Every seasoned crew member understands the unpredictability of the sea, and rough seas are certainly an inevitable part of the job. As you are responsible for ensuring the safety and comfort of both guests and the yacht itself, it is crucial to understand the necessary preparations to make. In this article, we take you through how Superyacht crews navigate the challenges of rough seas, when nature throws a curveball.

Preparing for stormy seas
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1. Weather Forecasting

The first line of defense against rough seas is accurate weather forecasting.

Make sure that your team diligently monitors weather patterns and forecasts to anticipate challenging conditions. Understanding the nuances of wind, waves, and storms allows your crew to plan routes that minimize the impact of rough seas, ensuring a smoother experience for everyone on board.

2. Securing Loose Items

Once the crew is aware of impending rough seas, securing loose items becomes a top priority.

Superyachts are floating paradises – but in rough seas, even the most well-designed interiors can become a potential hazard. Be sure to stow away loose items, securing furniture, glassware, and other accessories to prevent damage and ensure the safety of guests and crew alike.

3. Wear The Right Clothing

When there’s precipitation, air temperature drops and humidity rises.

Consequently, it’s important to pack a very warm outfit, preferably water-repellent. You won’t want to freeze, so get into your gear quickly! Don’t forget life vests and safety harnesses, either.

4. Ensure Your Superyacht Is Dry

Seal all exterior or interior hatches to prevent water from entering your yacht, and maintain a dry saloon by shutting the companionway. If your vessel has a deckhouse, remember to raise its top.

5. Monitor Guests’ Well-Being

Superyacht crew members are not just skilled sailors – they are also hospitality experts.

In rough seas, you should pay extra attention to the well-being of guests, offering support and assistance to those who may be susceptible to seasickness. In the galley, it might be worth opting for lighter and easily digestible meals to ensure that guests and crew members can enjoy delicious cuisine without compromising their comfort.

6. Is There A Nearby Port?

To take shelter, try and locate a safe harbour. Keeping track of nearby locations is a way of ensuring minimal interaction with rough seas. However, not to dock your vessel when there’s a strong offshore wind – but a large enough, protected harbour might be accessible for you.

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