How to be the Perfect Boat Guest

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We all know the proper etiquette for being a guest in someone’s home, but what about being a guest on a boat? Our guest blogger and fellow boater, Louise of Sandy Toes and Writer Woes shares her thoughts about how to be the perfect boat guest while on your next sailing holiday. 

How to be the perfect boat guest

If you’ve not been on many boats before, sometimes boat etiquette can be quite bewildering. With a little thought and consideration though, it isn’t difficult to be the perfect boat guest.

Firstly take your shoes off.

how to be the perfect boat guestJust like in people’s homes on land, on boats its polite to ask if it’s okay to wear your shoes. Deck shoes or white-soled rubber shoes are usually all right on deck, but generally shoes should come off before you go into the cabin. High heels should never be worn on boats because they will mark the boat.

Bring your own towels unless you’re told otherwise.

Laundry can be quite a hassle when you’re on a boat. So unless your host tells you not to worry, it would be a good idea to take your own towels with you if you intend on swimming or lounging in the sun.

Offer to bring bottled water or heavy items.

Most marinas involve a walk from a car or even a supermarket, so lugging heavy items to and from the boat can become quite a chore. If you fancy being really helpful and impressing your host, you could offer to bring some bottled water or other heavy items with you.

how to be the perfect boat guestGifts.

If you want to bring a gift to thank your host, bring something useful. If your hosts like alcohol you can’t go wrong with a bottle of their favourite tipple. Alternatively, small useful things will also always be appreciated. Storage is at a premium on a boat, so large decorative gifts should be avoided.

Be considerate.

Your host will want you to have a lovely time, but be mindful that they’re also supposed to be enjoying themselves. You can offer to help clean up or take the rubbish off the boat with you when you leave. With small thoughtful gestures you can really help your host out and secure an open invitation for future trips.

Don’t use too much water.

how to be the perfect boat guestWater is a commodity on a boat; it comes from a tank with a limited supply. Even if you’re only out of the marina for a short time, your host is unlikely to want to refill the water tank(s) on a daily basis.

Toilet etiquette on a boat.

As a rule- if it hasn’t been through you, it doesn’t go down the toilet. Generally new people will be given a tour of the head and be informed on how to use it. A suitable place for toilet tissue and sanitary disposal will be pointed out but if it isn’t …


If there’s anything on the boat that you’re not sure about then you should always just ask. Then you can relax and enjoy your trip with the knowledge that you’re a great boat guest.


Croatia Yacht Charter with a Skipper

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Croatia is one of the most popular destinations for a chartered yacht holiday. The calm sea, stunning natural landscapes, gorgeous beaches and diverse islands make it an incredible country to discover by boat. If you’re curious about going on a sailing holiday in Croatia, but don’t have a license or have never tried sailing, no need to fret. We can easily arrange to have a skipper for your boat. Here are a few reasons why to book a crewed Croatia yacht charter with a skipper. 

No license?

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You don’t have to be a certified sailor to enjoy a boat holiday in Croatia. Some smaller boats, such as motor boats, don’t require a license, but if you are looking to charter a yacht in Croatia, you will need someone who has the proper qualifications.

More time for rest and relaxation

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If you are seeking a truly care free holiday, a skipper is the best way to go. In addition to navigating and operating your boat, a skipper will help take the stress out of planning your holiday by helping to create the perfect route and ensuring that everyone on board is safe. A skipper is also good to have when sailing with children.

Your skipper is your Guide

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Experienced skippers know the area in which they sail inside and out. Skippers are therefore not only a big help on board, but are also the best guides you could ask for. Sailing in Croatia with a skipper is the best way to experience its beautiful coast and remarkable islands. They can take you to secluded beaches, fantastic spots for cliff jumping or snorkeling, and great restaurants that only locals know about.

Learn how to sail

Croatia yacht charter with a skipper

Sailing with a skipper also gives you the chance to learn how to sail and may inspire you to get your own license in the future. There is perhaps no better way to learn sailing basics than in such a relaxed atmosphere. A sailing holiday is also the perfect way to learn a new skill while exploring new destinations, which is why we try to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to experience it.


Silly Sailing Superstitions

Sailing Superstitions

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There’s an ocean of superstitions surrounding sailing and whether or not you choose to believe them they’re interesting and worth knowing about. I’ve met sailors that refuse to have bananas on their boats for fear of bad luck and even refuse to have anything that has been produced by a company that has banana in the name! We love bananas for snacks especially when we’re doing a passage and have never had a problem! It’s also widely believed that whistling will cause gales and storms.

