What to bring to go cruising ... the "You + 2 Rule"
Boat owners volunteer their boats and their time; they are not a catering or a cruising service. You are expected to participate and be helpful.
If you are going to be a crew on someone else's boat, practice the "You + 2 Rule". According to the "You + 2 Rule", you bring enough food and drink for you (and your party) PLUS enough for 2 additional people. This way, all have plenty to eat, drink, and share. Talk with your prospective host and see what may be needed.
Other items to bring:
- Non-marring deck or athletic shoes
- Sailing gloves [if you have them]
- Life jacket [if you have one]
- Rain gear [if weather indicates]
- Swimsuit [during the summer]
- Multiple layers [during the winter]
- Dry set of clothes [always a good idea on a sailboat]
- And a friendly attitude. . .
All of the above items are available at Wal-Mart, 3875 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood; or West Marine, 4989 Friendship Road, Buford.
Please remember, boat owners volunteer their boats and their time. They are not a catering or a cruising service. They have invested thousands of dollars in their vessel and have opened it up to you. Offer to chip in and help with the crew duties before, during and after the sail. Ask questions about their boat. The skipper will give you a boat orientation before sailing. If you didn’t understand something, ask for clarification – it will save time and more importantly save your life or someone else’s.
Finally, have fun. The more you mingle with the crew, the more you’ll learn and the more likely you will be asked back at the owner’s invitation. If that happens, you’ve graduated to being a crew member.