If you have a sailing license, but have never really sailed, or have not sailed for a long time, you might want to refresh your memory. To help you with that, there are a lot sailing refreshment programs, which usually last a week and will give you confidence to start sailing on your own again.
NightSpotter Thermal Scope 240 is a thermal camera, very useful for onboard night vision when sailing. It provides very precise image based on thermal energy emission. It can be life-saver in very dangerous MOB situations during the night. The camera can also help you in situations such as sailing at night anchoring during the night in a cove that you do not know that well.
MOB (man overboard) light by the English manufacturer Exposure Marine won the design award in the category of life-saving and safety equipment at this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam. This powerful torch activates when touched and thrown. Its main purpose is to be thrown to a person who fell overboard. It has a light range of 180 m and a strobe light that can reach up to 5 NM.
Sailing a yacht is usually a pleasant and relaxed experience. However, sometimes problems related to steering can occur. The inability to steer a yacht can be of mechanical and electronic nature. Some of those issues can be solved by people who are aboard the yacht, but some of them demand a call for help. Learn more about how to fix steering problems.
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a life-threatening situation when sailing. But you should be prepared for one at all times. On your boat, you should have a backpack or a bag that contains items which can help you survive at sea. These items are meant to keep you alive until the help comes, in case of emergency.
The Blue Ribbon by The Seafarers’ Union of Croatia rewards the individual or the crew for their exceptional bravery and/or good seamanship achieved within the past year during their service. For the year 2014 the winners were Bojan Tasić and the crew of Kehoe Tide.
Steve Callahan survived 76 days adrift on the Atlantic Ocean in a life raft. What helped him survive, among other things, was his ability to see the nice things in the worst situations – he described the night sky over the ocean as “A view of heaven from a seat in hell.”
Galatea Team is a professional help and assistance network that has an international team of experts to solve problems and provide help to skippers. The heart of the Galatea system is a massive data of technical specifications and user manuals. They also have a platform called MyBoats, for smartphone and tablet computers.