Our Safety Strategy

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At BoatPlanner, your peace of mind is our top priority.

That is why we have developed a three-way safety strategy, encompassing:

  • A Table of Safety Protocol Procedures
  • A Customer Information and Awareness Guide
  • A Contingency Plan.

Sail with Confidence: Our Protocol

Discover how we ensure that your sailing journey is going to be a secure and worry-free experience for you and your loved ones, at every turn.

  1. Cutting-edge technology. We leverage AI-driven systems and state-of-the-art technology for weather monitoring, route planning, real-time navigation, and on-board safety. 
  2. Covid-19 Preparedness. In response to the ongoing pandemic, we have implemented  COVID-19 safety measures to all our partners, including regular testing of our crew, enhanced cleaning, deep sanitation, and adherence to local health guidelines.
  3. Skilled Crew and Staff. All our partners’ teams of crews and staff undergo rigorous training and possess certifications that align with international standards. All nautical crew is a proficient team of sailors and technicians, well-versed in safety and emergency protocols.
  4. Sustainable Practices. We are a dedicated team of environmentally responsible sailors. Our practices include eco-friendly waste disposal, low-impact tourism, and adherence to marine conservation guidelines.
  5. Proper Documentations. We ensure that all necessary licenses, permits, and documentation are in place for your journey, including passports, visas for international trips, and appropriate sailing licenses if needed.
  6. Port and Shore Procedures. All our partners team are ready to support and complete efficiently all port and shore access procedures. Our team of consultants will fill you in on any details you may need, before and during your journey.
  7. Regular Maintenance. We ensure that all our partners’ yachts undergo top class maintenance and safety checks on a regular basis. 
  8. 24/7 Support. We provide around-the-clock customer support to address any concerns or emergencies during your charter.
  9. Emergency Response. We maintain a fast emergency response plan, through open communications system to address any unforeseen situations.
  10. Continuous Improvement. We are dedicated to continual evaluation and improvement of our safety and security protocols, adapting to new developments, and adopting the best practices.

Our Customer Information & Awareness Guide

  1. Before you sail – Essential Preparations:
  • Ensure your passports, visas and relevant travel documents are up-to-date and readily accessible. Please either consult our FAQ section or require one of our nautical experts to help you with details.
  1. Weather and Destination Information:
  • Familiarize yourself with the weather conditions at your destinations.
  • Be mindful of offshore winds.
  • Always share your sailing plans with someone onshore, regardless of using boat tracking devices.
  • Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
  • Keep track of the special health guidelines and customs requirements for each one of the destinations you have selected. In our Destinations section, you will find useful information regarding each port of call.
  1. Packing Checklist & Onboard Essentials:
  • Pack appropriate clothing and equipment. Consult one of our nautical experts to help you with details on what is required and/or permitted on board.
  1. Choosing the Right Yacht:
  • Making the right vessel choice is the most important success factor. You may check the Yacht Charter section of our website, or consult one of our nautical experts to select the vessel that suits your needs, group size, and preferences.
  • You can arrange for a Skipper, and specialized crew according to your needs and expectations. Special onboard facilities and equipment are available upon request.
  1. Navigation Skills:
  • While BoatPlanner offers the option to hire a skipper, developing basic navigation skills can greatly enhance your sailing experience altogether.
  • Even in this case, you have to become familiar with the specific yacht facilities, systems, and commands, before you embark.
  • If you are a self-sufficient sailor or team of sailors, and willing to take the helm, you should possess a valid skipper’s license or certification, depending on the location and size of the vessel.
  • Most vessels typically require a minimum of two persons over the age of 18, with one of them holding the appropriate boat license to steer the vessel. Please consult our Yacht Charter finder or contact one of our trip consultants.
  1. Safety Briefing:
  • Get familiar with the safety protocols and the use of equipment on board, including life vests (PFDs), fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
  • Attend the safety briefing provided by the crew, for an overview of onboard safety.
  • Understand how to use communication systems on board for any necessary contact with the crew.
  • Be familiar with international distress signals.
  • Practice the “heave-to” position and the person-overboard drill.
  1. Supervision Responsibility:
  • Please make sure your onboard peers and/or invited guests follow the crew’s guidance.
  • Kindly also ensure you keep a close watch on minors and/or pets at all times. Their safety is your responsibility and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter, as it allows our crew to focus on their duties.
  1. Environmental Awareness:
  • Contribute to sustainable sailing by reducing waste and respecting marine life. Visit our Sustainable Sailing section to learn more and engage.
  1. Contingency Planning:
  • BoatPlanner’s support team will give you access to emergency contact information, including local authorities.

Contingency Plan for Sailing Emergencies

At BoatPlanner we have developed and regularly update our Customer Distress Contingency Plan for Sailing Emergencies.

  1. 24/7 Emergency Hotline. Whether you encounter a medical emergency, mechanical failure, or any other crisis, our team is just a call away.
  2. AI-powered Navigation Assistance. We integrate cutting-edge technology for weather forecasts, route optimization, alerts, etc.
  3. Maritime Assistance Networks. All our partners maintain partnerships with maritime assistance networks, ensuring that help is never far away.
  4. Medical Response Kits. All yachts are equipped with first-aid kits and supplies to address minor injuries and health concerns.
  5. Rescue Helicopter Coordination. Most local authorities and our team can swiftly arrange airlifts for critical situations.
  6. Man Overboard Protocols. We implement strict MOB protocols and drills, ensuring an organized response if someone falls overboard.
  7. Float Plans and GPS Tracking. All vessels are equipped with VHF Radio Communication and GPS systems.
  8. Alternative Safe Ports. We maintain a list of alternative safe ports and sailing routes, to divert to a secure location in case of unforeseen events.
Wrapping Up

After your journey, provide feedback to help us improve your future sailing experiences and don’t forget to share your memories and photos with us!