Boat Handling

Man Overboard Drill

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Man Overboard Drill – Getting the MOB aboard Getting an MOB aboard a boat can be very challenging. The MOB is likely to be exhausted, shocked, cold or injured and will have little strength to help themselves aboard. • Once alongside, tether MOB to the boat using a line looped around their arms with a bowline • Ensure boat is stopped and engine in neutral• An...

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First Aid Afloat – fish spine injury

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First Aid Afloat – Here is what to do if somebody stands on a fish spine: • Check for dangers. Is it safe for you to enter the water? • Check for levels of response and for normal breathing • Inform emergency services if necessary • If needed treat serious bleeding • If easily done remove embedded fish spines Immerse wound in as hot water as possible without...

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Hourly Checks when sailing or motoring

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  Hourly Checks Get into the habit of carrying out these checks and both yourself, your crew and your boat will be safer: Fill in log book Filling in the log book can seem an unnecessary chore but having a record of courses and positions is valuable if you have an electrical or electronic failure. You can also see weather trends.   Engine compartment A regular check...

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Boat Handling – anchoring

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Anchoring your yacht or motorboat Anchoring is one of the most important boat handling skills. If you can set an anchor correctly with confidence and know your boat will be safe in a secure anchorage, then you can rest in comfort and will not need to rely on moorings and marinas when cruising. You can also leave your boat at anchor and go ashore safe in the...

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Dag Pike’s Boat Survey

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We’re really pleased to be working with Dag Pike on some great new apps for iPhone & Android. Here’a a bit more about the first app: Dag Pike’s Boat Inspection App Dag began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world,...

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