Sunny days are what we usually expect when we go boating, especially when we don’t do it that often and we want to get the most of it. However, the weather has its own opinion and mood, which doesn’t always match our desires. Among the sunny days onboard, we can still get some rain. As long as there is not a thunderstorm and pouring rain, you can get into many activities while cruising with your motor yacht or sailing on your sailboat.
First of all, we would like to remind you that swimming during a thunderstorm is a bad idea. Don’t risk your life going swimming just for the adventure if there is too much heavy rain or lightning. If you walk on the decks while it is wet, make sure you wear shoes with an excellent grip to avoid slipping. Remember: “Safety first!”
The activities you can do inside the boat during the rain are the same as you would do while on land.
12 Activities You Can Do While Boating in the Rain
#1 Board Games
They are a great way to pass the time while it is raining outside. It is something for the whole family. Make sure you have a few types of games onboard or in your bag before boarding.
#2 Card Games
A deck of cards can save you from boredom when onboard and there is nothing else to do. It is another activity you can do at any age.
#3 Be Creative
If you are an artistic type of person, you can use the rainy time to draw, color a book, or learn knitting. All of these activities have been proven to be fantastic remedies to reduce stress levels.
#4 Take a Nap
Nowadays, taking a nap is a luxury not everyone can enjoy. Life has become so busy that we don’t even give our body a 30-minute nap during the day to recharge us and get us ready for the rest of the day. Well, take a nap then and enjoy a relaxing sleep under the sound of the splashing waves and the rain. If the sea is not rough, take the chance to lie down outside under a cover and also enjoy the fresh air.
#5 Read a Book
This is a classic activity you can do anywhere. However, avoid reading if the boat is rolling because you might feel seasick.
#6 Watch a Movie
Watch a classic movie for rainy days. Popping some corn and enjoying your private cinema while boating in the rain helps to boost your mood.
#7 Watch the Radar
Rainy weather is great to see how your radar functions. There is nothing to see on it when it is sunny. When it is rainy, a lot is going on on the radar. It is the perfect time to teach your kids how it works and maybe look forward to the gap when the sun will be out again.
#8 Go Fishing
This is something you can do if there is light rain or drizzle. There is usually less boat activity in the water on rainy days, which means more fish are around. Get your tackle and catch some dinner. Don’t forget – safety first!
#9 You Caught the Dinner, Now It’s Time to Go Crazy in the Kitchen
If you are the type of person who likes cooking, prepare the dinner yourself. Get creative, cook with your kids, surprise your wife or go for a cooking lesson from your chef onboard.
#10 Organize a Romantic Lunch or Dinner
Rain should not be an issue; it might make the moment more romantic. It might get chilly when it rains; you better cuddle.
#11 Go For a Swim
When it rains, the water feels warmer than usual. Take a swim; enjoy the silky feeling of the water and the gentle tickling of the raindrops. Don’t enter the water if there is lightning!
#12 Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is also a good idea if the water is calm. While there is not much happening on the surface, the underwater world is going wild. However, note that the light under the surface might be minimal if there are many dark clouds.
These are just some of the boating activities you can do while boating in the rain. We are sure you can come up with many more that will match your taste. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy. You can’t do anything about the weather, so accept the conditions and enjoy the many activities you can do while it rains. The views after the rain are always stunning! Sunsets are glorious! Happy boating!