17 Beautiful Boating Anchorages in Sydney

Sydney ranks very high on our list of beautiful places to explore with a yacht or catamaran. It’s no surprise really given its incredible year-round temperatures and epic scenery, paired with access to services and conveniences seldomly available to cruisers.

And while Sydney itself is an expensive city to live in, that isn’t so much of an issue for those who own a vessel. You can legally stay on most Sydney anchorages for up to 4 days and enjoy multi-million dollar views without the associated price tag. Also, you must not stay more than 30-days in any 12-month period in any single location.

Legalities aside, in this guide, I wanted to show you 17 absolutely stunning anchorages you need to drop into.

1. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

You can anchor in Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay which is absolutely stunning year-round! You’ll feel like a million miles away on a sunny day…unless of course, it’s a weekend when the anchorages become absolutely packed out! Still, it’s worth the visit even just for the Instagram likes.

2. Athol Bay

Fancy a visit to Taronga Zoo minus the traffic and parking fees? Well, then you’ll want to anchor in Athol Bay which happens to be one of the most popular Sydney anchorages for cruising yachts, catamarans and powerboats. The wind is minimal here and while you’ll struggle to pick up a mooring ball, you’ll find numerous areas to safely drop an anchor without colliding with another boat, providing you give out enough line.

3. The Spit

If you’re wanting to dock instead of anchor, then drop into The Spit. This is where you’ll find the Middle Harbour Yacht Club whose bistro has some gorgeous views over its small marina and torquise waterways. While berths and mooring balls are hard to secure, you can always anchor out and bring your tender right up on to the sand.

4. Quarantine Bay

There is something eerie about Quarantine Bay as it has a not-so-colourful history as the landing place for many ships in Sydney’s collonial history. Today, however, it’s where you’ll find some great places to anchor your boat without the crowds. You’ll find plenty of sand and swimming potential, paired with some rocky outcrops and if you’re up for it, book yourself in for a ghost tour.

5. Manly Cove

Oh boy! Simply writing this warrants me to get there right now! The vibe of Manly Cove is incredible with so many services such as coffee shops (that’s a necessary service these days, right?) oh so close by. But that’s not all – cafes, grocery stores and even some boutique shopping is only a short stroll from the sand so bring the tender right on up! Just keep an eye out for the Manly ferry which can create quite a bit of a wake during its regular schedule to and from the CBD.

6. Clifton Gardens

If you aren’t so keen to get your boat up into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, then Clifton Gardens is the next best option. It’s perfect if you’re looking to beach your vessel on the sand or simply anchor a little out and swim in. On weekends this area gets a little busy so opt for a weekday if you can. Fancy some fish and chips or a shot of coffee? That’s all available just a short stroll from the water’s edge.

7. Sirus Cove

Sirus Cove is the place to go for those who are cruising with pets. It’s one of Sydney’s most popular off-leash dog beaches and it’s quite sheltered for those windy days while also being one heck of a convenient location! Grab the SUP and have a paddle around while you’re here too, because…well, why not?!

8. Chinamans Beach

If you’re up for some upmarket seclusion then you’ll love anchoring at Chinaman’s Beach. Some of the water here is quite deep and worse still, there is a 50-metre exclusion zone from the water’s edge which applies on weekends. After all, it’s a popular swimming spot for families but you’ll still feel a sense of exclusivity right here.

9. Chowder Bay

Definitely one of the most scenic places to anchor and marvel at one of Australia’s greaterest wonders – the giant coat hanger, also known as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This place is epic for sunrise and sunset photos or, if you’re up for it, snapping some photos of one of the approaching storms. Chowder Bay encompasses Hermit Bay, Athol Bay (mentioned above) as well as Shark Island. For the keen anglers amongst us, you’re in with some luck here!

10. Taylors Bay

Not too many people know about Taylors Bay and its numerous anchorages which are sheltered against the wind. What does that mean for you? A chance to actually score a spot on weekends without rubbing up against other boats who ‘forgot’ their buoys. The beach is small and this place is mostly unremarkable yet a great back-up plan if you can’t get yourself into anywhere else.

11. Watsons Bay

Wouldn’t you just love to experience lunch right there on the beach? If so, then Watson’s Bay is perfect for casual dining or even for take-away. There is a wharf if you’re picking up passengers but you can’t dock here so it’s really ideal if you can either anchor out or bring your boat right up on to the sand. Swimming isn’t as popular (given the risk of shark attacks) but still, it’s a very picture-perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

12. Vaucluse Bay

Fancy spotting some of Sydney’s rich and famous? No doubt you’ll see them basking in the sun at Vaucluse Bay in their mansions right on the water’s edge. This place is not just exclusive but a haven for boaters to congregate from all over Sydney. There is one public mooring but space to anchor too if needed.

13. Balmoral Beach

If you want to swim without the fear of bull sharks taking a nibble, then Balmoral is the place to visit because of its swimming enclosure. Even on weekdays it can get a little busy here given its calm water and large carpark. Fortunately, that’s made up with the numerous shops and eateries dotted along the esplanade.

14. Nielson Park

Almost no one knows that you can anchor a boat in front of Nielson Park and enjoy the beach and walking tracks. If you’re needing some shade then you’ll appreciate the beautiful 100+-year-old trees that line the well-maintained and popular walking tracks here. This is the ultimate spot for a Sunday stroll or just to soak up the sunshine on the beach or on the front sunbaking deck of your boat.

15. Hermit Bay

If you’re looking for a spot to pull up for dinner, then you can’t miss Hermit Bay! There are a couple of courtesy moorings which you can tie up to and admire the beauty of this area, or the gorgeous food being whipped up at one of the various upmarket restaurants. There really is no better place than here!

16. Rose Bay

Rose Bay is one of our favourites here at Cruising Freedom. There are free public moorings available for up to 24 hours paired with numerous safe places to anchor. Better yet, there are some free short-stay berths at the Marina if you’re not able to snap up one of those exlusive mooring balls.

17. Jump Rock

We have left the best Sydney anchorage until last here! You can get to Jump Rock with a quick motor over from either Quanrantine Bay or Manly Cove so it’s perfect if you want to hook into multiple anchorages in one day. Jump Rock isn’t designed for jumping per se but plenty of local teenagers ignore these warnings. Keep an eye out for the larger motor vessels who anchor here due to the deeper anchoarage, as they let out 200ft+ of anchor chain and so they have a wider swing radius.

In Summary

There you have it! Some of Sydney’s best anchorages for boats of any size. Either you want to live on the anchor or take your tender right up on to the beach, you’ll have numerous options to look after your inner craving to be out there instead of the office.

12 Best Sailing Movies To Inspire an Expedition

When life keeps you on dry land, let your mind sail away by watching the best sailing movies. 

Whether it is overcoming massive challenges, dealing with the power struggles of crew members, or learning the meaning of persistence, these sailing movies can grab your attention and make you feel like you are on the water, too. 

So you don’t waste a minute, here is a list of the 12 best sailing movies for your inner expedition. 

