Safe And Sound

What to take on a sailboat


Sailing safely is not just important it is absolutely essential and as Captain/skipper you are in charge of making your boat safe you do not want to be responsible for someone else’s tragedy due to irresponsibility or lack of attention. You are in charge of your own safety and the safety of everyone sailing with you and you are responsible the moment you set sail until the moment you tie off.  this isn’t meant to scare you but to encourage you to be prepared in case you run into tough situations.


Make sure you have Emergency Equipment onboard every time you said sale there is a safety checklist that I will put at the bottom memorize it and always run through it before you set out


There are four important ways to ensure your own safety even before you set foot aboard your vessel. 


1:If you are new to selling let someone know where you were going and when you’ll be back then when you’re back ashore let that person know

2: Always listen to local weather forecast on the radio don’t sail if a storm is coming.

3: Make sure you know your water is because the charge is not always right. This past week What is the first time I ran our vessel ashore… Nothing was damaged except for my pride and I was able to maneuver my way out of the shallow water when’s high tide came 10 hours later-.- however the charts said the water was 6 to 8 feet in reality it was below 4 🙁

4: life jackets life jackets life jackets always make sure there are enough life jackets aboard = to whoever comes aboard. Always  keep a child life jacket aboard you never know when you’ll need it. And if there is a child aboard just make it a Stern rule that they always have to have a life jacket on you don’t want to be responsible for a child overboard drill without a life jacket. This isn’t just a safety concern but it’s actually required by the Coast Guard to carry one personal flotation device or PFD for short for each person aboard. 


There is three types of life jackets:


Type 1:  an offshore life jacket that will turn an unconscious person face up in the water 

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Type 2:A near-shore life vest that is more comfortable but won’t always turn an unconscious person right side up 


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And a type 3: A life jacket somewhere to type 2 designated so wear can turn themselves face up. A lotof these jackets are light and are inflatable upon hitting into water.

Take a look here !

It’s always a good idea to have extra length of line of board for docking or for use as backup or replacement of rigging. Have one short, thin line of several feet in the long one of 15 to 20 ft the long Line may help if there is a person in the water. You must throw a ring or lifejacket immediately to anyone who falls overboard and then turn around and get them the line may help bring them aboard.


Always have a whistle or horn aboard the Coast Guard says all vessels must have bored some effective means of making noise it could also be your voice if they ask and you don’t tell him it’s your voice. It’s also a good idea to tie a whistle to your life jacket I did so for my son and it is permanently fixed on his life jacket.


A life raft: You never know if something horrible go wrong it always feels good to have an emergency raft aboard. And in case of an emergency you should always have a ditch bag with food and first aid and water stored in it. Underway in large passages we Cliff a life jacket to our outboard. Just in case something insane happens in our boat is sinking fast we will be able to drop the outboard into the water and then pull it into the dinghy if we don’t have time to do it carefully.


The essentials:


Make sure You have a high protection sunscreen a board. You can get sunburned even if it’s cloudy remember to put some on your lips and nose. Make sure the lotion is not oily if you plan on going swimming. Oily sunscreen can also be a Slipping Hazard on deck or in the cockpit.





When you spend the day Outdoors your body needs water sodas and other sugary drinks are not great for quenching thirst nor is it good for your body. We store plastic water bottles in our bilge But those are more for emergencies. We ask anyone who comes aboard to bring a large sealable jug. 


Make sure you have a working Compass aboard you never know if you’re sailing instruments are going to fail. Remember that a compass always points magnetic north!


Well! I wish you nothing but safe sailing and I hope you take my advice seriously. 

Have a wonderful day

Sailing Spyridon

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