I have been
on good cruises and I have been on bad cruises.
Now I think I know what makes some successful
and others not. Fortunately, most of our cruises
are wonderful. We follow a simple recipe.
A good cruise,
like a good recipe, needs the right ingredients
in the proper measure. When you experiment, as
any chef will tell you, you'd better know what
you're doing. One overpowering ingredient can
ruin the cake. A little salt is great; too much
for a good cruise are people, vessel, time, destinations,
and weather. You might say those are ingredients
for a bad cruise, too. You would be right.
cruise needs is good planning and for the weather,
is your main ingredient. Choose carefully and
mix well. A cruise is a great way to strengthen
the bonds of old friendships, but it is a lousy
way to make new friends. New friends who are also
new to boating may not understand that there is
a limit to the freshwater supply and that long
showers are a no-no. What is your objective? Maybe
you'd like to relax but your spouse wants to invite
the grandkids. Relaxation is probably not going
to happy when your guests include little persons
who like to emit periodic shrieks and who need
a lot of adult attention and supervision. If someone
on board is looking for the perfect cruise, he
or she will be disappointed.
Set the timer.
Some people could cruise from here to eternity
and never tire of it. Others are ready for dry
land after only a couple or three days. The key
here is to know your people, then blend in a window
of cruising time that suits all parties. Don't
try to do too much. Just because the boat cruises
at 10 knots don't expect to cruise 100 nautical
miles in a 10-hour day. This is Vic's law: To
calculate the time it will take to go from point
A to point B estimate the time you think it should
take, multiply it by three, then add an hour for
each bridge that must open for your passage.
boat is your oven (not literally, we hope) so
it has to be working right. Don't wait for something
to break because if you do it will break on the
cruise. Practice preventative maintenance on your
boat just like the airlines do on their aircraft.
There is no such thing as a bad boat but there
are boats that are bad for certain types of cruising.
Some vessels may be just right for cruising protected,
inland water but may not be suitable for an offshore
passage. Know your vessel; know your water. Even
big boats are too small some of the time.
now in its eighteenth year, has twelve engine-powered
vessels in its charter fleet including eight Grand
Banks trawlers and motoryachts from 32 to 42 feet,
a Bayliner 39 motoryacht, a Spindrift 40 motoryacht,
and two Krogen trawler yachts, a 36-foot and 42-footer.