Jellyfish Medusas

It appears that there are no blue bubbles around San Carlos, yet, this year. Of course, before going in the water check the beach to see if there are any blue bubbles "agua male". If you find any, it is a good idea to skip swimming that day!!! If stung by these jelly fish, douse the area with vinegar...

Phenomenon

Here’s a bit of curious behavior that I have both observed and fallen into at times, but do not exactly understand. We use a GPS to navigate more easily than the old days of sun sights and sextants. Thishas led to a strange sense, for some, that there is more certainty in the world than is truly warranted...

A Safety List, of Sorts

Ask anyone who has lived on a boat and put a few miles under the keel a question like, "What sort of safety precautions do you take?" and you will start a long conversation. The problem is that almost everything on the boat, even those things that bring comfort, are contributing to the safety issues...

Projects – A Study in Safety

In the last two years I bought another sailboat. The purchase was not about finding a boat in perfect condition where everything worked already. What I wanted was a project. This project needed some elements of difficulty that I had not yet tackled in the upkeep of a boat, but it could not be a ground-up build...

A Case Study

Twelve foot seas and 25 knot plus winds... are we there yet? Are we having fun yet? There was a boat left on the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez in a small three boat cove during the November cruise and it needed to be retrieved. The first attempted crossing back to San Carlos had resulted in the sail tearing and becoming useless, while the motor ceased functioning...

Fatigue and Short Cruises

When I went with the last club cruise from San Carlos to Mulege and Bahia Concepcion there was no doubt we were going to have fun. In crewing for Rex in Shellback then racing on our return I had time to contemplate our schedule and it reminded me of several lessons involving safety...

Fueling, Anchoring & Rigging

One of the favorite moments in sailing for most sailors is when we turn the motor off. That is when we are actually doing what we came to the boat to do. At first, when I got on a boat larger than 15 feet I was a little intimidated. All that area to negotiate to get out of the typical marina was full of unfriendly things to bump into...

Early Lessons

When I learned to sail, I came across some safety lessons that didn’t seem like safety lessons at the time. Since then I have used every single one of them to my benefit and personal safety. After learning the basics of sailing on lake Pleasant, I signed up for a course in larger boats in San Diego...

A Second Look

You may recall a tragedy that occurred a couple of years ago. There was a powerboat lost with all hands approximately 80 miles southwest of Puerto Peñasco. It was a catamaran fishing boat and it was with shock that the family enlisted the aid of pilots and fishermen and finally found the boat and some of the bodies...

Staying Attached to the Boat

When I was learning to sail my instructor’s first question to the group of us student types was, "How many of you can swim?" Like most of the students there at the time I just wanted to learn how to sail. Why was the first issue about whether or not I could survive apart from the boat?