All About EPIRBs

I am back to studying my Ocean Yachtmaster course today. Its pouring with rain outside and after listening to an incredible rescue story this week, I thought it was timely to do some research on EPIRB’s For my faithful non-sailing readers (thanks Mum) EPIRB stands for Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon. By the way Mum,…

Accidents Will Happen

Skippers – both recreational and commercial, have always been responsible for the safety of their vessels and the people on board in the eyes of the law, but what exactly does this mean in practice? The first thing to note is that in New Zealand there is no requirement to have any kind of ┬álicense…

Servicing Your Life Jacket

When was the last time you serviced your inflatable life jacket? Well I am ashamed to say ┬áthat the last time I did mine was NEVER!! However after watching this cool YouTube video I realised it wasn’t actually that hard and I should just get my act together and do it.

What’s in your Grab Bag?

I bought Andrew a lovely new Grab bag for Christmas. I am so thoughtful. A grab bag goes hand in hand with our life raft – in the category of things you need to have that cost lots of money and take up space but you hope you never have to use. This is the…

Preparing for a Storm

I went to an interesting talk the other night at the Little Ship Club. David & Jackie Peers were talking about their experience in the Philippines when they were in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan. Their advice – if you are in a port – get off the boat. There is very little you…

Liferaft

Our life raft is the most expensive thing we have ever bought that we hope we never have to use! However I imagine that if you were sitting in your life raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean it is probably something you had wished you had spent MORE money on?! Let’s hope it…

Fun with Flares!

We had a flare demonstration at the yacht club tonight which was an interesting experience! The cruising commodore – David and myself got permission from Maritime New Zealand to hold the event and we also had to inform Airways/Air Traffic, the Police, the Harbour Master, the Port, Coastguard and the Fire Brigade. Then we contacted…