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Test Your Emergency Equipment!

Test Your Emergency Equipment!

Years ago, when I purchase my Pearson 10M, I started to fix many things that were deteriorating, oxidizing or broken. I thought I was keeping up with things, but never took the time to exercise the manual bilge pump, nor try to deploy the lifesling.I found a cap in one of the cockpit lockers that …

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Safety at Sea – Cold Water

Safety at Sea – Cold Water

Cold water is the most misunderstood and the most deadly element when considering our safety at sea. Question – If you fall into 34 degree water, how long does it take to become hypothermic? With clothes and a life jacket on, one half to one hour to become mildly hypothermic.  If you are not wearing …

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Sea Safety – What Goes Wrong?

Sea Safety – What Goes Wrong?

Nearly all rescues at sea are the result of a captain making a bad decision before leaving the dock.  Those decisions are rooted in the failure to estimate the encountered peril.  The captain does not perceive the destination, whether it is the weather, the water, or the condition of the vessel in use.  When you …

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