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I've never used Motionease but hear it works fairly well.
Other tried and true remedies are ginger, which comes in gum, candy, cookies, or in several different types of soda; the accupressure bands that press on the pressure point near your wrists; dramamine, although a lot of people complain it makes them sleepy...
Also, increasing your intake of B-vitamins can help prevent it.. so start taking vitamin supplements... Eating a protein rich meal can also help prevent it... avoid greasy foods too...
There are also prescription remedies, like scopolamine, phenergran, Zofran... etc.
Generally, you need to take the meds well in advance of getting on the boat... at least a few hours, so that it can take effect. It is harder to stop motion sickness once it has started, than it is to prevent it as a general rule. Avoiding strong smells will help reduce the problem.
Also, sitting upright in the cockpit and watching the horizon will help—don't let your head or eyes roll around... that makes it worse.
If you can do something a bit more active, like steering the boat, that will also often help reduce the severity or prevent it altogether. Staying warm will help too—so dress in layers and wear good foul weather gear, and a hat if necessary.
The worst possible thing to do is go down below and sit. If you're cold and need to go down below... lie down... it will be better than sitting belowdecks...
Finally, as rexy said... puke downwind...off the lee side... getting it on the boat and your fellow crew is not a good thing...
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 03-25-2007 at 12:42 PM.