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well i guess i am really lucky, as i have been seasick once, and that was a nor easter comming out of Halifax.
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Gravol

If you are anywhere close to Canada get some Gravol. It is sold over the counter there and works very well even after you have started to puke.


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If you are anywhere close to Canada get some Gravol. It is sold over the counter there and works very well even after you have started to puke.
Gravol is the brand name for dimenhydrinate. Like all motion sickness medications it does have side effects. I get drowsy, so I take one and have a nap.

I have not been able to keep it down after starting to vomit, but it is available a suppository.

You do have to sign for it with a pharmacist when you buy it - at least in Alberta. (My wife is pharmacist.)

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Excellent advise.

Some additional comments:

I buy candied ginger, ginger snaps and ginger ale before heading into conditions in which sea sickness is a problem. The ginger ale helps keep you hydrated, the ginger snaps provide some nutrition. And I happen to like the taste of gingered candy. BTW - it does help.

Sturgeron has a reputation of not making you drowsy. One crew member took one in Mexico and was out for 12 hours.

I have had no success with any of the sea bands.

Transderm V Scopolamine can affect cognitive abilities. I cannot use it because of the dry mouth side effect. It also has to go onto clean, dry skin - which can be hard to find offshore. You must also wash your hands very carefully with soap and water; it can cause blurred vision and loss of depth perception.

Just remember that no one gets motion sick driving a car, the same can apply on a boat. If a crew member starts get the initial symptoms; yawning, etc., get them on the helm or least looking off the boat; no navigating, cooking etc..

If they are incapacitated get them below on the sole, right along the keel with the eyes closed.

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NASA did some tests. Anyone can be seasick. The key factor is acceleration which means smaller vessels and choppier (not necessarily bigger) seas make things worse.
This site has some sound advice. seasickness.co.uk
They haven't tested me yet I have been sailing for three decades and nearly 30 000nm on voyages and I've never been seasick - not even once.

I believe that ginger beer is probably a reasonable mild antidote but that ginger ale is nothing more than a placebo - it has ginger flavouring but most ginger ale has no actual ginger in it at all.

At least that's the case in NZ and South Africa, maybe it's different in the US


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Canada Dry Ginger Ale is made with ginger.

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And so is Vernors, it's a lot more potent than Canada Dry though, not everyone likes it.


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I love Vernors, but can't get it out in New England.
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And so is Vernors, it's a lot more potent than Canada Dry though, not everyone likes it.

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I love Vernors, but can't get it out in New England.
We can get it in Chicago. Potent stuff- Goose Island (local) is more palatable IMO.
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My experience: please try Bonine even though it may make you a bit drowsy at first. Frequent doses of dried ginger in pill form also worked quite well but not as long lasting as regular doses of Bonine. For the first time ever I was able to go below, cook, read, play cards etc even during a good blow. It was magical. I began the Bonine one day prior to a 500 mile voyage and as I said, it was a whole new world. For the record I've spent hundreds of hours on chop and waves in 20+ mph winds but have never been able to go below for comfort unless running smoothly downwind. I hope you'll find the relief that I did. On the next voyage I'll test whether or not a few days of "conditioning" will remove the need for the pills.

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