Originally Posted by estarzinger
Let me try to summarize the point I was trying to make in this thread:
The mind of the skipper is more important than the rescue equipment.
Originally Posted by estarzinger
Priority SAFETY measures to PREVENT rescue
Not comprehensive, be interested in others thoughts and ideas and additions
- how many have taken the sort of training that catamount has mentioned (first aid, water
survival, fire fighting, flares and rafts)? Knowing what to do and how to do it is critical in surviving.
-How many have pulled and inspected all their thru-hulls and hoses this year?
-How many have pulled their rudders and inspected the stock and bearing/seal and checked to see there is no water
in the blade?
- How many have inspected/replaced the various rubber parts
on their fuel system and engine
-How many have inspected all their electrical
connections, especially inside the shore power plug recently?
- How many have opened and cleaned their fuel tanks?
- How many have automatic fire extinguishers in their engine
- How many have absolutely oversized and best designed anchors?
- How many have bow crash boxes and fore/aft water
-How many have dorades and/or hatches that will not down flood if capsized
Evans, one thing I see missing from your list is attention to the mast
and standing rigging
-- When's the last time you pulled the mast
and thoroughly inspected/replaced the rigging
? Pulled the chainplates and inspected or replaced them
In another context ("Project Boat" project priority setting
), I had organized and prioritized things along the following lines:
1) Make sure the boat is not going to sink -- pay attention to your thru hulls, seacocks, and plumbing
2) Make sure the keel
is going to stay on. (and I should add rudder)
3) Make sure the mast is going to stay up -- replace standing rigging, chainplates, etc...
4) Make sure the water stays out -- rebed hardware
, etc.. (add hatches that don't flood, high companionway sills, etc...)
5) Make sure the boat will not catch fire -- redo electrical wiring
Some of the things on your list (cleaning the fuel tank
, replacing rubber parts
on the engine) seem to assume that a working engine
is a primary safety system, which is a point that I suppose some might argue is perhaps not so critical(?)
I think the general principles here are "inspect, rather than expect..." and "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure..."
Some additional thoughts:
* Make sure that the crew is up to the task -- this includes the practical safety training, and practice, but also things like physical fitness and health, adequate rest and nutrition, etc...
* Make sure the crew stays on board -- pay attention to hand-holds and toe-holds, the condition of your non-skid, keeping the decks clear, etc...first -- then you can think about harnesses, tethers and jacklines
* Make sure you can see and be seen
-- the crash box (particularly) and water-tight bulkheads are mitigation measures for the event of running into something, but what can we do to avoid running into something (or being run-into) in the first place?
Earlier in the thread, when you first posted some of your suggested measures, asking how many have done this or that, you also asked "if not, why not?"
I have some possibilities (not that any of these apply to me --
I've done everything on your list, well, almost
- cost, not just monetary, but primarily the cost in time and the mental "energy" used up thinking about these things, as well as the cost in inconvenience and lost
opportunity (just for example: fitting a water-tight bulkhead is a lot of work: removing the interior
, grinding down the hull
in preparation for tabbing in the bulkhead, sending dust everywhere in the process, and you can't use the boat while this is going on, and then once the bulkhead is installed it inhibits your movement through the boat, limiting access to previously useful areas, and so on)
- lack of knowledge of (a) their importance, and/or (b) how to accomplish them
- trust that the designer
of the boat knew what they were doing, and that if these things really made a difference (e.g. super-strong rudders, excellent keel
attachments, water-tight bulkheads, etc...), they would have come with the boat
- buying and fitting fancy new "toys" (e.g., liferafts, EPIRBs) is more fun and "flashier" than investing in the boat's basic systems
EDIT: one more reason for not -- the rules don't require it (but do require buying all that rescue gear) ....