In these uncertain times, as boat owners we have been left disappointed and fed up. With limited time on the water (and limited crew), along with no reduction in cost, apart from a few less trips to the fuel berth. As winter draws in, and the days getting shorter, the majority of boat owners have not satisfied their urge for getting on to the water and have been left praying for a better year to come. Until then we must make it through winter, with the possibility of more lockdowns and self-isolation periods. To help you get through these unpredictable times we have comprised a list of videos, series, and ideas to try and help.
Let’s start with the obvious stuff that I’m sure most people do throughout the year…. YouTube. YouTube is a great way to entertain yourself. With a range of videos, whether they’re professional or homemade, how to guides or Miami poker runs, YouTube has it all, and it’s free! With the last-minute cancellation of the Southampton boat show, Power boat and rib have stepped up to the plate making a weekly “Boating news show” offering boat reviews, must have accessories, up to date information as well as prize giveaways with free 20-minute videos every week. Another YouTube channel worth looking at is “Motorboat & yachting” with a range of videos from, How to’s, boat reviews and useful boating information. Our final YouTube recommendation is “red bull dingy derby” this may not be the most informative of videos, however, they certainly offer a lot of entertainment; contenders’ race around the Australian outback swamps in over powered ‘Tinny boats’ – it really is as interesting to watch as it sounds.
Next up is Netflix, probably not most people’s go to sport for their boating fix, however, there are a few series and documentary’s that may take your interest. First up is “Below deck” a 2-season series that follows the life of a Super yacht crew, as they charter out to a range with high- end guests who are just as demanding as you may initially think. The series highlights the struggles of working on board, from the crew’s relationships to keeping their high-end guests satisfied. Next up is “Perfect storm” a 2-hour film about a crew of fishermen risking everything and going past the boats normal reach as a huge storm approach. Finally, is “A drift” a 1-hour 30 min film about a young couple’s sailing adventure that becomes a fight to survive when they face a catastrophic hurricane, based on a true story.
Along side Netflix there is also tv catch up, specifically BBC I player. For the last 4 years the BBC has been broadcasting the program “Saving lives at sea”. This program visits the numerous RNLI stations around the UK that protect our coastline. The program gives you a first person prospective of the challenges and conditions that the crews face. This really brings home the power of the sea and why we must respect it. This really is a must watch for any seafarer!
Lastly, here are a few of our own ideas on things you could do. If you find yourself self-isolating or just stuck indoors why not try an online course. They are a great way of killing time, often taking days to complete, but with the ability to do it as and when you want, wherever you are. Some of the courses you may want to consider that can be studied online are:
For people newer to boating – RYA VHF Radio, RYA essential navigation, RYA essential seamanship
Intermediate – RYA day skipper theory
Advance – RYA yacht master’s theory
If doing an online course sparks your interest, take a look at a few of the training providers advertised on our website or head over to https://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk/course_type/online/ to find out more.
We hope all our users stay safe during these challenging times and hope to help you get back out on the water soon!