1. The Old Man and the Sea (1958)

Based on the classic novel written by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea is an adventure of a solo fisherman. Heading out to sea, old man Santiago catches the biggest fish of his life only to be tormented for days by sharks. By the time he makes it back to safety, he does not have much of his prized catch left to show. 

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2. Morning Light (2008)

A documentary about an open-ocean sailing competition, TRANSPAC, and the young sailors that are put to the test. Endurance, perseverance, and teamwork are the skills necessary to succeed at this adventure of a lifetime. Will they sink to the bottom or rise to the top? Watch this crew of fifteen learn to work together and build unbreakable bonds.

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3. All is Lost (2013)

This highly acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film starring Robert Redford will keep you on the edge of your seat. As life-threatening challenges appear, including a damaged ship, broken navigation system, and a raging storm, this solo sailor comes face-to-face with his mortality. 

In an attempt to survive, he must return to the basics of sailing and navigating the waters while carefully managing the shrinking supplies necessary for survival. 

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4. The Perfect Storm (2000)

Have you ever held your breath while watching an intense movie? From the time you see the clouds roll in, The Perfect Storm will have you struggling to breathe. As a commercial fishing vessel faces turbulent waters and unforgiving waves, the future looks dim. 

A stellar cast featuring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Diane Lane come together to bring this true story to life. It will have you asking yourself just how much a catch is really worth? 

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5. Between Home: Odyssey of an Unusual Sea Bandit (2012)

Do you have dreams of taking a solo voyage? Between Home is a documentary that follows such a voyage from Europe to Australia. Nick Jaffe was a young man who spent four years on a 26ft boat in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – sailing more than 30,000 nautical miles.

With video footage both on and off the boat, you get an up-close and personal look at the feat. You will feel a sense of relief and pride as Jaffe reaches his destination and fulfils his dream. 

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6. Kon-Tiki (2012)

If you are ready for one of the all-time best sailing stories, look no further. Imagine being on a basic raft-like vessel (Kon Tiki, named after an Inca god) facing a seemingly impossible journey from Peru to Tahiti. This journey would take a few months and nearly 4,300 miles. In 1947, this adventure meant solely following the stars and the currents while persevering through to the finish.

This historical drama is based on the real-life expedition of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian scientist who sought to prove that colonization of Polynesia could have been done by American ancestors.

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7. White Squall (1996)

Jeff Bridges stars in this true story about the disaster faced by the Albatross ship that met its ill-fate in May of 1961. Full of teenage boys with a thirst for fun, adventure, and knowledge, the ship sets sail and, though there are power struggles, they begin to learn how to become true shipmates. 

Then, the unthinkable happens. The boys are faced with a white squall storm that appeared out of nowhere. Will they have enough training and skill to survive the catastrophic storm?

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8. Maiden (2019)

Maiden is a sailing movie to empower young females. Based on the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race of 1989. The documentary follows the lead character, Tracy Edwards, as she grows from cook to skipper in the competitive arena. Something that was never heard of before. 

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9. Captain Ron (1992)

Perhaps the only comedy selection on this list, Captain Ron is a lighthearted, quirky film that will have you laughing to the shore. Having inherited a yacht with little knowledge of sailing, a family hires an odd skipper to help them sail through the Caribbean. Pirates, faulty equipment, accidents, and more plague those onboard in an enjoyable, comedic sense.

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10. Maidentrip (2013)

In another empowering female film, sailor Laura Dekker heads out into the blue waters at the age of 14. Her dream? To sail the world. She leaves Holland and heads through the Atlantic and Pacific oceans alone. With much determination and grit, Dekker shows what it means to set a goal and crush it. 

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11. Deep Water (2006)

Many documentaries show sailors reaching their dreams. This one, however, shows just how fragile humans are under the power of the ocean. 

Back in 1968, Donald Crowhurst was a businessman who decided to risk it all and compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. This one person, round-the-world race did not come without challenge – and Crowhurst faced many. 

He chose to keep going despite everything. This is his story. 

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12. Adrift (2018)

Love and adventure do not come without struggle. As a young couple sets sail in this film, their survival skills are tested when they confront a strong and deadly hurricane in open water. Adrift is the perfect mix of love, strength, loss, and resilience. 

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Wrapping Up

There is a sailing movie out there just waiting for you to watch right now. So when you find yourself spending too much time on dry land, spend time with some of these empowering women, dream catchers, strong men, and more who have all been changed by sailing. 

257 Creative Name Ideas for New Boats and Renaming Old Boats

Naming a boat is a big deal.

Not only does a boat’s name reflect on the owner, but the ceremony of naming (and renaming…but we’ll come back to that) your boat is part of a centuries-long tradition.

If I say, Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, don’t the names conjure up vivid images of other times, countries, sailors, exploration–in short, a world of naval associations? 

But choosing a name doesn’t have to be all so serious. Naming or renaming a boat is also an excellent opportunity to express yourself and your values. Though some people fondly name their cars, there’s nothing like the freedom to name your boat. Make the most of your choice!

Renaming a Boat

We want to cover the issue of renaming old boats before getting on with our boat name ideas. 

If you’ve inherited a boat or simply want to rename an existing boat, there are a few extra steps to go through. It’s common for boat owners to go through a ceremony before renaming a ship. It’s supposed to ward off Poseidon, the sea-gods, and his wrath. Although it’s totally up to you, we recommend using some of the following rules before renaming a boat.

Now that we’ve covered renaming an old boat and gotten some preliminary info out of the way, let’s get started on our list of boat name ideas!

257 Creative Name Ideas For New Boats

We split up the list into a few sections to make it a little easier to navigate or zero in on the kind of name you are already interested in.

Haven’t got a name for your new boat like this yacht? We’ve got you covered with this list!

Boat Names Using Given Names 

We’re starting the list with one of the most common ways people name boats–naming them after a loved one, celebrity, pet, or in memory of a person who has passed away.

  • Jolly Roger
  • Robin Hood
  • Harry Potter
  • Joan’s Ark
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Suzie Q
  • BlackJack
  • Simon’s Skiff
  • Long Tom
  • Hey Jude
  • Proud Mary
  • Calamity Jane
  • Next Of Ken
  • Big Bad John
  • Mad Mick
  • Carol’s Choice
  • Murphy’s Law
  • Adam’s Apple
  • Cracker Jack
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Peg ‘O My

Famous Womens’ Names For Boats

We briefly touched on the odd but still popular convention of naming boats after female figures. Looking back among history’s extended register of boats, feminine names are all over the place: Santa Maria is just one of many. The list of popular famous women’s names include:

  • Jenny
  • The African Queen
  • Andrea Gail
  • The Empress
  • My Girl
  • Queenie
  • Soul Sister
  • Island Girl
  • Belle
  • Windy Lady
  • Boss Lady
  • Ready Maid
  • Dragon Lady
  • Cover Girl
  • Southern Belle
  • Pretty Woman
  • Foxy Lady
  • Miss Taken
  • Debutante
  • My Old Lady
  • Princess
  • Liberty Belle
  • Skipper’s Girl

Boat Names Based Off Of Jobs And Hobbies 

They say that everyone’s got a job in this world–why not show off your occupation or favorite pastime on the side of your boat? Publicizing what you do on your boat is a sure conversation starter too!

