To unpathed waters and undreamed shores
What people love about boating
The first boats were carved out of hollowed tree trunks thousands of years ago. Their invention joined islands, tribes, opened trade circles and introduced us to fish as a food source. Think of all the times you’ve crossed a body of water and imagine the world without boats. Nowadays, boating is regarded as a sport or hobby – for some even a way of life – as opposed to a necessary mode of transport. Think round the world races, international regattas, boat parties, glamorous cruises and businesses making millions of pounds. Boat ownership peaked in the 1980s with the baby boomer generation buying the most boats. This generation still owns the most boats today, with the average age of boat owners rising.
The innovation that led to the first ever boats has continued seeing the technology and engineering behind these steadfast vessels go from strength to strength. Ever evolving, boats are still becoming lighter, faster, bigger and smaller. Most recently new designs enabled paralympians to become sailors. But all of this awesomeness will cost you (literally). With so much more of the world at our fingertips and the cost of property and living rising, the throwaway generation aren’t prioritising boat ownership.
We don’t want this exciting industry to sink which is why we’re harnessing the sharing economy to prevent this from happening. Here are the benefits that adventures offshore can bring you…
Health and lifestyle
A taste of adventure and builder of strength
Partaking in sport and adventure is an unrivalled remedy for the mind, body and soul. If you love the refreshing calm brought on by the fatigue experienced after outdoor pursuits like swimming, skiing or horse riding – sailing won’t disappoint. Boating exposes you to fresh air, vitamin d and exercise. It can also take you to new places, and a change of scene is essential if you’re going to have a healthy work-life balance.
Whilst you may view it as a sedentary activity – this depends entirely on your role within the boat. To set up (rig), control (helm) and look after boats requires serious strength. The bigger the boat and more extreme the voyage the more is required. Learning to swim and water ski can burn calories and sculpt beach bum abs. But if rest and relaxation is what you need – you can base yourself on top deck and soak up the sun rays reflected off the water as well as from the sun itself.
Something to do as a crew
Like camping, choosing to base your holidays around marinas (instead of campsites) allows families to get away to places with activities for the adults and the kids – either abroad or in the UK – at a reasonable price. No hotel fees, no noisy next door room. Just as embracing outdoor pursuits when camping brings highs and lows, sailing is a leader in forced team building and bonding exercises… and what’s a family holiday without these?
Developing skills, wisdom, and confidence
You don’t necessarily need to learn the ropes to experience the joys of boating – you can get a skipper to take control of everything for you if that’s your preference. That said if you are looking to learn the ropes, you’ll gain a lot of useful life skills along the way. Boating brings you close to nature and develops knowledge of the wind and tide. It also gives you an enhanced appreciation of travel, culture and the ingenuity of humans. If you take up sailing after football or netball you’ll need to learn some patience. Relying on the elements means that there are no text book answers for every manoeuvre when it comes to sailing. Looking after and learning the workings of a boat teaches you common sense and craftsmanship. If you choose to become your own captain, you’ll learn to tie knots, seamanship (the rules of the ‘road’), safety, chart reading, how to anchor and how to read the weather and water. If you trailer your boat, you need an education in how to launch and retrieve, and how to balance your load; it’s not as easy as it looks.
Boating is all-consuming of your attention. You’re aware of each minute, what’s happening right now, and what’s ahead. When you experience a change of scene you get away from terrestrial worries. When you go sailing, you leave stress behind. You literally leave it on the shore.
You don’t have to own a boat to experience the joy of sailing. You can charter or rent by the hour, day, or month. You can crew for boat owners. You can partner with boat owners who want to share expenses. If even those commitments are more than you desire, you can borrow a boat with a professional skipper on board.