Just three years ago I thought I really understood Person Overboard (POB) Prevention. And then I found out how many of my cherished ideas about what would keep me and my crew safe were just plain wrong. Here are 20 things I have since learned that could save your life. Complimentary Post

Online Book: Person Overboard Prevention, Chapter 5 of 9

Flawed Jackline Systems, Part 1


Most of us offshore sailors rely on clipping our harness tether to a jackline to stay safe. But, in many cases, we are totally deluding ourselves, because if we do go over the side, something may break and cast us adrift, or we will drown by dragging.


Free Introductory Chapter I would be the first to commend the authors of the report on their diligence in analyzing the capsize of the Beneteau First 40.7 "Cheeki Rafiki" and the tragic loss of four lives.

Having said that I believe said report failed the offshore sailing community in its recommendations. Here are my thoughts on what we need to do to prevent another tragedy in the future.

Online Book: Person Overboard Prevention, Chapter 4 of 9

Staying Attached To The Boat


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.

Online Book: Watertight Integrity, Chapter 6 of 8

Our New Crash Pump


The sound of gushing water from below has got to be right up there on any voyaging sailor's list of worst nightmares. On Morgan's Cloud, given that we believe that any pump that is practical for a yacht, no matter how powerful, is going to be of limited use in a flooding situation, we have always [...]

Thunderstorm Lightning Over Thea Foss Waterway Boats Tacoma Wash

Lightning strike! Just the words can make us cruising sailors, who sail around the ocean with the highest thing in hundreds of square miles sticking up, nervous.

This post by Matt, AAC Engineering Correspondent, will help you understand how lighting strikes happen and what you can do to reduce the associated risks.

Online Book: Watertight Integrity, Chapter 3 of 8


Testing conditions between St Vincent and St Lucia

As I think I've made clear in the previous two chapters of this Online Book, keeping the water out is a number one commitment for any offshore boat. And not just large amounts, although obviously that’s a fundamental priority, too. Relatively modest amounts of water can cause real issues with sensitive electronics, especially in today's shallow [...]

Online Book: Watertight Integrity, Chapter 2 of 8


At all costs minimize or eliminate drilled holes –weld everything

There are few things more miserable on a boat at sea than salt water below from deck leaks. And if said leaks get bad enough, they can sink you. Colin has a whole series of tips on how to stop that happening to you.

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