Owning a boat can feel like a huge responsibility. From the day to day maintenance of simply keeping it running, to planning trips with friends and family, a lot of owners wonder if it’s really worth it. When you have that amazing day out on the boat though, chances are you realize that it definitely is worth the trouble.
Planning the perfect outing on your boat with friends, family or loved ones can be a bit daunting though. Since most guests won’t be able to help, you’ll need to do most of the work on your own. You don’t need to stress about it for a week though.
Use this guide to learn more about how you can play the perfect day out on your boat, no matter what the occasion.
Get Your Guest List Early
One of the most difficult things about planning an outing with friends and family members on a boat is figuring out how many people will be coming. Unlike a party at home, you may not be able to squeeze one more person in safely when you’re out on the water.
Plan any outing on the water in advance or take fewer people when you leave the shore. You’ll also find it easier to figure out small details like food and water when you have a guest list well in advance.
Plan Your Menu
Not all boating trips require you to serve a four-star meal, but depending on when you’re going out, you may choose to serve food and drinks to your guests. To do this efficiently and correctly, you need to plan in advance and pick foods that won’t spoil easily while you’re out.
You also need to make sure you have plenty of water on board for safety purposes.
Check Safety Equipment
Boat safety equipment isn’t exactly a whole lot of fun, but if you’re planning a day out on your boat with friends and family, you need to make sure that it’s in place. There’s a good chance nothing will go wrong, but you can’t predict what’s going to happen when you’re on the water.
Along with safety equipment, you should give your boat a quick inspection before your guests arrive. Doing this will ensure the safest possible trip even if you’re just a few hundred yards from shore the whole time.