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Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

This question is inspired by SmackDaddy's when to get off thread.

The following is what I come up with off the top of my head.
What did I miss.

Location and/or operation of:

Life jackets
Throw-able.
Anchor
Bilge pump and manual switch
Manual pump and handle.
spotlight
fuel shutoff
battery switch
boat hook
Engine, start, stop gears and throttle.
Disconnect reconnect auto-helm
Raise and lower sails
Radio
Chart plotter
Fenders
Dock lines
Depth Transducer
Through-hulls
Tool-box
Flares
Horn


I'm thinking of a situation where I get a call from and experienced captain who wants my help moving his boat just a hundred or two miles.

I hop on the boat he takes off, I'm just crew. He knows all their is about the boat.
I can think of several scenarios where if something even relatively minor goes wrong it would be really important for me to know the location and operation of one or more of the above list.

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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

EPIRBs
Extinguishers

I also read about this already made and prepared "abandon-bags".
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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

It is nice to get on a boat the night before and check out the boat before departure. But it is often difficult. Like you said, the captain takes off soon after you come aboard. This is common, happened to me all the time. The good news is there is always a 15 to 20 min free time that I can check around and open all floor boards and take a good look. Thereafter, I will ask a few questions and continue to walk around the deck and kick the tires, check the life raft and make sure it is not locked. I am done and happy, then let's raise the sails and start sailing.

I will continue to learn more about the boat and captain along the way, so there is no surprise.


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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

Mine is short and simple, since on an outboard-auxiliary keel sport boat, typically with sailing students as passengers:

Lifesaving--jackets, cushion, MOB procedure

Fire--extinguisher, where, how use, who to tell

Bilge--where to look, who to tell

Motor--how to run, stop (including deadman's lanyard) and not spill gasoline

Distress--how to summon if it's me (da skippah) who got bonked. VHF, cell phone, other..

Anchor--where, how to use, remember to tie it off *before* anchors aweigh... ;-)

Winch use, safety, preservation of fingers..


this comes naturally since I'm teaching anyway. But I agree it's a good idea to do each time you go out with whomever. Just keep it short enough that you don't hit "MEGO"**




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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

How the head works....
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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

The sad part is that most ( and thats probably including me as well) wouldn't have the discipline to actually go over the "what can go wrong" and be prepared to know where is what etc. The boat owner might very well be unconscious, and then you search in the dark. For many people unless they had a few close situations to give them a long term wake up call, they would just skip this step.
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The following is what I come up with off the top of my head.
What did I miss.
Well, one of the most critical of all, potentially:

Emergency tiller

Nah, doesn't really matter, 99% of the time they're completely useless, anyway...

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Emergency plugs for thru hulls and mallet/ hammer to set them

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Re: Safety briefing when boarding an unfamiliar boat.

Like RockDawg said there is seldom time to go over the whole list.

I think I will actually combine all these items into a physical list and make it my business to work through it while I'm taking shifts.

I'm already the odd guy out and often made fun of as I always wear a life jacket and sleep with my feet to the bulkhead.

So having a list can't make it any worse.

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How the head works....
That is actually something I do check out as I don't want to deal with hidden valves or some other odd setup in the middle of the night.

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