Propane Systems

This month I want to make a few comments about propane Systems. This article isn’t intended to be comprehensive, or a do-it-yourself guide, but is just some of my own observations and opinions that I believe might serve to help prevent some potentially serious problems...

Holey Hull, Boatman, the vessel is sinking (Part II)

Last time we took a look at some of the emergency supplies you should have aboard to stop the leak, if your boat starts taking on water. However, before you can stop the leak you must find it, often not an easy task. Unless you hit a rock, chances are the water is coming from an existing opening...

Holey Hull, Boatman, the Vessel is Sinking

Nothing will get your attention faster then going below for a cup of coffee only to find the floorboards awash - "We're taking on water!" First priority, find the source. (This in itself can be a monumental task, one we will discuss next month). Once you find the leak, stop it, and for that you may need some emergency supplies...

Make it Easy on the Crew When Docking

It happens all too often. The crew is expected to make a very dangerous leap in an attempt to salvage a lousy approach to the dock. We have seen it and we have even read, in a major sailing publication of all places, of a skipper who actually "trained" his wife to make that leap. We could not believe...

Recovering the Crew Overboard

In a previous issue we discussed how to return to pick up a skipper who has fallen off the boat. Once you have made contact with the crew overboard (COB), the next challenge is getting the person back on the boat. The crew must be prepared to cope with a person who is not able to assist either because of injury or hypothermia...

First Aid

Someone on the boat should be first aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) trained. It only makes sense. By the very nature of going sailing you have placed yourself and crew an appreciable distance from the emergency response system (911). If you are in Mexico quality assistance is even more remote...

When a Skipper Goes Missing

For the inexperienced crew, losing the captain overboard can be the worst nightmare. It happens, and the safety of everyone is instantly at risk. The American Sailing Association recommends using the"Figure Eight" maneuver when a person goes overboard be cause it is completed without the need to jibe the boat...