  • Umpire
  • Playright
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Tooth Ferry
  • Dogman
  • Philosophy
  • Court Jester
  • The Shrink
  • Mad Professor
  • Sportsman
  • Supermodel
  • Scribe
  • Legal Eagle
  • Bootlegger
  • The Bill Keeper
  • El Doc
  • Pill Peddler
  • Nightingale
  • Ombudsman
  • Wordsmith
  • Sealectric
  • Control Alt Delete

Boat Color Names 

Lots of people name their boat after its paint job or the color of the sea or sunset. Using color names is a classic and sophisticated choice–or you can poke fun by naming the boat after some other, random color. The options are endless!

  • Green Light
  • Red Pepper
  • Blue Steel
  • Pot ‘O Gold
  • Evergreen
  • Mellow Yellow
  • Blue Jacket
  • Lady Grey
  • Orange Peel
  • Black Diamond
  • Big Red
  • Silver Hawk
  • Tickled Pink
  • Red Tomato
  • Moody Blues
  • Fiddler’s Green
  • Lady in Red
  • Purple Dream

Birthplaces And Hometowns

Naturally, you can name your boat after your hometown or the place you call home. If you wish you lived somewhere else or dream to live there someday, use those names!

  • Flying Dutchman
  • Britz
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Spanish Eyes
  • Swiss Chocolate
  • French Knickers
  • Kiwi
  • Yellow Rose Of Texas
  • Irish Cream
  • Vienna Schnitzel
  • Brittanica
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • French Kiss
  • China Doll
  • Welsh Rabbit
  • Canada Dry
  • Aussie Battler
  • Celtic Flyer
  • Irish Rose
  • Long White Cloud
  • Big Apple
  • Born Down Under
  • Sand Groper
  • French Champagne
  • Scotland The Brave
  • Pommy Bastard
  • French Mustard
  • Spanish Fly
  • Banana Bender
  • Top End Charlie
  • Swiss Miss
  • Singapore Sling
  • Russian Blue
  • African Queen

Boat Name Ideas From Foreign Languages 

Want to add a little international flavor to your boat? Name her after a Russian novel, a Spanish phrase, or a South African swear word. Take your pick! Foreign language names are exotic, romantic, and full of past histories you can share with friends and fellow captains.

  • Menage à Trois
  • Amigo
  • Miko
  • Papillon
  • Aloha
  • Veni Vidi Vici
  • Carpe Diem
  • L’Allegro
  • Tempus
  • Inka
  • Sirocco
  • Sayonara
  • Mystic Wahine
  • Dolce Far Niente
  • La Mer
  • Quid Pro Quo
  • Alter Ego
  • Kunga Wonga
  • Nangara
  • Carte Blanche
  • Ben Trovato
  • Volver
  • Fait Accompli
  • Rooinek
  • Raison d’Etre
  • Sueno
  • Viva
  • Quo Vadis?

Famous Historical Boats You Could Use As A Boat Name

Are you a bit of a history buff? Count your boat among the list of the most famous ships of all time by choosing a historical boat name.

  • Black Pearl
  • Aquaholic
  • Liberty
  • Mayflower
  • Serenity
  • Pura Vida
  • Bismarck
  • Golden Hind
  • Noah’s Ark
  • The Queen Mary
  • SS Edmund Fitzgerald
  • USS Missouri
  • Yamato
  • Pequod
  • S.S. Minnow
  • Titanic
  • The Dawn Treader
  • The Inferno
  • Queen’s Gambit
  • HMS Victory
  • USS Arizona
  • HMS Beagle
  • RMS Lusitania
  • Niña
  • Pinta
  • Santa Maria
  • HMAV Bounty

Funny/Punny Names For Boats

Now we come to the part of the list that many boat owners might flock to. Giving your boat a unique and funny name–especially with a pun–is a good strategy if you don’t mind the added attention. What can we say? People like a good laugh.

  • Prawn Shop
  • Shakespeare Fishing
  • Seas The Moment
  • A Salt Weapon
  • Presidential DeBait
  • Sea Addicts Anonymous
  • Sea King Adventure
  • Dockter Sea
  • Ecsta-sea
  • Docked Pay
  • Off the Hook
  • Sea For Yourself
  • Playbouy
  • Fishnets
  • Nice Aft
  • Easy Catch
  • La Seavious Acts
  • Liquid Asset
  • Knot Working
  • Bail Out
  • Shore Thing
  • Get Your Fish On
  • Wish You Were Her
  • Fishers Of Men
  • Tide Pool
  • Nothing But Net
  • Ship Happens
  • Boat To Be Wild
  • Speedo Deck
  • Beach Leech
  • Fishing Nemo
  • Docked Up
  • Laguna Matata
  • Tackle Me Elmo
  • Fish Magnet
  • Poop Deck
  • Coral Reefer
  • Sea Señor

Classy Names For Luxury Boats 

To lend a timeless quality to your boat, turn to the classier names. Distinctive, sophisticated, and elegant, these names will make your boat look like it belongs in a James Bond movie.

  • Wanderlust
  • Odyssey
  • Destiny
  • Escapade
  • Bella Luna 
  • Serenity
  • Aquamarine
  • Diamond
  • Misty
  • Magnolia
  • Watercress
  • Symphony
  • The Atlantis
  • Elizabethan
  • The Duke
  • Nautilus
  • Orca
  • Black Pearl
  • Duchess
  • Aristocrat
  • Windsor
  • Peridot
  • Exodus
  • Atlas

Interesting Pop Culture Names

Finally, if you can’t get enough of millennial trends and tastemakers, internet memes, or TV, show off your love for pop culture by naming your boat after your favorite catchphrase, tweet, or ‘80s film.

  • Yer A Wizard
  • Heck Yes!
  • Killin’ Me, Smalls
  • Clever Girl
  • Make Like A Tree
  • Oh, Fudge!
  • Bigger Boat
  • To Infinity
  • Spare No Expense
  • Never Say Die
  • 88 MPH
  • Center For Ants
  • Glass Case of Emotion
  • Mom’s Basement
  • Marty Moose
  • Drawn That Way
  • Wax On, Wax Off
  • A Delicious Bass
  • Favorite Deputy
  • Atreyu
  • Big Pile Of Ship
  • Neverending Story

In Conclusion

Despite all the freedoms you have when choosing a name, we have some final tips to leave you with before the naming ceremony. They’re not hard-fast rules–more like recommendations.

  • Don’t rush in and name your boat after the first idea that comes to mind. Let it stew a while, ask friends what they think, check out the names on boats that dock near yours.
  • Female names were and still are conventional for boats. However, if you buck that trend, there won’t be any uproar. It’s just a curious tradition that keeps living on.
  • Shorter names tend to be more memorable than overly long phrase-names
  • Many people pick boat names that match their type of vessel. You’ll see a lot more yachts called Wind Seeker than houseboats named Zephyr.
  • Check out the NOAA list of registered boats to see if your name is common or one-of-a-kind. (For Canadians, click here, for the EU, click here.)

5 Picture-Perfect Anchorages for Boats On The Gold Coast

So you’re looking to spend some time on the beautiful Gold Coast. Despite all its glitz and glamour, there are numerous places where you find solitude away from all the influencers.

