Getting your boat back in the water after a long winter break is one of the most exciting parts of the year for any sailor. Perhaps even more exciting though, is imagining what new boat experiences you’ll have this year. Here are some of our favourites to get your imagination started.
1) Sail to Europe
It sounds obvious, and it probably is, but we find too many people tend to sail to the same places year after year. It’s usually because they’re great, but how about swapping just one of them for a fresh adventure round the coasts of France or Belgium? Whether it’s a yacht or speedboat, there’s a million and one new things to see out on the water – from the picturesque little coastal town of Menton to the Flanders coast. Take your boat abroad and experience Europe!
2) Learn a new sailing skill
Whether you have a brand-new boat or been a proud owner for many years, there’s never been a better time to learn some new sailing skills. No matter the size of your craft, learning new and important skills will make you a better boat owner.
Whether it’s staying tied up tighter with a bowline knot or learning visual navigation in case the sat-nav fails, protect yourself and your boat by upskilling. What’s more, thanks to a no-claims discount with insurers like Insure4Boats, it could end up rewarding you as well.
3) Try out some boat DIY
We all hate wasting money, and just like a car – it can get expensive getting someone in to fix every little ding and nick on your boat, particularly when it’s not that difficult to fix some things yourself.
The best place to start is the internet. Boat owners are usually incredibly helpful and willing to share information, so make sure you ask. Whether it’s the right type of paint to use for adding a touch-up, fixing some ripped canvas on one of your sails or replacing a navigation lightbulb – there’s advice, pictures and videos at your fingertips, so there’s no need to be worried. Plus, as new boating experiences go – fixing something properly on your own boat takes some beating.
4) Go Water Skiing
If sailing is starting to feel repetitive – why not try a brand-new boating experience – water skiing? Flying over the waves, building body strength, balance and endurance - it’s a thrilling sport that gives a totally different meaning to being ‘out on the water’.
If you’re worried about injury, then boat insurance experts Insure4Boats have you covered there too, thanks to their Water Ski Liability add-on. Simply take it out along with your boat insurance, and you’ll be protected when water skiing from your boat!
Finally, don’t forget - when getting a boat insurance policy from Insure4Boats, your quote can be tailor-made to suit your needs, so you only ever pay for the cover you want.
What’s more, they have a whole range of add-ons for most of the experiences we’ve mentioned. Decided you will sail abroad? Add-on European Cover to be protected for 60 days on the inland and coastal waters of Europe – and don’t forget about their Water Skiing Liability too!
Plus, to celebrate the start of the new season - save a huge 20% on your boat insurance today. Visit Insure4Boats and get covered for the season ahead with an instant quote. Hurry though, offer expires 30th April 2017. Anchors Aweigh!