Yacht At Night On Ocean

HOW TO SLEEP SAFELY ON BOARD YOUR BOAT

One of the benefits of boating is being able to sleep safely on board your boat. Imagine lying down on the deck and feeling the cool ocean breeze as you stare at the stars above you. The boat gently rocks back and forth as the water laps against the hull, and you’re slowly lulled to sleep. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, to truly enjoy the experience, you also need to make sure that you’re safe before drifting to sleep.

Keep on reading to find out how to ensure your safety while anchoring at night.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LOCATION

Choosing a suitable location for your choice of anchorage is important. This means doing a bit of research before heading out to the water. Ideally, you shouldn’t leave your boat in the middle of the open water as there’s no protection from the weather, wind and waves. There’s also a risk of collision with other boats if you choose a high traffic area. Instead, it’s best to sleep in protected areas such as a cove or an island.

CHECK THE WEATHER

Once you’ve picked your location, don’t forget to check the weather. Even if you’re in a protected area, choose to postpone your boating trip if weather conditions are not favourable.

HAVE A STURDY ANCHOR

It wouldn’t be safe just to keep your boat floating as you head to dreamland. Anchoring should be a no-brainer. You might want to replace your anchor with a larger and heavier anchor for your overnight trip. This is just a precaution, but when it comes to your safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

SET UP AN ALARM SYSTEM

Boaters should make sure that they have an alarm system running so that they can be alerted in case problems arise. You can configure both an alarm and the GPS to notify you if the boat drifts more than a specified distance.

ANCHOR LIGHT

Another safety precaution is having your anchor light turned on throughout the night. You can also leave the stern light on, but make sure to use a low-voltage option, so you don’t deplete your battery.

Spending the night on your boat after a long day of fishing or cruising can be quite relaxing. To fully immerse yourself in the experience, make sure to follow my tips. After that, you can really let go of your worries and sleep safely on board your boat.

 


 

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John Steele
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John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.