For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is just around the corner. This means it’s time to start planning the family summer holiday. While last summer we had some pretty miserable weather, this year is an ‘El Nino’ and its setting up to be dry and sunny. This is perfect for New Zealanders favourite pastime of heading to the beach and getting out on the water.
Of course for the ultimate family day out, overnight trip, or week away, you can’t beat cruising with the family onboard a boat. By choosing a boating holiday you get to explore bays, sounds, harbours, islands and you may even find your very own isolated beach to explore. Besides cruising, you can teach the children to fish, water-ski, wakeboard, or find a sheltered bay for some snorkelling.
If you plan on spending one or more nights on the boat, make sure you look for a family friendly cruiser that has a bit of luxury. To begin with, check that the boat has enough berths to sleep everyone that’s on board. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable night’s sleep when you are meant to be relaxing on holiday. Then check that your boat has a full bathroom, suitable kitchen, and spacious living space with good storage. Again, you don’t want to be fighting for space when you’re meant to be relaxing.
For a suitable family boat, you need to have comfortable seating both inside and outside of the boat. Usually at least one person in the family wants to relax with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy the view. In addition, large decks are great for sunbathing – just make sure there is good sun cover for when the hottest part of the day strikes. And look for other useful extras, like extra rod holders so everyone in the family can fish, CD players, and if you are lucky a DVD to chill out to at the end of the evening. boat things
If buying a new boat for the family is too much for the budget, consider a boat share option. This means that you share the cost and use of the boat through a professional boat share company. This is a great option if you won’t be taking the boat out every weekend, but you definitely want to go out more than once over summer. Boat share companies also give you access to luxury boats you once thought were way out of your budget. Many of these are like floating 5-star hotels.
With a boat share all you have to do to organise the holiday is book your boat, then when you arrive at the dock or marina it will be fuelled and good to go. Of course the best thing for families is that you don’t have to pack anything but food, drink and clothes. That’s because with a boat share option fresh linen, beach towels, crockery, cutlery, and safety gear are all provided for you.
Better still, boat share companies service your boat, and at the end of your holiday you can relax knowing that someone else is looking after cleaning and maintenance. What more could you ask for.