If you’re needing a place to anchor your boat, then this is where I’d be starting.

These are the best boat anchorages on the Gold Coast:

1. The Spit

One of the most popular places on the Gold Coast for sailing and powerboats is The Spit. You can certainly stay here overnight, and I’ve seen old sailboats anchored here for years.

Now, this Gold Coast anchorage gets real busy on weekends and around public holidays. This is due to its premium location (on the inner side of Main Beach) but the evenings/nights are real quiet. The waterways authority does patrol this area and according to QLD maritime laws, you can only stay anchored here for 7 days, as per this guide.

2. Tangalooma Wrecks

If you’re wondering where all the influencers hang out on those balmy summer weekends, it’s here! Get here early if you want a solid holding on the sandy bottom in around 2 to 5 metres of water. Better still, if you need supplies, you can get yourself over to the Tangalooma Island Resort provided you get yourself a day pass prior. If you need a mooring ball here then you’ll need to book this in advance.

Tangalooma is popular for boat parties so if you’re seeking a quiet anchorage, then this wouldn’t be my first choice. Fortunately, the Gold Coast has plenty of space to spread out and truly get away from the crowds. After all, that’s why we own a boat…right?

3. The Broadwater

If you’re a cruising yacht or catamaran and needing some supplies, while getting into more of the touristy things, then The Broadwater is where you’ll want to be. Anchoring can be challenging during weekends and public holidays, and especially when fireworks are scheduled at the Broadwater Parklands.

One of the best things about anchoring your boat in The Broadwater is the location to Australia Fair and China Town. You can get all the shopping you need done by taking your tender over to the Southport Pier, paired with endless trails to cycle, run or go for a casual stroll. There is even a natural swimming lagoon that is netted to guard against stingers and bull sharks which roam the canals.

4. Southern Moreton Bay Islands

While the 3 options listed above a great, there happens to be a multitude of islands on the Gold Coast. The Southern Moreton Bay Islands National Park happens to be one place you gotta visit with the tender.

For an overnight stay, I recommend Eden Island, Coomera Island or even the eastern side of the Never Fail Islands but you’ll want to check your chart plotter closely. If you’re a member of the Southport Yacht Club, you can find excellent camping on The Broadwater over on Dux Anchorage.

5. Jumpinpin

A popular place for kiteboarding on the Gold Coast is Jumpinin given its clean wind and calm waters most of the year. It also happens to be a great place to anchor a sail or powerboat for a few days and enjoy those cool coastal breezes on warm sunny days.

Now, I placed this one last on the list as it can get a little noisy with the jet skis zipping past, especially on weekends. That said, for the kiteboarding enthusiasts amongst us, this is one prime spot that should be on your bucket list!

Getting Started

There you have it! Some excellent Instagram-worthy anchorages on the Gold Coast for cruising catamarans, yachts and powerboats. The region is unique being 99% sand and some charts can become outdated within weeks with emerging sandbars, so keep a close eye on that depth gauge!

27 Sailing Tips for First-Time Voyagers

Thinking about sailing out on the water for the first time? You’re probably a little nervous but excited too. But before you rush down to the dock and cast off the lines, there’s a few things you’ll need to know. That’s why we’ve put together a list of sailing tips for your maiden voyage.  

Understand the Basics

1. The American Sailing Association lists three items every sailor needs to grasp. These include the wind, the sails, and the points of sail. Being able to monitor the wind’s speed, direction, and changes is important. 

But it’s also important to understand how your boat’s sails use the wind and which ways the boat can go.

2. Learn what the different parts of the boat are called, such as keel and stern. Become familiar with what common sailing terms like heel and mainsail mean. 

3. Enroll in an online sailing or 101 certification course. You can search for online or in-person classes in your area. Or you can start with professional organizations like the United States Sailing Association.

Start Small

4. Choose a day with good weather. You don’t want to learn to sail when there’s a thunderstorm in the forecast. Start on a clear, sunny day in calm waters.

5. Pick a smaller boat that’s easier to navigate. Some experts recommend learning on a dinghy, while others say you can begin on a 22’ keelboat. Whatever boat you choose, make sure the sails and equipment are not too complicated. 

6. Have an expert on board. You wouldn’t learn to drive a car without an experienced driver by your side. And, you shouldn’t embark on your first sail without someone who knows the ropes either.

Invest in Your Adventure

7. Stock up on protective equipment. This means getting a life jacket, other flotation equipment, a wetsuit, boots, and everything you need to stay warm and dry.

8. Don’t forget about licenses. Depending on where you’re set to sail, you may need different licenses for your boat and radio equipment. If you plan on renting, you probably don’t need to worry. However, it’s still a good idea to check your area’s rules for sailing.

9. Prepare for your journey. Stock up the boat with enough food and water before you go. Expect the unexpected and have plenty of clothes in case the weather changes or there’s an emergency.

10. Ask other sailors. If there is a local group of sailors or an online forum, ask them how they prepare. Learn from others’ mistakes and insights.

Safety First

11. Follow the obvious. Let someone on land know when and where you’re sailing. That way if something happens, they’ll know you and your boat may be in jeopardy. If you don’t know how to swim, learn now.

Yeah cowboy…this probably isn’t the best idea for your first time sailing.

12. Plan your route. Have an idea of where you’re going. Make a copy of your route and leave it with someone on land. Stick with areas you know. 

13. Know what the weather’s going to be like. Research the forecast, including how strong the winds and tides are going to be. If you think there might be a few surprises in store, you can choose another day.

14. Become knowledgeable about changing conditions. There are several ways to tell if the forecasters got it wrong. Ask fellow sailors how to look at the clouds and determine there’s trouble coming.

15. Know your currents. Before you set sail, you’ll want to check the area’s currents. Learn how they travel and switch directions. It’s best to sail with the currents instead of against them.

16. Understand tides and water changes. A tide schedule or timetable can help you avoid large waves. Try to avoid going out on the water when the winds go against the tides. To avoid shallow areas, understand how to read differences in the water’s appearance.

Know Your Way Around the Boat

17. Be mindful of the boom. The boat’s boom is a large, heavy bar located at the mainsail’s foot. Be aware of when and how it’s swinging across the boat to avoid getting hurt.

18. Learn navigation tools. Become familiar with how all of the navigation equipment and lights work. Learn what different signals mean and when to use them. Know how to use less sophisticated tools in case your onboard instruments fail.

19. Know how to use the winch. Learn safety guidelines for raising your mainsail and keeping your hands free of the winch and the line. Ask more experienced sailors to show you best practices, including safe ways to remove the winch handle.

20. Practice steering techniques. When driving a car, you need to know how to master the steering wheel. The same is true for boating.

21. Learn how to tie knots. Check out some online videos or ask an expert about basic knot tying techniques. You’ll need these when you’re out on the water and when you come back to shore.

22. Drop your anchor. Want to stop and rest somewhere? Learn the proper way to drop your boat’s anchor and pull it back out of the water when you’re ready to go again.

