Being Prepaired and Having Fun
Sailing is a lot of fun and being prepared helps you to be comfortable for the whole time on the water. When it comes to infants, my experience has been that if you bring an infant or a very young child on the boat, they may cry for two hours, unless it's a three-hour trip, then they may cry for three hours. The unfamiliar surroundings do not seem to sit well often times. If you have an option for a babysitter, I recommend it. But it may work out just fine.
Pets though are a definite no. There are just too many variables with pets, and what I do is offer sailing charters for people.
Knota Lotta has all of the Coast Guard required safety equipment including lifejackets, so we have that side covered.
You may want to bring a cooler with your favorite beverages, something to snack on is advisable as well. Often times it can be difficult to eat a regular meal on a sailboat. A sandwich or food that is held works much better. A plate full of food is not a good plan when underway.
Another option you may want to consider is taking advantage of the hospitality of Shores of Leech and plan to have a beverage such as a wine or one of their three tap beers, some from nearby breweries. You can sit outside on the deck, watch the activity and eat a delicious pizza also.
Comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are a must. Beach attire, not night on the town attire.
Keep in mind forecasts for the day of your outing. Knota Lotta has a fully enclosing cockpit for cooler or damp weather but if it's threatening rain, a raincoat may be handy.
There will be bottled water onboard for hydration but you can do much better than that on your own (see below). The boat has a bathroom to make your time on the water more pleasant.
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Another option you may want to consider is taking advantage of the hospitality of Mitch and Mara at Shores of Leech before or after your outing. Plan to have a beverage such as a wine or one of their three tap beers from Bemidji Brewing. You can sit outside on the deck, watch the activity and eat a delicious pizza also.
They can also provide you with provisioning for your time on the water.
Here is a less than complete list of what they offer:
*Heggie's Pizza with a
variety of toppings, including a breakfast pizza.
*Sausage, egg & cheese breakfast sandwiches
*Popcorn, chips, candy bars, yogurt, cheese sticks
*Ice cream novelties
*Soda and water
*Wine by the bottle or glass
*Three local beers on tap and a variety
of canned & bottled beer.
* 5lb bags of ice cubes and 10lb ice blocks.