How to Prepare for a Cruise

When envisioning an upcoming cruise, preparing the boat and loading bags on board spring to mind!  For your peace of mind, here is some advice for preparing for a cruise.

☛ 1. Verify the Condition of the Boat

Whether aboard a Jeanneau sailboat (Jeanneau Yachts, Sun Odyssey, Sun Fast) or powerboat (Cap Camarat, NC, Leader, Merry Fisher, Merry Fisher Marlin), before enjoying your escape from the everyday, ensure that your boat is in good seaworthy condition.  Rigging, engine, safety equipment, rudder, valves and through-hulls, etc., this complete tour enables you to cruise in complete safety.  

Whether it is your own boat or a chartered boat, take to sea, do not take risks.

Before leaving the dock, fill up your fresh water and fuel tanks, and fill a jerrican for the tender if it is equipped with an outboard engine; the gauges must indicate that they are full.


Check, too, that the batteries are fully charged, and that you have adequate fuel in the gas bottles.


☛ 2. Safety Equipment On Board 

According to the type of cruising you are planning (coastal, offshore…) you must meet safety regulations and have the list of mandatory equipment on board the boat, as required by Division 240 in France, for example.


Here is a quick reminder:


  • Basic: Up to 2 nautical miles from a safe harbour
  • Coastal:  Up to 6 nautical miles from a safe harbour
  • Semi-Offshore:  Between 6 and 60 nautical miles from a safe harbour
  • Offshore:  Over 60 nautical miles from a safe harbour



On the website of the French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition (METS), you will find the complete list of equipment to keep on board for your safety and that of your crew.  Consult with your local authorities.

See the list of equipment to keep on board a boat


If you are leaving with children on board, install netting on the life lines, and plan to have life vests on board that are adapted to their size.  If you are planning to cruise single-handed or by night, a harness and a life line fixed onto the boat are strongly recommended.

☛ 3. The Weather

As with any trip, a vacation aboard a boat must be planned and prepared for, as well.  Before undertaking a cruise, study the nautical guides even more closely if you plan to discover new places (islands, …).  


Check the marine forecast with the harbourmaster and/or online, and equip yourself with local charts to plan out your full itinerary ahead of time. The tide and current charts, as well as any information in the Almanac or updated coastal guide (required), are also useful.


You will also want to share your navigation plans – including stopovers, and the locations and lengths of time/days you plan to be cruising – with someone who will remain on shore.



☛ 4. The Crew

Verify that your crew is in a good condition of health, so that each member is in good shape for your getaway. Bring a new first aid kit on board in order to respond to any potential injuries (cuts, burns, …), and be sure to keep sunscreen and the essentials on board in case of sunburn (after-sun cream, …).  The sun is treacherous at sea, and it is better to prevent a sunburn than to heal one.


Whatever the conditions, seasickness can occur without warning, and you may need a bucket that is easily acquired from shore.  Avoid at all cost any situations of fatigue, hunger, cold or thirst.


☛ 5. Personal Equipment

As you prepare for your cruise, plan to bring appropriate attire in function with the weather predictions and your activities, and especially in function with the region in which you will be cruising:  base or thermal layers, sailing jacket and foul weather gear or dry suit, and/or swimsuit, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, … all can be stored in the dedicated storage spaces.


Ensure that personal equipment is adapted to the cruising region and to your programme, and that you have the appropriate clothing for very hot days as well as cool evenings on board.


☛ 6. Comfort On Board


Jeanneau boats are known for their timeless design and generous interior volumes.  


Our boats are designed with multiple ergonomic storage compartments to facilitate stowing and accessing your bags and personal effects in your cabins.


We advise you to see that all your personal effects are packed in sacks or soft-sided suitcases, enabling a space savings once they are emptied into the storage lockers and compartments on board.


☛ 7. Provisions

Aboard your Jeanneau, you will find numerous easily accessible storage spaces in which to stock your provisions.  Before leaving shore, ask your each of your crew members about their tastes, and prepare a list of meals in advance.


Do not neglect meals at sea, since you will be physically active all day during the day, and/or even during the night, and you will be exposed to the sun and sea salt, which will dehydrate you.  Be sure to foresee enough water, fresh fruits and vegetables, and starches for the entire crew to maintain their daily activity.


Check with the harbourmaster to see if the local food and supplies store offers a delivery service to the dock


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Now you are ready for unforgettable moments with family and/or with friends!


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