Lots of mariners believe that it’s bad luck to leave port on a Friday, especially Friday the 13th! I think this is mainly due to the belief that the crucifixion took place on a Friday. We set sail when we have time off work and the weather is good. We don’t consider the day of the week and so far, fingers crossed, have never had a problem.

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Like lots of other things, it’s considered bad luck to change the name of a boat. According to legend, every vessel is recorded by name and is known personally to Neptune, the god of the sea. If you do rename a boat it’s believed you must have a de-naming ceremony. All traces of the old boat name must be stripped from the boat and then the ceremony can be performed. It’s a fairly simple ceremony conducted by writing the current boat name on a piece of paper, folding the paper and placing it in a wooden box which you should then burn. The ashes have to be gathered and thrown into the sea. To rename the boat you should have plenty of champagne (or a good bottle of rum) to pour over the bow of the boat whilst asking Neptune to bless the boat and all who sail aboard her. Crew and guests should also drink some of the offering. Our boat Nocturne has been renamed, she was previously known as ‘Encore’ but the previous owners decided to rename her. We don’t know if the renaming ceremony was followed but we did find a binder with the name ‘Encore’ on it buried in a cubby! Nothing bad has happened to us as a result in the five years we’ve been sailing her! We love the name ‘Nocturne’ and are happy with it, but if one day we happen to have a boat with a dreadful name we wouldn’t hesitate to change it.

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One of the funniest superstitions, in my opinion, is that it’s bad luck to have women on boats! Some salty sailors thought that women aboard would anger the seas. However, it was also said that a naked women would calm the sea, this is why many older boats have a figurehead with a bare-breasted women with her eyes open to help them find their way through the seas. Since I’m a female sailor, I think this one is complete nonsense!

There are many more superstitions of course but these are the most talked about. We’ve disobeyed all of them and ‘touch wood’ we’ve never had any troubles. Wishing you all fair winds!


Our Favourite Destinations for Sailing in Northern Europe

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Our favourite destinations for sailing in Northern Europe

Lidingo, Sweeden

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Explore the marvels of the Stockholm archipelago while experiencing Sweden’s natural beauty and experiencing Swedish culture while sailing on your private yacht from Lidingo. Sailing around the 24,000 islands and inlets that make up the Stockholm archipelago is an experience like no other. Situated close to Sweden’s capital, Lidingo is an ideal place to start your holiday. Lidingo is also famed for the Lidingo Regetta, an event highly esteemed by yachtsmen across the globe.


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Rostock is a charming Hanseatic city, famous for historical treasures and its ideal location by the Baltic Sea. The low current and ideal wind conditions beckons sailors from all over the world to enjoy the long coastline around Rostock. The city is also home to Hanse Sail, the largest maritime festival in Mecklenburg, Germany and one of the largest in Europe. Check out the event on your own private yacht. We’ve got a lovely Vilm 41 Cruiser that’s perfect for your next sailing trip in Rostock.

Jyväskylä, Finland

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Jyväskylä is located in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland, an alluring labyrinth of rivers, lakes, canals and islands. It’s the largest lake district in Europe and boasts some of the cleanest and most pure bodies of water in the world. Get to know the lively city of Jyväskylä, known for its vast cultural offerings, including an intriguing wooden church that has been included on the List of World Heritage Sites then get ready to cruise gently on the placid waters of Finland while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape aboard a Bellamare Deluxe houseboat.

Tromsø, Norway

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Most famed as wonderful destination to see the Northern Lights, Tromsø is also an excellent place for a sailing holiday. This amazing city is only 350 km from the Arctic Circle, making it an ideal location to start expeditions to the Arctic. Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will love Tromsø’s diverse offerings of activities including hiking, fishing, dogsledding and of course, sailing. Tromsø is an ideal location to witness the wonders of Arctic wildlife and natural landscapes, including the fjords. Begin your journey in the Arctic in Tromsdalen.  

Stavoren, Netherlands

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Ijesselmeer Lake is the largest lake in Holland and is one of the Netherland’s most popular sailing regions. The picturesque views, calm waters, diverse wildlife and the charming fishing and trading towns that surround the shores of this lovely lake make it a fantastic place for a weekend getaway. One of our favourite villages is Stavoren, the oldest of the 11 towns that border the lake. Stavoren was one of the most important towns in the Hanseatic League and was a major player in the Baltic Maritime trade in the middle ages. Though not a lot remains from its rich past as a trading town, Stavoren has become a prime destination for water sports enthusiasts.