One of the greatest advantages of owning a luxury motor yacht is that they have all the amenities of a home away from home. That means you can enjoy space, comfort and lavish accommodations for a few hours, or a few days, or even a few weeks at sea!

However, taking your yacht out for an extended voyage takes a little more thought and preplanning than just for a little day or weekend jaunt. Here is a “checklist” you should consider each time, before you take your motor yacht out for a long trip.

Safety First

Ensuring the safety of your family and guests should be your number one priority before leaving on any extended voyage. That means to make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment on board, and that it has been recently checked and is in proper working order. At the very least you need to be sure you have:

  • A USCG certified PFD for all passengers, including children
  • VHF-FM marine radio
  • An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • A chartplotter
  • Emergency flares and or/other singling devices
  • Tethered life ring
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kit



The Rest of Your Pre Voyage Checklist

Once you are sure that you have all of your safety gear and equipment checked and ready to go, the other things you need to consider before embarking on an extended yacht trip include:

Itinerary planning – It is a good idea to research your destination before you arrive, to plan what sights you want to see, or events you want to attend.

Marinas, anchorage and mooring – Plan ahead for where you may need to stop overnight during the extent of your voyage. Anchor buoys are first come first serve in most places, and popular marinas book months, sometimes years in advance!


Fueling – Did you know that the number one reason yachts call for assistance or a sea-tow is because they have simply run out of fuel! You must also plan out your fuel stops along your route. When planning your stops for fuel, consider the typical mileage that your boat gets under average conditions and cruising speed, and calculate the distance that it would take to use 70% of your tank.


Routine Maintenance – Make sure all of your yachts major and minor systems have all been inspected, tuned-up, and any necessary or predictive repairs are made before you depart. If you are planning an extended voyage that may take you for long distances away from marinas or repair facilities, make sure you have common spare parts on board, and redundancies for major systems such as communications, electrical, and propulsion.

Food, provisions and essentials – While food and essential personal items are usually readily available anywhere you dock, it is always a good idea to stock up on extra food,  and plenty of essentials before you go. Also, make sure you bring along enough clothes and different types of clothing. Weather conditions can change dramatically during an extended trip by motor yacht.


On Demand Yachting Provides Peace of Mind

When it comes to making sure you and all of your guests are as safe as possible, whether for a day trip or an extended voyage, having the right gear and supplies on board is only part of the equation. In the unlikely event it is ever needed, you must also ensure that the gear is ready and operational. That means batteries need to be checked and replaced, fire extinguishers maintained and recharged as necessary, first aid kits restocked, etc., and that every system on your yacht is well-maintained for peak performance

Maintaining your yacht at complete operational readiness is just one of the services you can count on from our On Demand Yachting Solution.

...and don't forget to plan to have a good time!!

…and don’t forget to plan to have a good time!!



Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.