10 New Boating Rules: Be Yacht Ready This Summer

We might not all be lucky enough to be invited to spend the summer season in the south of France on a celeb’s yacht, but if you are, or even if you receive an invite to spend some time on the lake this year, then this is the guide for you. Make sure you don’t get #boatblacklisted with a handy guide to boating etiquette for landlubbers everywhere, courtesy of the experts on all things boating, YachtWorld

  1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHING

If it can’t get wet, don’t wear it. Keep it casual from head to toe. Safest best: striped shirt, shorts, boat shoes and sunglasses. Think Prince Harry in the Caribbean or Riri in Portofino. High heels and sneakers need not apply.

  1. BRING FOOD

You should never show up empty handed. Food is a great thing to bring on a boat. But not just any food!  Stick to foods that don’t require refrigeration, make a huge mess and won’t spoil in the heat. Think sandwiches, pre-sliced fruits and veggies, cheeses, and chips and dip.

  1. BRING DRINKS

Again, you should never show up empty handed. Ever. Can’t bring food? Bring drinks. And we don’t just mean boozy ones, though those will be welcomed, but be a hero and bring water. Be a bigger hero and bring a cooler with ice. Red wine is not a thing and don’t be a craft beer snob.

  1. PLASTIC IS NOT OK

Great, you have food and drinks! Now don’t bring them in plastic bags. Plastic bags get blown in the wind and might end up in the ocean. That is why cloth bags and exist and they are easily available. Plastic in the ocean makes you a jerk.

  1. BEWARE THE BLUETOOTH

Being a guest on someone’s boat does not entitle you to play DJ. Do not connect to anyone’s bluetooth to jam your own playlist. Always ask first and have a playlist ready just in case.

  1. DON’T BRING UNEXPECTED GUESTS

When lucky enough to gain passage aboard another’s boat, don’t abuse it. The boat owner will know exactly how many people they can safely have on board and unexpectedly showing up with the whole squad in tow is a bad look. It never hurts to ask beforehand.

  1. KEEP IT CLASSY

Ever see the boating fail videos? Yeah, mind your behavior on someone else’s boat. Have fun but think twice before you do something you’ll regret.  For starters you can get injured and second it will get captured on social media and live on for the rest of eternity.

  1. SPEAKING OF SOCIAL MEDIA- DON’T POST OTHER PEOPLE

It’s ok to capture yourself living your best life, but unless everyone has agreed, sometimes what happens on a boat stays on a boat. See rule 5.

  1. BE CAREFUL WITH SUNSCREEN

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some contain an ingredient called oxybenzone which can threaten coral reefs and marine life. Try sunscreens that use zinc or titanium dioxide instead.

  1. PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF

Nobody likes a messy guest so make sure to pickup after yourself. Don’t leave trash on the dock or your wet towel on the floor.

Don’t get #boatblacklisted. Follow these rules and make sure the boat invitations keep coming this new boating season.

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