Spring is officially here! That may not be especially noteworthy to Floridians, who are used to warm weather at other times of the year as well. However, the current weather we’re experiencing in Fort Lauderdale—lows around 70, highs around 80—is a far cry from what it looks like weather-wise for folks in some other parts of the country right now.
Much of the Pacific Northwest is experiencing highs around 50, as are parts of the Great Lakes region. And while Maine is seeing its high temperatures inch up slightly for some of the upcoming days ahead, the lows are still around 40 with a high temperature of 45 expected in the next few days.
Why this up-close look at weather around the country? If you live in Florida and have been considering purchasing a yacht, now’s the time! If you purchase your yacht now and arrange for any necessary yacht services in Fort Lauderdale as soon as possible, you’ll have nearly all spring and summer to enjoy your new hobby, since you won’t have to wait for temperatures to warm up.
If you’re new to yachting, you’ll want to be familiar with some basic techniques before you set out on your first adventure. Among the most important things to know are the following tips:
- Berthing: Be sure not to underestimate the importance of learning how to park your yacht correctly at the marina. There might be only a small amount of room, or windy conditions may make it difficult to berth the yacht. To practice, experts recommend turning the yacht’s engine on and letting it remain in neutral while you walk around the dock on foot to determine which direction to take your yacht.
- Positioning the yacht’s fenders: Once you have your yacht parked, you want to make sure it doesn’t cause damage to any vessel that is parked directly beside it. To accomplish this, observe which parts of the yachts will touch. From there, you’ll know whether you need to adjust your yacht’s fenders to make them lower or if they should remain at more of a mid-level height.
- Tying up the yacht: If you’ve ever tied up a small boat, the process may have seemed pretty easy. However, tying up a yacht can be quite different. A yacht is much heavier than a smaller boat, so the movement of the water and the wind conditions can cause it to sway in multiple directions. You’ll want to brush up on how to tie the lines correctly and make the necessary knots so that the yacht won’t be able to move in any direction once you’ve secured it in place.
For additional details on yachting and sailing techniques, you might find it helpful to take an introductory boating class.
As you move toward making a yacht purchase, you’ll want to make the time to identify a yacht services company in Fort Lauderdale that you can trust. Starboard Yacht Group LLC is proud to offer the right information, the right parts and the right employees to maintain your yacht to the highest level of safety and functionality. To find out more about our services or to arrange an appointment, call us today!