If people can't be trusted to make decisions that protect the safety of vessel and crew; then they should expect to have more safety restrictions imposed.
Offshore racers go through more safety training than that of recreational cruisers, it is REQUIRED. It is a US Sailing requirement. Ever try to enter a Bermuda race or other off shore race? Been through the process of getting all your crew properly trained and certified? Making sure the boat is properly prepared and meets all safety requirements?
What do cruisers do? Read a few books, poke in on SN, CF, CA and head off....... How many NON RACERS have attended a US Sailing Safety At Sea seminar... Now be honest......
So who get's to decide what is "safe" and what is "not safe"..
I'll play.. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think everyone should be at least as safe as I am. I am now the new armchair dictator of safety.... This means every last one of you must have at least what I carry, or more, even for just coastal cruising. This is ANY TIME you leave the dock...
3 anchors and their rodes (complete, 3 minimum)
Chafe gear for all rodes
Spare nav lights/bulbs
Spare GPS devices = 3
VHF = 3
VHF cable minimum size RG-213
Life Sling and multiple throwables
Holstered knife at the helm or on your person
Offshore certified life jackets
Inflatable life jackets with harness and crotch straps
Radar reflectors - two minimum
Personal Locator Beacons
PFD's with personal strobes permanently mounted to PFD's with lithium batts
4 fire extinguishers
Battery fuses on all banks and every branch circuit protected
Life raft for offshore passages.
USCG A1-15 fuel hose
Multiple working bilge pumps plus manual gusher type and hand held pumps
Wood tapered plugs attached to each and every seacock
PROPER FLANGED SEACOCKS
A working and 100% calibrated compass with receipt of date swung and deviation card
Back up depth transducer in place and routed to instrument
100% knowledge of DR skills
Hand held compasses - minimum 4
Multiple signal devices including mirrors horns and flares. Flares at least double what is required.
Tethers and harnesses
Standing rigging replaced at 10 year intervals (MANDATORY)
Galvanic corrosion surveys biannually
Complete rigging inspections every 4 years
Clean fuel tank
Drogue attachment points and drogue
Boat Essential Tools & Repair Items: (You're just not safe as safe as I am without them)
Wrenches Assorted and sized for your vessels nuts and bolts
Flare Wrenchs Very important for any fuel line work
Drills 1 Corded and 1 Cordless W/inverter to power corded
LED Head lamp & Flashlights multiples, and waterproof
Hole Saw Kit
Screw Drivers Assorted
Pick Set Very Handy
Tap/Die Set Sized accordingly
Heli-Coil repair kit
Hack Saw With spare blades
Bolt/Wire Cutters Big enough to cut rigging
Wire Cutters Big enough to cut battery cable
Blow Torch Mini butane type and one standard torch head
Socket Set - SAE and Metric
Pliers - Various sizes
Water Pump Pliers
Needle Nose Vise Grips / hose clamp pliers - For clamping hoses off etc.
Drill Bits Full Kit
Countersink - At least two sizes
Monel Seizing Wire
Sail Repair Tape
1 Nylon Webbing
1" Spectra webbing
Sail Slugs To fit mast track
Sailors Palm, Needles & whipping twine
Clevis Pins Spares sized for your boat (multiples)
Cotter Pins Stainless various sizes to fit all pins
Grommets, Snaps & Twist Locks
Rig Tension Gauge
Dodger fittings to effect rail repairs
Water pump Complete spare and rebuild kit
Plumbing Fittings Assorted to match parts on vessel
Zincs For heat exchanger
Fuel Pump -Spare
Fuel Line Hose Min 6 feet all sizes on vessel
Hose barbs male/male for splicing hoses of various sizes
Impeller With spare gaskets.
Oil for engine
Fuel Filters Primary and secondary
Fuel Filtering Funnel
Hoses Min 6 feet each size
Oil absorbing bilge pads (min 10)
Thermostat & gaskets
Engine service & parts manuals
Mechanics Manual For your engine specifically
Non-Perforated Hose Clamps Stainless AWAB type various sizes
Inverter Spare at least 500 watts to power small tools
Electrical Connectors Assorted marine grade various sizes
Multimeter Clamp on AC/DC to measure amps, volts and resistance
Heat Shrink Adhesive lined
Crimper Ratcheting style for marine grade terminals
Silicone emergency tape
Self fusing tape
Wire Assorted gauges 6 feet min per size.
Jumper Wires 10 ga- With alligator clips on each end
Light Bulbs Spares for each socket on the boat
Terminal strips assorted
Stainless Steel Bar Stock
Aluminum Bar Stock
Stainless Steel Dodger Tubing short length
Velcro Regular and industrial grade
Grease Water proof winch grease
Wax Toiletbowl Ring
Sika 295UV Or equivalent
Wet Suit, Mask & Fins, hood
UV Resistant Duct Tape
Stainless Steel - Screws, nuts, bolts, fender washers, nyloc nuts, etc.
Tape Electrical plus green painters tapes
JB Weld Or equivalent
Bosuns chair = 2
Spare boat hook = 2
R-134 and charger adapter for refrigeration system
Spare prop, nuts & key
Outboard motor fuel line with priming bulb
I know I missed a lot
but that should get you close to as safe as "me".
Can you guys see where I am with this armchair nonsense? Why is it fair for you to decide what is safe for "me" if I can't decide what is safe for "YOU".... Pot/kettle....
When you guys have at least all the items I carry above then you're safe. Until then you are simply acting recklessly and that behavior should be banned by the USCG..
Tongue FIRMLY in cheek..