Taking to the liferaft

What follows may sound like a trite observation, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. The best life-saving vessel at your disposal is the yacht herself. Unless she is terminally burning or in a sinking state, stay with her. She is bigger than the raft, so she is easier for SAR crews to see. She is also more comfortable, better equipped and, if she is still afloat when the danger is past, she has a better chance of carrying you in the direction you want to go - like home, perhaps. Once aboard the raft, you have abandoned all hope of navigating to safety. Your survival is entirely in the hands of others.

There is precedent aplenty to back up the statement that you arc safer on the boat so long as she swims. One of the more dramatic manifestations of this was in the gale-struck Fastnet Race of 1979 in which a number of people died in, or trying to reach, liferafts whose parent vessels were subsequently found floating and intact.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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