Originally Posted by Ann T. Cate
I completely agree.
t's poissible that whichever of us was the survivor might have more of a hassle without getting okays from "the authorities", but in some cases it's easier to get forgiveness than permission. I am not sure of the maritime law on this issue, but there is a long history
Also, the actions depend partly on whether you believe it is necessary to preserve the body for religious reasons. Some people might be willing to keep a decaying body on deck
as it is spoiling. There are health
reasons for disposing of it, and also mental health
I think most of us hope it doesn't happen to us; I think you should talk with your partner about what you want/expect; and I think it's wise to think about it beforehand so as to plan, as a belowdecks death will require moving the corpse, how? before or after rigor mortis? clothe body for burial? Stitch through the nose? Which sail bag to use? Which weight? It will be slightly easier to handle if you've thought about it before, so there will be less pressure/stress on you.
I apologize to all who are offended by such plain talk. i know it can be really scary/threatening for some people to think about, let alone talk about. So, good luck with it, everyone.
Im a nube to the sailing community but my understanding is that from a legal
perspective, as captain
of the boat, you have a pretty wide area of legal
authority, ss the English
put it, 'Captain under God', or as the Dutch 'Captain beside God', humble bunch those Dutch
That includes performing marriages, presumably funerals, and even incarcerating/restraining someone, but in no way would not preclude taking the steps outlined above.
Those rules may have changed in today's pc society. If Im in error, please correct me.