One of the first things you need to know BEFORE becoming an active bluewater cruiser is to know how to send a MAYDAY. Sure, the VHF radio is equipped with a red ‘panic’ type button but that’s not necessarily going to save you. Your chances for getting help increase drastically if you follow up an
There are a couple must-have books for sailors…errr, actually, there are loads of great books out there for sailors. I’d be happy to tell you all the great books we have but the best ‘must-have’ books are the one’s that I’ve written. Check the following two books as I’m positive they’ll be helpful, practical and
At first I thought it was only me that baulked at the idea of having to make a VHF radio broadcast and understanding VHF radio etiquette My husband, Simon, went to extreme measures to try and get me to make a call. He’d say that he couldn’t leave the cockpit and yell, ‘just make the
After deciding to sell all our possessions, buy a 56′ yacht and sail around the world, we decided to take some courses. Two of the courses we opted for included, First Aid for Boaters and Medical Care Aboard Ships. Within both courses, the first thing we learned was how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Recitation (CPR).
After deciding to sell up and sail around the world my husband was insistent that we took a First Aid at Sea course. I wasn’t so eager – my position on First Aid has always been, ‘oh – someone else will be around to do that CPR stuff…’ However, after thinking about things for