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For those who have tried it all and found other remedies wanting: you may want to inform yourself about the so-called "Paihia bombs", sold by the Paihia Pharmacy, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. (Just Google the many testimonies and the current commercial source if you're interested)

I am dead-serious! My mate and co-skipper of many years used to get too seasick to function properly on our ocean passages. She had tried pretty much everything, including Scopolamine and Stugeron (believe me; there is no such thing as Sturgeron) but to no avail. The she heard from some other boatgals in the S Pacific that they ordered their secret anti-seasickness weapon in Paihia and she got a few to try herself.
Bingo....!! Now she often insists on going below and getting busy in the galley when Rivendel II is bucking so badly that I can only tell her that she must be out of her bloody mind to even think about it.......
Does this mean that it works for everyone? Almost certainly not! For quite a few people, however, it has simply made the difference between being able to become an allweather cruiser or perhaps giving up on the dream.

Have fun!

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[Disclaimers: (1) although I happen to be an MD the true proprietary composition of the so-called "Paihia bombs" is unknown to me and I can therefore neither recommend nor discourage its use by anyone on the basis of reliable pharmacological information; (2) I have no financial interest of any kind in this product.]
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I've got a cure for you. You may not like it, but a cure it is. This is what you do:

This upcoming 4th of July, sail up to some marina and meet up with a bunch of your sailing friends. Celebrate liberally, and make sure to indulge copiously in the local women and wine (or alcoholic beverage of your choice). Do it all-- sing, dance, and generally have a really good time. Wake up the next day, hung over and dehydrated, kick the landlubbers ashore, and cast off for your home port. Try to plan the whole thing so you have a marginal weather window, too. The seas will start to kick up just a little bit, but nothing you haven't been in before. You can handle it. Once your out of sight of land, it really starts to kick up (if you're lucky the seas will be 12-14 ft every 7 seconds), and you find yourself puking up internal organs you didn't know you had. Oh, and by the way, make sure and singlehand so you don't have help. Once you get back to your home port you'll recover. After that, I'd doubt that you'll ever be seasick again.

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take it for what its worth, but mythbusters on TV actually tested known seasickness meds and cures and came up with the following. That most medications pretty much just put you to sleep, while ginger was the only thing that really provided any real relief at all. you might be able to find them online and archive it?
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Mythbusters.

Much as I love to watch, NASA did that reseach in the 60's and published the same results, including the effectiveness of ginger. Well, perhaps I shouldn't say "the same" results since NASA found some effective meds that don't always put everyone to sleep.

Was listening to a "talking book" yesterday, and I have to ask, does anybody else get really PO'd when people say "Nassau" when the agency calls itself "Nassah" ?
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I used to Get sick all the time on boats as a kid. Then I started takeing ginger before we go out and I havent gotten seasick in 3 years. It might be the ginger it also might be me growing out of getting sic. ??
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From an OTC standpoint, in the US, you can try Dramamine (dimenhydrinate). It can make one drowsy. It is also associated with dry mouth and some flushing. It can interact with other depressants, including alcohol.

Scopolamine, adminstered from a patch behind the ear, is available by perscription. It has a similar side effect profile; it shouldn't be used by people with prostate problems.

If those don't work, there are much stronger medicines available. Talk to your doctor.
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If it is really a problem—there are strong meds like Compazine and Zofran that will take out seasickness...but are prescription only.
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eat BANANAS! they have the same taste going down or up!
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eat BANANAS! they have the same taste going down or up!
Do you re-use them? If they taste the same and you ate it once - you can eat it again.
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I alway got mal-de-mar when fishing on charter fishing boats. Last few years sailing on San Francisco Bay, and ocean I tried Ginger capsules from the vitamin shop and it worked every time. I don't like Ginger snap cookies so have to go the capsul route but it works for me. I told a couple crew that I worked with on the 33 Ranger and after they tried them they told me it worked for them also.
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