23. Avoid collisions. Chances are there are going to be other boats out on the water. Know who gets to pass first and when. Study the unique rules for the areas you’ll be sailing in.  

24. Command the sail. Get training on adjusting your sail to the wind. Know how to master turns and stop adjusting.

25. Understand different roles. Learn what each crew member does and how those roles fit into making a successful team.

26. Conduct emergency drills. The best way to prepare for an emergency is to practice. Do dry runs for someone going overboard, capsizing, and on-board fires.

27. Don’t give up. Keep practicing until you master the basics. Remember that learning how to sail takes time and help from your fellow mates!

We hope these sailing tips have helped you get ready for your first voyage. Fair winds ahead!   

Can You Use A Pontoon Boat In The Open Ocean?

What Is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats are a lake-lover’s dream. Invented in 1951 by Ambrose Weeres, a farmer from the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” aka Minnesota, he came up with the concept for a motor-propelled, large, flat deck held up by bouyant barrels on each side which allowed users greater space to stretch out and enjoy themselves on the water.

It was quite the change from your typical flat-bottom fishing boat or canoe that really only allowed one or two people to sit. And while Weeres original idea was a bit crude in design, the concept proved to be a popular one.

Since then, the pontoon has been improved on many times over making it the popular luxury craft it is today.

Why Do People Love Pontoon Boats?

One could list at least a dozen reasons why pontoon boats are so desirable. Below are but a handful:

Increased Deck Space

Pontoon boats let you move about freely allowing for greater socialization. They also provide a lot more room for accessories like lounge chairs, BBQ grills, fishing gear, coolers, or even a standing bar.

Shallow Water Navigation

Rather than cut through the water, pontoons are designed to sit on top of water and smoothly glide through it. This allows them to navigate easily in shallow waters. There is far less risk of running aground with a pontoon boat, and that also means less risk of damaging the bottom of your boat.

Family Fun

Early pontoon boats may have been slow and sluggish, but modern designs offer a great deal more creature comforts, including speed. Today’s pontoon boats can tow water-skiers or tubers behind them. They can even be outfitted with water slides.

Easy Maintenance

Most pontoon boats are constructed using high quality marine-grade aluminum which requires little maintenance. There’s only one caveat. While perfect for freshwater adventures, aluminum does not stand up to saltwater and will quickly corrode. If you have a pontoon boat ocean outings with it will require some extra work.

Can I Take a Pontoon Boat Out in the Ocean?

The short answer is yes, but before you rush to action, you need to be aware of the risks and considerations with any pontoon boat ocean activity and act accordingly.

Check the Weather

Never, ever take your boat out if there is inclement weather in the forecast. This is really common sense behavior for any type of boat, but especially for pontoon boats! They are simply not designed for rough waters. Also keep in mind that foul weather can come up in very short order, so don’t venture out too far from shore. You’ll want to get back quickly if a storm starts brewing.

Protect Your Pontoon Against Galvanic Corrosion

As noted earlier, while aluminum is a convenient lightweight material, when introduced to saltwater, it is also highly susceptible to galvanic corrosion. So if you’re going to put your pontoon in saltwater, you’ll want to protect your investment by applying an anti-fouling and anti-corrosion paint to the bottom.

The American Boat and Yacht Council recommends treating aluminum boats with an anti-fouling paint that provides a high electrical resistance barrier between the aluminum and water.” This type of paint also protects your boat from marine-based organisms such as algae, slime and barnacles that can negatively impact the speed and fuel consumption of your boat.

Consider Your Boat’s Construction

Pontoons are great fun, but their flat, lower-to-the-water design isn’t constructed for traveling on the high seas. That being said, pontoons of medium width and length with three tubes (tritoons) are less likely to capsize than those with a shorter, dual-tube design.

If you do encounter rough waters, that normally appealing flat deck construction is going to be a handicap. Water can easily flow over the front bow and onto the deck. The best thing to do in this situation is head to shore by riding into the waves steering your boat at about a 45 degree angle. Also, maintain an even speed as you go over those waves as you want to try to keep your bow a bit higher over the water.

Maneuvering a pontoon boat through heavy wakes is not a good time to find out if you can manage it, so be sure you know how to do this ahead of time. A good way to “test the waters” is to try out your pontoon boat in a bay or on an intracoastal waterway. The waters are calmer, and you’ll get a good feel how well your boat and you can handle ocean waters.

If visibility becomes a serious issue, slow your speed and turn on all your lights. Make sure you and your passengers put on their PFDs and sound your horn regularly. If you can’t see well, other boaters are likely to be experiencing the same problem.

Remove Unsafe Accessories

Cookouts are usually fun events that bring together family and friends of all ages for a good time. Just imagine how much more fun one can be when the cookout takes place on a pontoon boat! It bears noting, however, if you’ve outfitted your pontoon as a BBQ boat waves can create a serious danger on open ocean water. When taking your pontoon boat on the ocean, remove the BBQ and save it for a calm day on the lake or for dry land. For that matter, one should also remove any piece of equipment that might make your pontoon boat top heavy. The idea is to avoid throwing off your boat’s center of gravity.

Distribute Weight Evenly

Be it your passengers, your unsecured cargo, or your installed equipment, if the weight on your deck is distributed unevenly, there will be increased risk of your pontoon boat capsizing in rough water. As noted earlier, if yours is a BBQ boat waves can destroy or move the BBQ around unsafely and cause injury to your passengers. The same can be said of V-bows and tow bars, fishing gear, lounge chairs, bars and any other item with weight. For maximum stabilization, keep your equipment to a minimum and make sure the body weight of your passengers is evenly distributed.

Make Sure You Have the Right Safety Equipment Aboard

Always follow the safety guidelines provided in your owner’s manual, and keep on board any required safety equipment. It is especially imperative that every passenger has a properly-fitting PFD any time they are on board a vessel–on the ocean or otherwise. Additionally, don’t exceed the maximum number of passengers allowed.

So Should You Go For It?

All things being equal, pontoon boats are really made for calmer waters, and any saltwater adventures should probably be limited to calm, sunny days on a protected bay. That being said, it’s your boat. If you’re going to go for it, make sure both you and your vessel are well prepared for whatever the waves may bring you.

How Much Does It Cost to Live on a Catamaran?

You have most likely watched one or two YouTube videos about living on a catamaran. You can sail to amazing destinations, immerse yourself in a wide variety of different cultures and answer the call of the sea.

The lifestyle is extremely appealing and conjures visions of exotic ports, soft ocean breezes and the sweetest of dreams. Before you decide to completely change your lifestyle, you need to be aware of the cost involved.

The Costs

If you intend to live on a catamaran full time, your overall cost is between $3,000 and $12,000 per month. This is dependent on whether you are single, have a family, boat maintenance and the size, condition and age of your catamaran.

There are also numerous variables you need to consider such as your lifestyle, hobbies, the amount of time you spend traveling, your region and whether you spend most of your time in a marina or at anchor.

The Location

Your location will impact your cost. If you are in the United States, your cost is cheaper provided you’re choosing to anchor as opposed to using marinas. If you prefer an island in the Caribbean or the Bahamas, your cost increases significantly. This is because everything available on an island, such as food and spare parts, must be shipped in. Your best option is to stock up on everything you can including water before you leave the mainland.

