With the majority of Australia’s most popular destinations dotting along our coastline, it’s no surprise that many travellers hit the water to see all our beautiful country has to offer. We fell in love with sailing when we sailed around Croatia a few summers ago. Our love for sailing was further cemented when we spent a week sailing the Turkish coastline on a luxury gulet! I honestly don’t know if there is a better way to travel. After Croatia we knew we wanted to have another sailing holiday, but after Turkey we knew that sailing was in our future! We would love to learn the ropes ourselves and eventually buy out own sailboat with the intention of mastering the skills required to set off on a sailing adventure of our own. Our friends at Multihull solutions have been kind enough to share with us some of the steps that we (and any other sailing wannabes) will need to get started! So if you have your own sailing dreams… read on!
FIND A SUITABLE VESSEL
Power catamarans are recommended for beginners, and subsequently you can easily source a catamaran for sale in Australia. Simply put, there are two main types of hobby vessels: multihulls and monohulls and within these two categories, there are two subcategories: powerboats and sailboats. Multihull vessels, like power catamarans, won’t heel over as much as monohulls when you get into choppy water.
Not only this, but due to their broader make, multihulls also offer far more interior storage and living space, and have the potential of boasting dual engines. All of this means that you’ll be able to travel longer distances in a shorter period of time, without even having to sacrifice your own comfort. For all these reasons, multihull vessels are recommended for beginner sailors and is the type of vessel we would like to purchase!
In terms of variation in performance from the power catamarans and their sailing multihull counterparts, they both offer their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Similar to the distinction between automatic and manual transmission in cars, a lot of sailors prefer the sailing multihulls simply because they give the sailor more precise control over the vessel, and they have the ability to travel surprisingly fast due to its use of both wind power as well as fuel.
The power catamarans are definitely also undoubtedly powerful vessels that boast a massive amount of strength, and are more likely to provide you and any passengers with smoother rides in a wider range of conditions over the sailing catamarans.
LEARN THE ROPES
Once you’ve settled on a vessel, you’ll need to get yourself a recreational boating license, as well as apply for the licensing and registration of your new ship (as well as a name)! Earning your license will also mean enrolling in some sailing courses in order to prepare for setting out on the wider water. Sailing Australia also offer a vast array of specialty courses in a few other disciplines, like windsurfing, sailboat coaching and even competitive sailing! We are planning to join our local sailing club to try and learn the ropes, before applying for our licences etc.
These are all definitely valuable skills, and will provide even the most amateur sailors with all the knowledge and confidence you’ll need to start adventuring in the open seas sooner!
MAP YOUR ROUTE & SET SAIL
Finally, now that you’re completely licensed, registered and geared up, there’s only one thing left for you to do: pick your destination! Sailing trips can range from your cruising to your local beach to a trip circumnavigating the world!
Self-organised world cruises are definitely the newest thing when it comes to world travel, and with the freedom and independence that accompanies owning your own yacht, you’ll find that the world is yours to explore!
We would love to sail to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef before heading around the South Pacific and our longterm dream is to spend a summer sailing around the Mediterranean!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Multihull Solutions.
All opinions, as always, are our own.