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Old 17-07-2015, 07:50   #61
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Re: Am I Going To Die - Farr 44

Remember that hull design is one of the least important factors as to whether you will DIE offshore. More important:

1. Avoid storms - Have a primary and backup system to receive weather reports. Never let schedule be prioritized over weather. Don't leave harbor if you have any question. Don't leave harbor if the locals are staying put.

2. Don't fall overboard - Harness jack lines should not let you get over the lifelines. Configure sail controls to keep you in the safety of the cockpit in heavy weather.

3. Don't broach in a storm - practice setting up your boat to forereach or heave to (your's won't heave to). Have a drogue, sea anchor or perhaps best a Jordan drogue

4: Storm flooding - replace, reinforce or carry storm covers for all cabin openings - hatches, companionway, large ports

5. Breakdown: Replace any "life critical" systems that might look OK but have reached a conservative service life - keel bolts, steering gear, standing rigging, chain plates, sails, halyards, spreaders, below waterline hoses, house batteries, alternator, engine starter. Clean fuel tank and install dual switchable fuel filter. Test emergency steering system under sail.
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