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Using your Life Raft

by Switlik on 14. Nov, 2017 in Life Rafts

Reprint from Latitutes & Attitudes
Captain Richard Switlik


What do I do if I need it? 

Now that you've installed your raft, how do you launch it when needed? Unfortunately, there is no method or sequence that is appropriate for all circumstances. Remember the lawyer’s saying, "Circumstances alter cases." The amount of time you have is the main thing to consider. Fire, the raft's location, how fast water is coming in, number and condition of crew, and wind and sea conditions all may alter your actions.

You should follow these basic steps, however, for virtually all situations:

A case where preparations were key to mariners’ safety

by Switlik on 13. Nov, 2017

Accidents at sea can and do happen. Being prepared for them can be a matter of life or death.

Small doesn't have to be less safe

by Switlik on 08. Nov, 2017 in Aviation

They’re called puddle jumpers and island hoppers, to name just a few. And while most of us have had an experience or two flying in small planes, because of their size some tend to think they aren’t as safe as larger aircraft.

How to respond to person overboard

by Switlik on 27. Oct, 2017 in Marine

Most of us don’t want to consider the unthinkable while out sailing or cruising on the open waters, but accidents do happen and being prepared for emergencies, such as a person overboard, is essential to mariner safety.

According to the U.S. Sailing organization, “man overboard” is the third most nautical hail after “Land Ho!” and “Thar She Blows,” but it is clearly the most life-threatening.

5 great Fall fishing destinations

by Danielle Connelly on 23. Oct, 2017 in Marine

The summer tourists may be long gone, but the fish are still jumping in many popular Northeast destination. Fall is typically when you can enjoy some of the region’s most exciting fishing of the year.

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