Matt, AAC Technical Correspondent takes a look at the challenges of dealing with a fire at sea. In all likelihood, his post will get you thinking, as it did me, about how inadequate the fire fighting resources on your boat are and what to do about it.
We have written a lot about gear in our ongoing Person Overboard Prevention Online Book, but all the gear in the world won't keep you safe if you don't heed this tip.
In this chapter I examine some of the dangerous illusions and downright fantasies prevalent in the offshore sailing world about how various jackline and tether systems will prevent us from being injured or being dragged over the side, and some options for what we can do on our own boats to make these systems safer and more effective.
Due to pressure building on all sides (Canada, Norway, etc.), I finally caved, took a Boating Safety Course, passed the exam, and am now the proud bearer of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (Canada). It isn’t that I think a boating safety course is a bad idea, it’s just that our peripatetic lifestyle doesn’t lend [...]
It's a sad fact that most production boat companionways are potential boat-sinkers. But it does not have to be that way. In this chapter I provide solid suggestions on how to stormproof your companionway.
Your harness, its fit, and how you use it are among the most important parts of staying safe on a boat offshore. In this chapter I share what we have learned in 140,000 miles of offshore sailing, most of it short-handed, about harnesses, features to look for, and their use.
I have been thinking about safely a lot lately. I guess that stands to reason, given that I’m in the middle of a series of posts on person overboard prevention—not to speak of the fact that I had a very nasty accident a few months ago—and, up until a couple of days ago I was [...]
Okay, picture this: You've just crashed a long way down a flight of log steps a long way in on a hiking trail and smashed down onto a stump; you've analyzed the situation and realized you've broken your femur (a potentially fatal and definitely excruciating injury); you've moved into a safer and marginally more comfortable position and stabilized the leg as best you [...]
In this chapter I examine the options for jackline (jackstay) materials, strength and recommended replacement cycle. Note that the many things I learned from the comments have made me change my mind about much of what I write in this chapter. I have covered those changes in Chapter 6.
The key to person overboard prevention is never losing contact with the boat. In this chapter I take you through an easy to use (with a little practice) system, which we have evolved over 20 years sailing offshore short-handed on our boat, that will enable you to stay clipped on at all times and still have the mobility and reach to sail your boat properly.
Before we can come up with good and effective person overboard prevention systems, we need to think about and clearly understand the risks we are dealing with, which I examine in this chapter.
Free Introductory Chapter There are countless articles, books and courses that focus on recovering a person overboard but what really matters to the short-handed crew offshore is making as sure as humanly possible that a person overboard situation never happens in the first place—we need prevention, not cure. This chapter introduces this book and that basic concept.
In the last post I covered the story of my accident. In this one I'm going to go over some of the things we did correctly, both before and after the accident: As is our habit whenever we hike, we were both dressed right, not only for the prevailing conditions but for any deterioration in [...]
Like most voyaging couples, I suspect, Phyllis and I have long feared one of us getting seriously injured as the ultimate risk, short of death, facing us. This fear has always been especially prevalent during our Arctic voyages; who knew that it would be realized so close to home. As many of you know, I [...]
Grippy soled, well-protected sandals One thing we have a ban on aboard Pèlerin is going around the decks with no shoes. Stubbed toes can easily be badly damaged, as I found out one night in a pitch-dark harbour when another yacht announced that they were coming alongside by the simple expedient of slamming straight into the [...]