Travelling by sailboat in the South Pacific is a lot more expensive than in South America. If you plan to cruise the South Pacific or the Mediterranian for at least six months, your cost will increase by roughly 50 per cent in comparison to numerous areas in the western hemisphere. Before you set sail, research your desired location to prepare yourself for the costs.


You need to take your lifestyle into consideration. If your lifestyle on land is considered extravagant, your cost to live on a catamaran will be at the higher end. If you are willing to make a few sacrifices, you can lower your cost considerably. Do you require premium foods and beverages? Will you be satisfied with the local cuisine or catching your own fish? Are you willing to pay extra for your local brands?

The amount you are currently spending on food will not change much. You can reduce your expenses by eating on your catamaran and only dining out occasionally. In addition to exploring the beaches and oceans, you will be spending time on land. Do you intend to spend time in hotels or sleep on your boat? A lot of people visit the Mediterranian specifically for the culture and food.

Keep in mind you can spend time enjoying the local culture without eating at expensive restaurants or purchasing costly souvenirs. Spending your time learning about the culture, meeting new people and socializing is not expensive. Yes, you will need to leave your boat, but the way you spend your time when you do will affect your costs. Are you willing to settle for inexpensive cuisine or do you require only the best?

Air Conditioning

Depending on where you live, you may be accustomed to having air conditioning. Do you require a catamaran with air conditioning? Will you be satisfied with the fresh air coming from wind scoops and keeping out the rain? Do you need air conditioning when you are sleeping? If you are traveling to a cool destination, this is not an issue. If you plan to sail to the hot and humid tropics, air conditioning will increase your costs to the higher end of the scale.

Marinas and Fees

Do you plan to spend a lot of time in a marina or will you be content at anchor. The more time you spend in a marina, the higher your costs. Depending on your catamaran, you will only need to be in a marina for two days for every 10 you spend at anchor. This is more than enough time to fill your fresh water tanks, pump out your black water tanks, connect to power to ensure your batteries are charged and do your laundry.

The majority of marinas provide laundry facilities. Do you plan to use them or send your laundry out for cleaning when in a marina? You also need to consider the marina fees. The costs differ for each marina and location. Your cost will be about 50 percent more for a catamaran than a monohull. Your average cost per night is between $1.25 and $3.00 per foot. If you have a larger boat, your cost per foot can increase.

If you are staying for a minimum of six nights, your cost will decrease. You need to include these costs in your budget. Do you plan to purchase a catamaran enabling you to live off the grid? If so, all you need to do is plugin, get recharged, clean up and head back out. You may have no choice other than a marina when there is a tropical depression or the weather turns bad. You can save money by avoiding certain regions during cyclone and hurricane season.

Living at Anchor

Living at anchor is often called boondocking or living off the grid. This is when you do not have access to water, electricity or sewer. If you intend to save money by living this lifestyle, you need to be prepared. This means making certain you have enough electricity and water and big enough tanks for your sewage until it can be properly dumped.

The available solar power must be enough for your lifestyle. Your batteries must be able to store the power you require. Consider how often your generator will be running. This will require plenty of fuel and increase your expenses. Before you proceed, you need to decide exactly how you plan to live, make the necessary preparations and ensure you have enough money to cover your expenses.


Do you plan to drink while you are cruising? If you are on a budget, limiting your alcohol consumption will save you a lot of money. You can also drink what the locals prefer as opposed to an expensive import. The cost of alcohol depends on your location. In some areas drinking in a restaurant or bar is significantly cheaper than drinking on your catamaran. Your lifestyle will determine how much you spend on alcohol.

Maintenance and Repairs

One of your biggest expenses will be maintenance and repairs. Your boat will take a lot of abuse. The more you sail, the higher your maintenance costs. Do you plan to purchase a new boat or will you be satisfied with an older model? Maintenance and repairs will cost you less for an older catamaran. Approximately 10 percent of your cost per year will be for maintenance and must be included in your budget.

Repairs are simply a part of living on a catamaran. Do you have the knowledge and skill necessary to make some or all of the repairs yourself? If you pay for repairs, your cost will depend on the region you are in. If you budget for more than you spend, the extra money can always be used for your budget next year.

Water Makers vs Water Tanks

Do you plan to purchase a catamaran with a water maker or a water tank. If you do not intend to visit a marina often, consider purchasing a water maker. Your cost will be between $8,000 and $10,000. Your water maker will require electricity for the pump necessary to force the water through the filters. Will your water maker require a generator or run off solar power?

If you intend to use fresh water tanks, you will need a way to capture the rain. You can purchase a boat with a trough system. This will enable you to capture and divert rainwater. You can also purchase a catamaran with its own system. Your costs will be affected by your choice.

Sewage Tank vs Composting Toilet

You need to give some thought to sewage. If you are far enough from land, your sewage can be dumped acceptably and safely due to the size of the ocean. In many regions, you will be unable to dump your sewage when you are within a certain distance of the mainland or an island. You do not want to dump your sewage when at anchor because it will affect anyone diving around your boat and can wash up on the local beach. You need to determine how often your tank will need to be dumped.

One of your options is a composting toilet. You can use this type of toilet for a significantly longer period of time before you have to dump. If your catamaran does not already have one, consider having it installed. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve. Despite this, you should be able to get used to it fairly easily. A lot of sailors claim there is less odor from a composting toilet than an electric model.

Hobbies and Activities

You need to decide what you want to do during your free time. You will not always be sailing, cleaning your boat or repairing your catamaran. Even though working on your boat will require a lot of time, you will have plenty of free time as well. Are you interested in snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving, hiking, surfing, exploring, touring, paddle boarding, fishing, kiteboarding, writing or reading? You need to figure out the cost of your hobbies and activities and include it in your budget.

Sailing vs Motoring

The advantage of sailboats as opposed to power boats is you can sail or use the motor. You will need to use your motor at certain times due to the currents and weather patterns in the region. You need to be aware of the weather for each season in the region you have chosen to sail and plan ahead. A good example is the extra fuel you will burn due to heavy winds.

You will be able to sail more, motor less and save a lot of money if you are patient and do not enforce any deadlines. You need to have an idea as to how often you will be using your motor to plan for the expense of your fuel. Your costs will also be affected by the season in which you are visiting the region.

Rental and Touring Vehicles

Although touring is considered a hobby, it is often classified as a special item. If you plan to visit an area with incredible on-shore excursions, you need to be sure you have enough money in your budget to cover the expense. The last thing you want is to sail to an area you have been dreaming about only to discover you do not have enough money to participate in most of the activities.

Depending on the area, you may need to budget for a rental car and a place to stay. If you plan ahead, you will not be forced to remain on your catamaran when there places you want to visit, cuisine you have been looking forward to trying and cultures you want to spend some time exploring.

Type of Catamaran

Your cost will be affected by the size, age, condition and type of catamaran you decide to purchase. The difference in cost for a catamaran a few years older is in the thousands. If you are handy consider buying a boat that requires a little work. Look at the condition of the boat including the sails, dingy and electronics. If you purchase a catamaran in the Caribbean you will pay an average of 10 to 15 percent less than purchasing the same boat in the United States.


