Boating Safety

There is a middle ground between a professional mariner and a sometimes-mariner, between a vessel’s crew and its passengers, and the difference in training and preparation can be dramatic. Professional mariners must know how to handle emergencies, passengers do not. Mariners are taught how to use survival gear, passengers are not. A captain knows everything about the capabilities and equipment on his vessel, […]

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Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

by Mario on November 24, 2013

in Boating Safety,SAR

  PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens’ 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99. Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a […]

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Dangerous Distance

by Mario on May 31, 2013

in Boating Safety,Risk

Boating is about getting away from it all, but if you don’t consider all of the things you are getting away from – like hospitals – you can wish you were back in civilization pretty quick.  In a post at Yachting, I wrote that “a safe boater fully understands and considers the hazards, and makes decisions about […]

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My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!    

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The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. What does the station like to do when the roughest of the […]

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Translations: – English –  汉语 - tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano -  Français – Português – română – Deutsch– Suomi – Svenska -  Čeština – Русско -Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Az új kapitány ruhástul a vízbe vetette magát a fedélzetről és teljes sebességgel úszni kezdett. A volt vízimentő, szemét mindvégig az áldozaton tartva, egyenesen a lehorgonyzott vitorlás és a strand között úszkáló tulajdonos pár felé tartott. “Szerintem azt hiszi, fuldoklasz” mondta a férj a feleségének. Egymást fröcskölték a […]

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UPDATE: The fine people at Datrex sent me a Rescue PLB1 to try for myself.   I loved it.  It handled well – even in some pretty chilly water.  Full report up soon; but in this case, I consider smaller – very, very good. Ocean Signal and Datrex recently introduced the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, […]

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Deadliest Catch?

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by Mario on August 23, 2012

in Boating Safety,Coast Guard,SAR,Survival

This is a post where I feel compelled to put the disclaimer right up front:  The views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Coast Guard. (There – now that we’ve got that out of the way….) Alright gang, I’ve officially had […]

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I’ve never done it, but it was on my list.  Parasailing; it just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  After spending most of my life evaluating what is safe or going after people who weren’t, hanging from a parachute high above the water seemed like a great way to have fun. The view has to be […]

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