Category Archives: Articles

Flying together with your inflatable PDF

OK...  You're planning your sailing adventure but feel naked without your trusty PFD. I do. My Type V PFD is comfortable, auto inflating, strobed, has a built-in harness with a McMurdo FastFind PLB tethered in the pocket.  Why leave it at home? Well, it contains a CO2 cartridge that the DOT and FAA considers a hazardous…
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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

As an ASA sailing instructor, previous Scout waterfront leader and general outdoorsman I was shocked by this article. Not by what it said, because it makes immense sense, but the fact that all the references that we use to ply our trade of shaping Captains doesn't even address drowning. In fact the ASA states there are…
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Junk in the trunk? How about in the fuel tank?…

On our way to Belize from St Petersburg in September we had a problem. North of Cuba the engine stopped. Tim went below thinking it was clogged filters. Well, not so bad, got the engine reprimed and started. Good until we rounded the Western tip of Cuba and clobbered by a Tropic Wave we saw…
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Former USCG Rescue Swimmer on Offshore Safety

What happens when things go bump in the night? Mario Vittone, former USCG Rescue swimmer addresses some of these issues to the Caribbean 1500 rally folks.  Click here for some highlights of his hour-long talk from www.worldcruising.com   “Every incident offshore could have been prevented before they ever left the dock. It’s all about preparation.…
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