilarating feeling it offers to any audience, and the gratification and pleasure it gives to contestants. One of the most famous yacht racing competitions is the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. This event happens annually each Boxing Day. The race starts in our beautiful city of Sydney, New South Wales and finishes in the quaint and lovely Hobart, in Tasmania. It traverses a distance of 1,170 kilometers or 630 nautical miles, and is known for the difficulty of the route which makes it one of the hardest yacht races on the planet.

Many people dream of racing in this competition but getting a spot on a racing crew is not that easy. Having a high powered and very expensive yacht is a must, but it is not enough to just have a fast vessel or connections in the race; you must also possess certain characteristics to qualify as eligible for the event.

wildoatsxiThe Sydney to Hobart is not just a simple race. You need to traverse a long and difficult route. The record for the fastest time at present is 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds which was performed by Wild Oats XI. As you can see it is quite a long journey that is why all racing crew must be in peak condition before they take on the challenge.

Here are some characteristics you would need to possess to qualify as a crew member in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race:

  • Endurance – this is the first characteristic you must possess because joining a yacht race is not an easy endeavour. There are lots of factors that will make this epic race very difficult and dangerous. It takes endurance to withstand the hardships of trainings and the extreme and intense pressure of the competition itself.
  • Focus – you must have the focus to be able to work as part of your crew for long periods of time, on little or no sleep. In such a hard fought competition such as this there is no room for error. You must be goal oriented and driven because in this race, like any other, the ultimate goal of course is to win!
  • Team Player – racing from Sydney to Hobart is very hard and you have be able to rely on your crew mates, and they need to be able to rely on you. Every member of the crew counts. Each person has a task to do and if they don’t do it properly they let the rest of the crew down.
  • Skillful – you must be talented at sailing. As part of the crew will have a specific task to perform and you must be able to do it diligently. Each task is integral to winning. As the saying goes: “you’re only as strong as your weakest link”,  so the whole team needs to be skillful and strong together to perform at their maximum ability.

You may have done some sailing, perhaps even competitively, and you might think you’re pretty good out on the water, but it’s not that easy. Even if you possess all of the above characteristics you’ll need to put in a lot of training and time to get to an elite level so that you can represent a team in a race of this calibre.

Just being a spectator of this race is rewarding, but this could never compare to that winning feeling of crossing the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart. We wish you the best of luck!

Types of Sails

Before airplanes were invented, people had to rely on traveling by land or sailing to get from one country to another. The sails that they used were primitive compared to the types of sails that we have now. Despite their very basic form, build and material, olden day sails have been able to travel long distances under pressing odds.

An example of a Square Sail

The first known sail was called a “square sail”. It is kept in place under a round spar (a “yard”). The yard is horizontally attached to the mast (big pole in the middle of the boat). The Square Sail has been used in history by many notable figures and entities such as:

  • 1500 B.C. The Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut sponsored a voyage to what ancient Egyptians called “God’s land” or Punt. These sails were made of linen with different colors.
  • 800 A.D. Vikings used square sails made of wool. They reinforced their sails with ropes or cloth. They eventually replaced or strengthened their sails by using leather ropes or sails made of linen.
  • 16th Century – Galleon Ships used square sails set on the job-mast and main mast. These kinds of ships also had a “blinde” which is still basically a square sail placed on the bowspirit. Galleon Ships also used lateen sails.
  • 19th Century – Clipper Ships used square sails in all four of their main masts. These also had “lee-sails” attached to the outer area of their yards.

Square sails are still being used today in training ships. It is most useful during weathers with aft winds, gales or in rough seas. They are balanced with the use of stay-sails for the rigs.

A second kind of sail is the lug sail. This kind of sail is attached to a diagonally positioned spar. These were favored by most Asian countries as seen in the Chinese Sampan boat.

An example of a Lanteen Sail

Next is the lateen sail which is a triangular shaped sail fastened to a long, diagonal round spar. This kind of sail was quite popular during the 15th and 16th Centuries and could be seen around the Mediterranean since the 10th Century.

During the 16th Century in Netherlands, people started using the spritsail. The spritsail was an adaptation on the square rigger in order to fit through narrow seaways.

Another unique type of sail is one that is attached to a gaff. The gaff is a wooden spar with a fork at one end. The boat “America”, which used a gaff sail, won the first America’s Cup in 1851. The gaff sail was then further improved on over the years.

Since then more and more sail designs have been invented such as the trapezoid sails used in the Philippines as well as the Spread Sails or Oceanic Triangular Sail.

Today, the most commonly used type of sails are the Bermuda Sail (also known as the Marconi Sail or Job-Headed Main Sail). These are the standard sail used in touring yachts. They are triangular in shape and set behind the mast.