Safety and Storm Tactics

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 By Ed Eisenberger, Cruising World MagazineHurricane experts are predicting that the next 20 years will be more active than the last. As sailors, there’s nothing we can do to change the outcome of these predictions. But we can be prepared. Planning for the safety of your boat and where it will survive best is a lot like the real estate business: location, location, location. And determining what steps you need to take should begin before a hurricane threatens. The first major decision, one that affects all subsequent action, is: Where will you keep...

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1. When preparing a vessel for the approach of a tropical wave, depression, tropical storm or hurricane, be sure to close all seacocks, except the cockpit scupper seacocks. Leave the cockpit scuppers open to allow rain water and sea spray to drain out of the cockpit. During one tropical storm, a large sailboat was blown onto soft sand in shoal water and would have suffered minimal damage. However, since the galley and head sink seacocks were left open, seawater flooded the vessel while the yacht was careened on its side. The interior was pa...

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Your boat is booked, the bags are almost packed and you're counting down the days to a perfect charter sail-away vacation. It will be just that - as long as you tack around some health and safety issues common to tropical places.There are a few safety checks you can make before you even leave home. If you have any health questions or concerns, consult your doctor before departure. Fill prescriptions and bring extras along in case your travel is delayed, along with spare glasses and contact lenses. Call your health insurance company so you understand your...

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