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I sail a Venture 22 now and do fine. I also do fine on small power boats. But that's all inshore. My last big boat experience was a ferry ride at Cape May. I did not get sick but had felt better. When I was younger I hated to ride in the back seat of a car, and a whale watching trip when I was 7 or 8 did not go to well. I don't get on fair rides. Worst case it would limit me to coastal cruising.
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I've been working/living/sailing on boats for 13 years and was always seasick for the first three days of any rough water until 2005, when I began taking meclizine. Sometimes being sick offshore makes you feel like it'd be better to just die, but then you eat, barf, and get over it. A lot of the folks who say they never get seasick actually feel queasy but never barf. I'm glad I can get it out of my system and move on. It's important to just keep eating and drinking, even if it seems like a waste. Pedialyte, sports gels, and dried meat that you can suck on and eventually chew always helps. Sublingual vitamins help as well. My friends say the prescription Promethlizine is now the drug of choice.
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promethezine is phenergan and is a med that will make you drowsy----is also used with analgesics like demerol to potentiate them into working better ---and with some pre-op meds for surgery---makes pain meds "better" and keeps nausea down.....ginger is good--half strength gatorade makes the hydration not become water intoxication, which is even worse for you than seasickness---need to stay hydrated so the stomach doesnt compound the sickness---dehydration causes nausea and vomiting----is a difficult combination to really fix well..need the fluids and the electrolytes---pedialyte is a good choice--if get cramping from drinking it--half strength it also-can half strength it with juice--is good that way--kids even drink that combo!!-will not cramp you as much...have fun and good luck.....
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This is why God created Stugeron. It makes a world of difference for me offshore.

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i am lucky i dont get seasick
I thought I was immune too.... until that one really big storm....going up, coming down, up, down, horizon up there, horizon down there.....looked at my face in the mirror and noticed I had a green complexion. The rest is history.
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Stay off of boats.

Why would you say that? Are you just kidding?

Pete,
There is no way that seasickness should keep you from cruising if that's your dream.
I get car sick, air sick and sea sick. I've even gotten queasy while working on a boat tied up to a dock in the intracoastal on a windy day.
I have also been sailing since I was a child and never plan to stop.
There are all sorts of remedies. You will find the one that works best for you and there ya go. Problem solved.
If you are doing a crossing or a long passage, even the worst afflicted, like myself, will gain their sea legs in three or four day and then you can stop the meds.
Don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't sail because you get sick.
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Hey, get one of those transderm patches you stick behind your ear and go sailing.

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As some have said earlier, getting seasick can be temporary. I've been really sick 3 times, sub on a 12 hour surface transit out of Hong Kong in a typhoon (very happy to get to the dive point), three day ride on a sea going tug in the South China Sea from PI to Hong Kong with 20ft+ seas on the Stbd Bow the whole way. Was bad. First day of a delivery from USVI to the US (Hang over + greasy berakfast burrito + 20kt winds and a confused choppy swell=bad, very bad)

In none of those cases did I use meds before I got sick. The scop patches I had in my bag would have been a good idea for the USVI trip. Even the capt. who had just come off of a couple of weeks of chartering was feeling pretty bad that day. I finally got a nap and felt better quickly.

You really need to get out and see what makes you sick and how long it lasts, do you recover or are you sick for days on end. If you are one of those who never recovers you may have a problem, but then again, Lyn Pardey indicates that she hasn't got the strongest stomach on the ocean and she's lived out there for decades.
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Stugeron works just like a placebo on me: Not at all. And it is not legal for sale or use in the US. Phenergan was used by NASA at one time in their "cocktail" for astronauts. Scope patches work great for most folks--as do the scope pills, which have quietly been back on the market for at least 10 years now. But like any heavy duty drug, there's a strong list of serious possible side effects. And *none* of the meds works well for more than 1/3 of the people that try them. Not my opinion--NASA's extensive and repeated test results. For them, motion sickness is quite literally a killer, they've done a lot of investigation into it.
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Pete,

How much sailing experience do you have? Seasickness seems to affect people differently, but I have found that I get seasick really quickly on a boat that is adrift or under motor power, but a boat making good headway under sail has a different type of motion that doesn't make me sick, even in strong winds/waves. Also, being at the helm will prevent me from getting seasick.
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