Precautions and Equipment needed for Safe Sailing


Sailing across the ocean is a huge process; it doesn’t always go according to plan. You can’t just sit out there; most of the time, you will be doing something, but if you find passion and enjoyment in sailing, it’s a very life-altering and memorable experience for the rest of your lives. You can enjoy the loneliness by admiring nature, the sunset, and the ocean. Sailing is phenomenological; it puts you right there, with no filters; it puts you right through the world around you. Sailing makes you learn what living is.

Here let’s discuss sailing across the ocean with a boat, checklist before starting, equipment needed, and everything you need. 

Safety measure

Before leaving the house, file a float plan that tells somebody ashore where you are going, whos going to be on the boat, and when you expect to be back. 

Life Raft

A life raft is a must for the number of people on your yacht, and it must meet some international standards.

Emergency Positioning Beacon and Automatic Identification System:

An emergency positioning beacon is also a must-have. It is a device that automatically activated when put into water and it will alert search and rescue services (SAR) in an emergency.

To know more about EPIRB, PLB and AIS, Click Here.

Another must-have is AIS – Automatic Identification System is a positioning system used to show your boat position in the ocean.

To know more about EPIRB, PLB and AIS, Click Here.

Flares

This is a must have. Click here to know more about flares and International Distress Signals.

Must Checks:

  1. Do a complete engine check.
  2. Check the fuel levels and ensure the oil level is ok. Also, check the water levels. 
  3. Check the weather forecast and tides.
  4. Study the chart to get familiar with the area.
  5.  Make sure you have enough life jackets of the right size for your passengers.
  6. Please ensure a throwable onboard is readily available and everybody knows how to use it.
  7. Make sure to turn on the engine battery and check if it works.
  8. Open the seacock and run the bilge blower for three to four minutes if you have an inboard or sterndrive gas engine.
  9. Check the cooling water levels. 
  10. Start the engine and check if everything works properly; finally, disconnect the shore power and cast off the lines.

Equipments needed

1. It’s wise to have a walkie-talkie for communication from different parts of the boat to instruct someone or even to communicate up to 1.5 miles if the connection is good. Both participants must have a Bluetooth, wifi, or cellular connection. It’s waterproof.

2. You can get an internet extension for better internet connectivity.

3. The essential thing that must be on your list is your head torch. It’s not safe to go cruising without a headtorch; you will use it every day to do hands-free action whenever needed; it’s a helpful tool. Get a rechargeable one, and it’s better to have a backup. It’s better to get one with red light for night vision. 

4. A thermostat is a small device to tell the accurate temperature. You can have multiple of it wherever needed. It’s wireless.

5. mini lighter plug inverter you will constantly be using. It’s powerful enough to charge a laptop, or you can charge anything needed.

6. you can take a pressure cooker and cruising cookbook. It will be very helpful.

7. A collapsable trolley cart we can’t stress enough about its uses to carry anything. However, if you start using it, you will find it very convenient. 

8. Garmin inreach a satellite phone is way cheaper than a satellite phone and iridium go but very useful to share signals, send and receive messages; give it a try.  

9. Also, flippers will be very useful in the case of deep diving; you can also take water shoes which will be very protective if you don’t want sharp rocks to cut you while diving .they can also be used for walking, unlike flippers.

10. Have plenty of music and podcasts downloaded. Kindle can help you download plenty of audiobooks and Spotify, and also have the habit of filming day-to-day events for long memories.

11. An earplugs and eyemask can be beneficial as boats are noisy, and eye mask, you can get some daytime rest. 

12. You can take the currency of the visiting country or a travel card with you for a smooth shopping. 

13. a sky map or map of the star located at a particular location at a specific time.

14. A good cushion for the cockpit to lie down or sit for hours will help. 

15. Dyneema and ducktape with that, you can fix anything in the boat. 

16. shore support one or few people follow you during your journey and can help you with whatever it is like weather, emergencies, like how to check in customs, they can even guide you on repairing if your boat broke. You will have access to satellite email to contact them. 

17. A medical kit – You can plan and take medicines from a doctor’s advice for any illness, from antibiotics to antipsychotic drugs if needed; you can find such doctors from cruising clubs to consult them and get medicines. You can have a google docs document shared between you, the doctor, and the shore support. 

18. a support doctor’s phone number you can give a ring from satellite phone or your shore support can reach him. 

14. iridium go with predict wind. It was a vital tool since predict-wind is the best tool to weather forecast with different weather models with interactive and innovative tools. 

15. LED light globes you can use all around the boat. Again, it’s a viable power-saving option. Also, you can use solar power lights. 

Don’t forget to take power banks. 

With all that said above, you need peace of mind for a remarkable journey; with all we mentioned above, you will have peace of mind with all safety measures.

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