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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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