We see it happening in every port. People dragging their luggage, sweating, cursing and once standing in front of the boat, at the sight of this wooden plank, wondering how on earth to cross it, let alone while lifting that weight and volume.
Trying to squeeze in these monstrous 23-32kg hard luggage anything one thinks might need in a sailing trip is not the smartest idea nor the most practical and here is why.
We talk about boats… most boats do not have enough space to store luggage. Like airplanes!
The cabin doors dimensions inside the average rented sailing boats are about 1,60 m high by 0,53 – 0,60 cm wide!
To give you a perspective the room door in your house is approximately 0,66 cm!
This picture from Ryanair’s blog speaks volumes. A 20kg bag accepted by Ryanair is 0,81 cm wide. This means that if hard luggage (or soft stuffed), you literally cannot make it go through the door to enter the cabin. So even if you take the things without entering, where do you store it?
If you go with the 10 kg option, you have 20 cm width so you easily go through the cabin door, yet there is one more thing to consider. Once in, where do you store it? The average sailing yacht up to 50ft doesn’t have enough space inside the closet to put it, that is if we assume that it can go through the closet door. The sides, are also not made to support these sizes so your new reality is that you are stuck with it and probably will put it on your bed or on the floor. Is that a solution then? No, I am afraid not and here is why.
Boats, unlike airplanes, are not just going straight or a bit up or down. They turn… they turn a lot. Like, a lot! What happens then? That nice luggage starts sliding from one side to the other or falls from the bed, or surfs the floor landing hard on the nearest vertical surface. So if you are lucky, it will only break a couple of things like its own rollers, if not, you will have to pay some serious money for the wood/leather damage this sweet and absolutely unnecessary thing will cause and chances are… it will!
Guys, I like to be direct and frank, save us all a great deal of time.
No-one needs all that stuff! You are going somewhere warm (usually), you are going to wear the whole day your swimming suit (if you will be wearing anything at all) and in the evenings, when you all go out for your dinner, you will be a stranger among strangers, even better, you will be moving around people who frankly do not give a damn about what you are wearing, so simply enjoy the freedom!
Grab the opportunity, wear the same pair of jeans or flip-flops, this beloved t-shirt of yours, don’t bother with makeup, you are tanned and you look gorgeous already! Just smile, be yourself, enjoy your every single moment cause time is so precious and will pass by before you even notice.
Those who know, will tell you by experience that what you need to sail, let’s say summer in the Med, is just one pair of jeans or hiking pants, one or two short pants – two-three t-shirts, two-three swimsuits – one beach towel – a couple of underwear – one pair of shoes to have on board at all times and a pair of sandals or flip-flops when out. One hat, your pair of glasses, your toothbrush and paste, a sunscreen, one jacket. That’s all! No more, no less! Easy to pack, easy to store in your cabin, easy to pack before leaving.
Top it up? No reason to pay extra money for luggage! Fly budget-friendly and use the extra money for a massage or a couple of more cocktails or a cool experience your destination can offer you.
What to bring instead? I’ve got you covered and you don’t have to pay much!
Of course, you will find excellent quality nautic luggage of great brands but if you are on your first steps into sailing, you can start with these because you can use them also if you go for some hiking or your gym.
Go with something between 40lt and 50lt and if you decide that sailing is your thing, well then why not invest more in sailing gear at any level?
So, now you know! Prepare like the pros and here is an inside tip for you. Those who work on the boats, may it be the base or your own crew will appreciate and admire both your adaptability as well as your respect for the boat. These are the keyes to their hearts and to do their best for you!