If you do not have the funds to purchase your catamaran upfront, you can get the same type of financing you would with a car or home. Every company has different qualifications and interest rates. The amount of your downpayment and interest rate depend on numerous factors including your FICO score and the age of the boat. The interest rates are consistently changing.

Your best option is a lender specializing in marine loans. In most cases, you should be able to secure a decent rate. Make certain the lender you do business with is reputable, and check the clauses as you want a lender who allows you to take your boat into international waters.

7 Ways To Protect Your Motor Yacht or Ship Against Pirate Attacks

A Motoryacht is also known as a power vessel. It is used primarily for pleasure cruising and has amenities that guests can use overnight.

Cruising on a yacht is quite a luxury. Although movies romanticize pirates, and it all seems like fiction pirates do exist. In real life, a pirate attack can be quite traumatic.

When pirates attack a yacht, they rob guests of their money and passports, and often they have guns. Piracy rates have increased dramatically, so before you set off on a cruise, you need to ensure that the area you are visiting is safe. Ensure that you also have security.

Since piracy is on the rise nowadays, new amenities and technology are being added to yachts to ensure guests’ safety and comfort on board. The shipping industry continues its fight against piracy.

Yacht owners are spending millions to set up military-style technology on their yachts, and they train their crew on how to avoid conflicts. The security on vessels ensures that the guests, assets, and staff are well protected.

Most yachts are now equipped with some of the best non-lethal weapons, hidden armed panic rooms, and secret escape pods for the utmost safety. Listed below are ways to protect your yacht or catamaran against pirate attacks.

1. Citadel Armored Escape Room and Escape Pods

The concept of hidden citadel rooms is gaining popularity and being incorporated in both new and existing superyachts these days. They are fully equipped with their water, ventilation systems, communications, and food supplies.

In case of a pirate attack, people on board can get into the hidden citadel room and stay put until help arrives. The advantage is that the room has the amenities mentioned above while ensuring that everyone is safe.

As a yacht owner, you can have a sense of peace knowing that everyone aboard your yacht will be safe and protected in case of an unforeseen pirate attack. Ensure that this room is only used during an emergency.

A citadel escape room can only be installed in a yacht that is 60m in size and above since it requires a lot of space. You should note that you are more likely to be a target if you have a large vessel compared to a regular-sized yacht.

Some developers are in the process of attempting to create emergency escape life pods. The pods feature high impact resistance with a global positioning system, temperature control, air purification, fire barrier control, and watertight.

2. Anti Drone Protection

It is essential to have anti-drone protection because it identifies and detects drones up to 20km plus within your range. It also provides the drone’s speed, where it is heading, and the GPS position of both the pilot and the drone.

If the drone spotted is established as a threat to your yacht, the anti-drone protection system will enable a 500m plus electronic zone to be created around the yacht. This zone is an exclusion zone, which means if the drone approaches the exclusion zone, its video or control signal will be blocked by it.

Once it is blocked, it will be forced to go back to its operator, or it will have to land. There are various anti-drone protection systems in the market that you can choose from depending on your needs. Some offer features such as capturing and recovering rogue drones while they are intact and with their payload safe.

It is essential to have an anti-drone protection system since you can prevent pirates from spying on your yacht, which helps prevent your crew and guests aboard from getting attacked. The use of drones for spying purposes has been on the rise since anyone can buy and learn to operate a drone.

While shinning a bright light at a drone to prevent it from getting any footage is also a solution that could work, you may not always be aware of drones capturing footage from your yacht. Understand the system so you can tell when you are being attacked and how to retaliate.

Pirates can use drones to deploy explosives or poisonous gases, so you need to ensure that you can defend yourself against such an attack. With a unique system, you will be able to identify a threat in good time. Therefore, ensure you get a protection system that will best protect your crew and guests from any danger.

3. Underwater Sonar Detection Systems

Underwater sonar detection systems can detect, identify, and track divers or any underwater vehicles that could be approaching your yacht. It does not matter which direction they are coming from.

Once they are detected, the security personnel will be alerted of the imposing threat. Underwater detection systems can identify any impending targets or threats for up to 1200 meters range.

An example of an underwater sonar detection system is the sonardyne sentinel. It is lightweight and small. It can quickly deploy off a boat, install in a fix, or port along a coastline. This gives your yacht an underwater security shield instantly. There are various underwater sonar detection systems, but some can only be used by the Navy.

Underwater sonar detection systems also give out the position, distance, and type of underwater threat that they detect in real-time. It is essential to know the intruder’s position because it is easier to deploy the right security measures.

You could either emit acoustic signals or send a boat to the position the diver is located. An element can be incorporated into the system to send a message to the diver, letting them know they have been detected.

You could either send this message in real-time or pre-record it. However, note that underwater detection can be complex and complicated as it is affected by an environment. For instance, sonar surveillance tends to be more complicated in warm waters.

If you find the right underwater sonar detection system, it will offer you a comprehensive detection system even in warm waters. Ensure you consult with an expert so they can help you pick the best underwater sonar detection system.

4. Long Range Acoustic Device

Long range acoustic device (LRAD), also known as sound cannons, is a non-lethal anti-piracy device. It drives away any intruders by using pain-inducing sound beams. An LRAD is a sonic weapon that produces a high-pitched noise that is higher than the average tolerance level of a human being.

Initially, LRADs were only used in cruise and cargo ships. However, they are now being incorporated into yachts to ensure that any intruders are kept at bay.

There are various models to choose from, and they can be heard for up to a distance of 5km. An LRAD also allows your vessel to warn, notify and hail to any approaching ships at closer ranges with either a pre-recorded or clear voice message in any language you choose.

It ensures that the voice command messages are understood and heard unmistakably by approaching vessels that may not have responded to the radio call. This helps in creating a large standoff zone around your yacht. LRADs can inflict severe permanent harm such as tinnitus, hearing loss, barotrauma, and vestibular dysfunction.

5. Dazzle Gun

A dazzle gun is a laser weapon. It uses green light to temporarily blind and disorients pirates. Its concentrated green light blast can be used both during the day and at night. GLARE HELIOS is a non-lethal visual disruption laser or dazzler that the FDA has approval.

It can be used by both maritime and yachts. It can be used in various configurations such as rail-mounted, integrated into non-lethal systems like remote station operation, and being hand-held.

When an individual approaches the restricted area, the laser will hail to give off a warning to them before shots start getting fired.

A dazzle gun also has a red dot laser that can be used at night and in broad daylight. To ensure that the beam is eye-safe at any distance, it uses the following technologies:

  • Near field detection, which shuts off the laser emission if a person is too close to the laser output.
  • An infrared laser rangefinder determines the distance to a person, and the closer they are, the lower the laser output.
  • A motion detector that shuts the laser off if there is sudden movement and will turn it on when stability has been regained, and the accurate distance between the person has been re-established.

6. Cloaking System

If you are a first-time yacht owner, you may need to consider getting a cloaking system to protect your assets, crew, and guests from a pirate attack. A cloaking system is essentially designed to offer protection during a limited time, from when the alarm is activated to the time the response team arrives on the scene.

