letsgetsailing, I don't deny that risks exist (I suffered a serious head
a C&C44 27 years ago), but, knock-on-wood, in 40 years on the water
there was only that one time that I needed to seek emergency medical
treatment for self or crew. On land, we several times have needed medical
assistance (and I live with a doctor!) for illness or injury. I worry more about a serious injury while my five children
are bicycling on the streets in the rural town where we live than about a serious injury while cruising.
As far as minor injuries, resupplying the first aid-kit tells the tale. We go through more bandages at home in a week for skinned knees or sprains than while cruising. Personally, I stub my toes more on the boat
, but I think that says more about my clumsiness than anything else. I have found that the only minor "injury" that happens more frequently while cruising is sunburn -- and you'd think that would be easily preventable.
Dangers abound while on the boat
-- losing someone overboard
chief among them -- but dangers are everywhere at home too. Experience shows that the zipline in the back-yard or wet tile in on the mudroom floor have caused more ambulance rides than anything on the boat. Yes, one could get ones fingers caught in a line on a winch
, but instead I've had to take my daughter to multiple specialists when she closed her hand in a car door.