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ID: 324 Title: Safety Gear for Pacific Crossing Replis: 5 Read: 3759 Author: 6  Page:1  2  
Name: OCEAN SAILOR  Posts: 147  **  Vancouver Time: 2006-1-11_13:20:22 Quote    Reply
Hi, Suggest you read my guide to offshore passae makers further down the list. Cheers.
Name: JAX Ashby  Posts: 14    Vancouver Time: 2006-1-21_4:30:18 Quote    Reply
I have been well offshore on passages without any one of those six items, and never felt the least bit uncomfortable. On the other hand, I walked off a boat before it sailed because I didn't trust the captain.
Name: Sailor  Posts: 2    Vancouver Time: 2006-2-2_7:5:57 Quote    Reply
The Six items are all well in theory and sounds good...First priority should need not be said "good seamanship". Second, hold at least one fire drill and abandon boat drill between ports to insure an "Automatic response" to emergencies...before they get out of hand. Precious time may be waisted fiddling with a single sideband...Besides in a serious emergency, electrical systems probably will go down. The Captain in charge of EPIRB A and VHF radios...Personally I'm relying on 2 deck mounted dinghys, deployed quickly,..along with raft...other crew members in charge of gathering emergency food and water.. and readying deployment of dingys. "Maybe set it up between long passages beforehand"..Time is of the essence. File a sail plan with authorities and others.Routes and ETA's...Enquire if any vessels will be departing similarly. Keep in touch as much as possible with other vessels to and fro. A VHF has a range of 25 miles..this is your best source from main radio (Get into good radio practice) plus your emergency hand helds. Would not suggest anything less than an EPIRB "A",with GPS interface. Price has come a way down on System A ". Again preparation with basic equipment is the key..Keep it simple.
Name: Norm  Posts: 1    Vancouver Time: 2006-2-17_12:45:13 Quote    Reply
I have to say your fisrt reply followed the book. that said

This last fall I sailed from Alameda CA to Honolulu HI.
And have some comments on what is needed for safety.
1.) the liferaft will only work when the ocean is calm
(In a storm it would only work if it was packed full
so you can't move much or you are the only one in there)
otherwise the people would beat each other to death! (I really mean this)
2.) The EPIRB is highly recomended (it avoids the elec system)
3.) The SSB is a joke in my opinion for safety.
(Just ask any sailor who has one, what percentage of the time there is Usable propagation)
4.) life jackets and teathers ARE important.
5.) Ask yourself is the Vessel prepaired
(sails = OK, wind vane = in shape, Engine starts well, ask to look at the most recent survey)
6.) Can the Captain can single hand the vessel across the bay (5 miles +/-)
7.) The crew has a good set of Foulies, Boots and is in good physical condition.
8.) Have an energancy plan (loss of rudder, loss of engine (solar, wind power), leak, medical, etc.

Lastly I had a crew member who required the SSB and the liferaft on our trip (I did add them for him)
But did they add to the safety (NO!) but they did add entertainment, on the SSB, and the one crew
needed the comfort of the Lift raft even if it was not real.

I also had Radar, GPSx4, VHFx2, Flash lightsx6, storm sails, etc.

If you want to read about the adventure across. www.imagine.ws\hawaiitrip.html I would also stay away from those with only book experance they are well ??able.

Best of luck and Fair winds.

Norm

P.S. compatability is REEL IMPORTANT on long voyages.
PPS only two item must be true on a voyage 1.the boat must stay floating. 2.the salt water must stay out of the boat.

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