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Decoding Operation Titanic

by Danielle Connelly on 06. Jun, 2017

In the days leading up to D-Day, Allied forces performed a series of operations to confuse Axis command and divert attention from the eventual landing at Normandy. Operation Bodyguard, consisting of smaller strategic campaigns, goal was to lead the Germans to believe the invasion of Europe would be later in various locations, with the primary locations being Pas de Calais and Norway.

Adding to The Ledger of the Deep

by Danielle Connelly on 05. Jun, 2017 in Marine

What’s really in a name?

Naming your boat goes back to the early days of sea-faring when names were given for logistic reasons, much like today’s registration numbers. Tradition continued through and with it the lure of superstition. Legend has it that Poseidon/Neptune (depending on which deity you prefer, Greek or Roman) keeps The Ledger of the Deep, a scroll containing all of the names of all of the boats. If your boat name is on the list, you’re in luck, Poseidon or Neptune will protect your boat. Not on the list? Godspeed on the seas.

Are you prepared for safe boating?

by Danielle Connelly on 22. May, 2017 in Marine

With just one week away from the unofficial start of summer, we are definitely daydreaming of summer days out on the boat, enjoying some sun. The fun does however bring some risk. In 2015, where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. The Coast Guard does require a life vest be on board for every passenger and that children must wear one at all times. Wearing a life vest can go a long way providing buoyancy while waiting for rescue, but sometimes, just a life vest isn’t enough.

Inflating the life jacket

by Danielle Connelly on 17. May, 2017 in Aviation

With a majority of the “living space” on Earth covered by water, what can we do to avoid exploring the oceanic crust?

The idea of a life preserver has been around since early day explorers and nomads, using inflated animal bladders for support crossing water but began shaping into modern versions by Norwegian seamen, on their travels creating buoyant packages consisting of wood or cork to be used as flotation devices in case of capsize. This soon sparked inventors to develop different ring buoys, ballast belts, and full body suits. From there, designs refined, and the development of the life jacket gets a little “inflated” as several are credited with the wearable cork jacket:

Life Rafts 101: A Buyers Guide for Responsible Offshore Anglers

by Ryan Taffet on 02. May, 2017 in Marine, Life Rafts

Looking beyond the “box” and “bag”

As much as it pains me to do so, I will admit that when shopping for a life raft, to the untrained eye they all essentially look the same. When looking at life rafts you will typically find a quality/performance/features versus price “value matrix”. Simply put, you get what you pay for.

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