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04-13-2007 06:51 AM
sailingdog Nebo-

You can't buy safety... the most important piece of safety gear is a well prepared captain and crew... that avoids most of the other problems and is the best way to deal with the ones that can't be avoided.
04-13-2007 12:38 AM
nebo Just remember that there's a place on your boat for everything except you. When you've got it that full, you just might have everything.

03-23-2007 05:49 PM
tenuki Puget sound waters are _rising_! ;P
03-23-2007 04:52 PM
sailingdog Jody & P8Dawg-

I'll ask my personal weather goddess to give you some rain... actually snowmelt would help too... If you think you have it bad in Kansas, you should see what they go through in New Mexico. See this blog.
03-23-2007 04:42 PM
Most important thing.

I almost forgot, you are going to need some water. Right now, that little mud puddle we call "Cheney", is in dire need of some rain upstream. If that lake level doesn't come up, we'll both be needing gas money to go somewhere else. Please help me to pray for rain.
03-23-2007 04:38 PM
sailingdog BTW, dropping the anchor if something has gone wrong is often a good idea... unless you're in water too deep or a major shipping channel... It gives you time to figure out what you need to do next without as much pressure and can help stop you from making things worse than they already are.

Most of the time, doing stuff in a hurry is a bad idea... taking a few seconds to catch your breath and think about what is going on and what you really need to do is generally more productive than thrashing around and doing stuff in a panic.
03-23-2007 04:27 PM
tenuki Remember, at all times you should have a plan A and B for if something goes wrong or breaks. For example, coming into dock under power, what happens if the motor dies? (plan A for me is using my rudder to scull, I have a 24' er and it works just fine in most situations, plan B is the easy to reach boathook, fenders and insurance . ) Same goes for gear, for instance, I have a mounted VHF and a waterproof handheld which I keep in my pocket while sailing. Sames goes for all the other safety equipment. If you have contingency plans figured out in advance it both gives you a peace of mind and, well, a plan.

Your anchor is probably plan A-Z in most situations near to shore. I wouldn't go out without one ready to easily and quickly deploy. Practice anchoring in a safe spot just like you would practice COB drills.

BTW, the auxillary can give you an idea of what the fines would have been when they do your VSC. Scarrrrry!!!
03-23-2007 04:26 PM
I'll be there.

I am also sailing on my own monohull for the first time out of the Ninnescah Yacht Club at Cheney. If you start in May, you won't need any foul weather gear until late September. If you need anything, my name is Peyton and I will be starting the season on the Stiletto 27' called "Mental Floss", in the West yard presently, on mooring #4 during the season. If you would like to go for a sail, just let me know. The most important piece of gear is that P.F.D. It's hard for too much to go wrong if you are wearing it. Oh my goodness, I sound just like my Dad.
03-23-2007 03:15 PM
sailingdog Sailormon's point about UV-protective sunglasses and sunscreen is a very good one. Your sun exposure on the water is often doubled by the reflected UV that comes off the water.
03-23-2007 01:03 PM
tenuki I happened to stumble on this link while surfing just now.

Apparently you can schedule a Vessel Safety Check with the USCG Aux there.
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