How Safe are Sailing Tours?

How Safe are Sailing Tours?

Jul 26, 2021

You want your family vacation to be a lot of things. Of course, you want it to be fun! You also would like for it to be a way to get everyone outside, away from screens and into the fresh air. All of this healthy Vitamin D brings us to our next point, you also want your family vacation to be safe. Is sailing safe? It certainly sounds fun, but being out in the middle of the ocean with waves crashing also sounds a bit dangerous. Is it? Let’s answer that question right now and put your fears to rest!

For one thing, when you book a sailing tour through Esmeralda Sailing, you are not booking a vacation on a sailboat but rather a catamaran. This makes a huge difference when it comes to safety! By their nature, large catamarans, like the one we have, are exceptionally safe offshore. 

Probably what you are most concerned with is waves hitting the boat and making it difficult to walk around. Could a giant wave actually hit the boat and make it flip over? This is called capsizing, and not something of concern on a catamaran. Esmeralda Sailing’s large, modern catamaran boat has plenty of buoyancy and exceptional roll inertia. What does this mean exactly? Together, these make a capsize, or inversion, nearly impossible. A 30-foot breaking wave hitting a catamaran beam will simply make the boat surf sideways. 

Catamarans are very stable and have natural buoyancy, making them unsinkable. Yes, they can capsize in seriously bad weather, but we certainly won’t be sending your family on your sailing tour during a hurricane. Plus, moving around on a flat deck is a breeze. You don’t need to worry about the waves making the “ground” beneath you unstable. Trips, falls, or anything like that won’t be a problem at all.

What about the boat sinking? Surely this is a possibility? Actually, it is not! Because catamarans don’t have a big heavy keel loaded with lead, even if you have a hole the boat, it will float. Catamarans like ours have so much buoyancy built in that they are next to impossible to sink. In fact, many people take catamarans all the way across the Atlantic ocean- that’s how safe and stable they are!

We hope all of this puts your mind at ease. You can book your sailing tour with peace of mind, knowing that the trip will not only be fun but will also be safe. If you’re worried about going into the open ocean with your family, know that a catamaran is absolutely the most safe way to do it! If you have any other questions or concerns, we welcome them. Reach out to us and ask! We will do our best to answer anything you would like to know.