It’s Easy to Be Prepared for Safe Boating on the Water
Every morning the TotalBoatShow INBOX gets a google news alert tagging interesting news items that are “boating” related. It is both stunning and upsetting to read the daily news pieces that clog up the feed reporting on boating tragedies. Today feels especially tragic because Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, one of baseball’s brightest stars, was killed early yesterday morning in a boating accident off the Miami coast. Continue reading
Well this is interesting. You know if someone thought it up (anything) it will be video-ed and on YouTube. This bloke decided to spend 7 days in his liferaft and video the whole thing. This edited version bring light to some great preparation tips for your ditch bag and life raft and while he was not drifting off at sea, he was stuffed inside for 7 days with no external help and with only the supplies he brought with him.
Have you considered your plan for man overboard? For abandoning ship? It’s easy to be complacent about things you feel will never happen to you, but it is important to have a plan in place and if you go anywhere offshore, a liferaft with a ditch bag at the ready are imperative. (sometimes in near coastal cruising a proper dinghy will suffice along with a solid emergency plan. Emergencies happen!)
To make the endeavor more exciting and worthwhile, the gent lost at sea (he’s a Brit, have you guessed by now?) decided to use his “stunt” as a fundraiser and science preject – doing research on how his body and mind were faring over the course of the 7 days. POrtsmouth Uninversity in the UK helped with the science, and in the end (so far!) he has raised a grand total of more than £10,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. (Also in the UK)
Check out how he endured his time at “sea” and make your emergency plan for your own boat now. The article about this experiment came out on August 6th in Motorboat & Yachting Magazine. Read more here.