When the alarm goes off, the cloak emits a mist that will confuse the intruders or pirates, forcing them to retreat until help comes in.

The smoke is organic and is created using a special glycol solution, which reduces visibility to less than one foot. A cloaking system can also allow the guests onboard to safely get into an escape room if a yacht has one while the pirates are confused by the emitted smoke.

This way, if the help does not arrive soon, the pirates will not harm anyone on board, since they will be safely hidden in a citadel.

7. Robots for Surveillance

Technology has brought about the creation of a throw-able micro-robot known as a throwbot. A throwbot has a microphone fitted to it to ensure it records audio, and it also has a color camera that captures imagery at 30fps. Therefore, it allows the yacht operators to get instant audio and video footage both outdoor and indoor.

A throwbot is appropriate to use in anti-pirate operations since it is quite helpful. It can be deployed to board a ship then send footage back since it is remote controlled. It has infrared illuminators that help it see in darkness, so low light will not be a problem.

It can also locate objects, whether they are injured or armed, and reveal a room’s layout. It can also allow the operator to see around corners.

The video and audio of a throwbot can be transmitted up to 45m distance through the door, windows, and walls to reach the operator control unit. It is dust and water-resistant and can crawl over various terrains.

Depending on your need and requirements, you can integrate a throwbot with a range of equipment. Several builders have also developed robotic skiffs, which are used to send out distress calls. This is often a strategy used by pirates to bait their target.

If you are a new yacht owner, it will help if you attended safety seminars and consulted with experts in yacht security. You do not have to employ all the listed security measures. Only use those that make sense to your yacht’s size and the routes you plan on cruising.

You must do proper research before setting out on a cruise to ensure that your chosen route is safe. Ensure that you also work with professional and experienced crew members whenever you are going on a long cruise.

You could get bodyguards if you deem it necessary to increase the security on your yacht. Ensure that everyone is walked through the security measures and precautions to take when you set out on a cruise. Walking everyone through steps to follow in case of an attack ensures that they are well prepared and know what protocol to follow.

It is essential to protect your yacht because you will be protecting everyone aboard, and you will also be protecting your asset. There are various other security measures you can employ to ensure your yacht is protected against pirate attacks.

As mentioned earlier, get in touch with a security expert so they can guide you on what the best security measures are and which ones will best suit your yacht. Make sure that the security measures you employ are legal.

What Is A Boat With 2 Masts Called?

Sailboats have held and air of mystique and romance ever since the early explores sailed the globe.

However, the early trade ships were somewhat restricted in their ability to sail into, or against, the wind. As a result, the ships that discovered the new world were slaves to the directions the trade winds were blowing.

Today, thanks to advances in hull design, sail orientation and mast placement, there are numerous sailboat designs that use multiple sail configurations that can travel around the world in any direction at any time of year.

Over the years the types of sailboats have been reduced to a few well-performing designs. These designs are divided into the two main classifications of one-masted boats and those with two or more masts with each mast being capable of supporting one or more sails.

The sloop is the most common type of sailboat and has just one mast, placed roughly at midship, with up to three headsails attached to the mast by guy lines. Boats with 2 masts or more are the ketch, yawl, brigantine, brig and the schooner, with the schooners having two, three, or in rare cases, four masts.


Many sailors like the ketch-rigged design for its off-shore performance, comfort and overall balance. This design has a main and mizzen sail, with the mainsail set in approximately the same position as on a sloop, The mizzen is a smaller mast sail set towards the rear of the boat.

The concept behind the two-sail setup on the ketch-rigged sailboat is that it provides two smaller sails that provide more overall sail area than the single sail design.

In theory the smaller sails are easier to work with in heavy off-shore winds, making the boat much easier to sail in storms. Because of the smaller and easier-to-handle sails, the design is a good choice for long distance short-handed sailing.

The mizzen sail also acts as sort of a “rudder” in helping to keep the boat sailing in the proper direction because of the downward force the mizzen applies to the rear of the boat.

Comfort is another strong selling point of this design. Whereas most sailboats are designed with the cockpit at the stern of the boat, this sailboat has a center cockpit design to allow for the placement of the mizzen sail aft.

Having the cockpit in the middle of the boat allows for more headroom below deck at the rear of the boat and a larger aft cabin. Additionally, unlike an aft cockpit that usually has the rear open to the ocean, a center cockpit is fully enclosed. This offers protection from the elements while at sea and makes for a much nicer sitting area.

The ketch-rigged sailboat is a time-proven rig that has made untold circumnavigations of the globe. For sailors who like the two-mast design, this sailboat is a hard choice to beat.


The yawl is also equipped with a main and a mizzen mast. However, a yawl typically has a smaller mizzen with the mast set aft of the rudder post.

There are as many arguments about whether the yawl is a practical off-shore design as there are species of fish in the ocean. While there are some that site the sail plan of the yawl as more aesthetic than functional, there are many long-time professional sailors who swear by the yawl design.

In theory, at least, the rear mast works as a rudder similarly to the ketch-rigged sailboat. The arguments typically start over the size and placement of the mizzen mast.

Some claim that placing the mizzen further back aids in helping to steer the boat. The other side of the argument is the reduced sail size makes it less efficient.

There is also the point that some sailors feel the mizzen being placed further back aids in heaving, or changing direction, and helps with steadying the boat at anchor.

Still, most sailors familiar with both the ketch and yawl say that the mizzen on the yawl is not a match for that of the ketch-rigged sailboat.

Brigantine and the Brig

Of similar, but not identical design, the brigantine and brig fall into the category of “clipper” or merchant ships.

Both are two-masted boats with the brigantine having square sails on the foremost mast and gaff sails on the mainmast. Here note that the smaller foremast is set forward of mast for the main sail.

Gaff sails are a four-cornered sail design attached to horizontal pole that hangs from the mast. Because of the smaller design, gaffs sails are more easily handled. In contrast, the brig uses square sails on both masts.

Both ships handle both coastal waters and ocean crossings as the square sails are well suited for sailing the trade wind routes.


A schooner is another boat with 2 masts, but can also have more. Like the brig and brigantine, a two-masted schooner has a foremast and an aft mast, the latter essentially being the mainmast.

The main characteristic of the schooner is the masts are almost the same size, with the foremost mast sometimes being slightly shorter. The schooner is equipped with gaff sails on all masts, making it better equipped to handle strong seas.

This makes the schooner very versatile and well suited to crossing the ocean on the trade-wind routes as well as sailing coastal waters with varying wind directions.

Closing Thoughts

Because of the versatile design, many pleasure sailboats during the 19th century were schooner-rigged.

While a square topsail is the most common schooner sail plan, some have sprit rigged topsails that run diagonally across the mast. However, sprit rigging is inefficient in adverse weather as the sails are not easily lowered.

Conversely, sprit rigging excels in coastal waters where the sails can more readily catch the light winds that tend to blow higher up.

While a schooner is easy to sail, can handle various wind and water conditions and is probably the most magnificent sight on the sea under full sail, the draw back of the schooner is it is definitely not the fastest sailboat design.

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