8 Dos And Don'ts To Ensure Smooth Sailing Aboard Your Chartered Bahamas Yacht

So, you're planning a crew chartered yacht vacation to the sandy shores of the Bahamas. If you've never set sail aboard a charted yacht before, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with on-board etiquette and ship-to-shore rules before you set sail. The captain and crew will most likely greet you upon your arrival, and from there on, you can make your boating adventure a success by following a few simple guidelines:

1. DON'T Ignore the Captain's Run-Down on Pre-Sailing Rules: It will help you maintain order and personal safety by paying close attention to the precautions and rules set by your yacht's captain. Follow guidelines pertaining to smoking, drinking, and personal belongings that are not permitted on board. Don't dismiss any detail as being insignificant, or you could be compromising your own safety as well as the safety of others aboard the boat.

2. DO Have a Pair of Soft-Sole Shoes or Slippers at Hand: You may be asked to remove your street shoes when boarding the yacht. This is typically done as a safety precaution, as well as for maintaining a clean floor. Street shoes may be stored at a specific holding area on board, such as in designated shoe bins. If you prefer, you may go barefoot on board the yacht.

3. DON'T Be Unprepared When Motion Sickness Strikes: Don't let a case of seasickness ruin your vacation. Whether this is your first or tenth time aboard a yacht, you may be prone to becoming seasick. The disruption in your body's sense of balance may cause slight dizziness or nausea. The best way to avoid a case of seasickness is by taking proper precautions. If you're prone to motion sickness, avoid fixing your gaze on the rolling waves of the ocean.

You can also ask your doctor for a prescription or choose an over-the-counter medication made for this purpose. Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine most commonly used for preventing seasickness. You might also try using an acupressure wrist band to prevent motion sickness. Eating a light, non-greasy meal that includes some fruit and vegetables may also help.

4. DO Stay Clear of the Galley (Kitchen Area): It may be considered inappropriate (or even downright rude) to use the galley stove as you please. In some cases, the chef may welcome guests to observe the meal preparation, but otherwise this area is typically reserved for staff or to guests by invitation only.

5. DON'T Leave Personal Items Lying Around on the Deck or Living Area: This space is intended for all on-board guests to utilize. Be considerate and keep your toiletries and cosmetics, as well as cell phone, sunglasses, and towels in a tote bag or back in your cabin.

6. DO Determine the Maximum Wattage You Are Allowed For Power Consumption: The yacht utilizes power inverters and generators for power consumption. High-wattage appliances may not be permissible, however. Before you attempt to plug in a device, ask if it's okay to use.

7. DON'T Bring Back Unclean "Souvenirs" to Your Cabin Without Rinsing Them Off First: The Bahamas is a great place to enjoy walks along the sandy beach, water sports and sightseeing. During your off-shore excursions, you may be temped to carry back some sand-covered shells or driftwood. Doing so is fine, but it's a good idea to either rinse them off first or ask a deckhand to do this for you before bringing them to your cabin.

8. DO Leave an Appropriate Gratuity, Depending Upon Your Satisfaction: You might want to leave a gratuity of anywhere between 10-15 percent of the charter fee. If you were satisfied with the crew and overall service, the lesser amount should suffice. However, if you felt the crew went far and beyond the call of duty, you might want to tip the higher amount. 

For more information, contact a yacht charter like Charter Bonaparte.