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I've never taken an unpowered, hand-built raft out onto a commercial river, but I do have experience under sail and under power on the Columbia River in the United States. What I know about maritime law, tradition and etiquette might not be exactly what they expect in Europe, but I imagine the principles are much the same. In most cases, a craft without a ...


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In addition to xpda's answer: Any time you're out sailing and hat or something falls in the water, it's time to practice a MOB drill. Run the full protocol, including yelling out "MAN OVERBOARD" (even it's it's a female hat). Set up deliberate drills by throwing a fender overboard. Practice in a variety of conditions (especially wind strength) and ...


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If you run out of fuel, have engine trouble, run aground soft, when there is no immediate danger to the marine environment, the boat, or the persons on board, then towing is just towing. If a vessel is hard aground, stranded, on fire, or sinking, and is towed from the site, it may be considered a salvage operation. This once meant a reward of a portion of ...


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If there is another person person onboard, have them do nothing but watch the person in the water. They should point a finger at person in the water and never take their eyes off. Toss out life buoys, life slings, floating cushions, etc. If you have it, hit a man overboard button on your GPS. If not, make a waypoint. Stop the boat, lower the sails. Motor ...


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I want to rent a boat (not a pontoon, but one with a sleeping area, bathroom etc.) which I can use for an overnight stay in open ocean. I am an absolute beginner about boats and don't know anything besides that boats run on water. For virtually all skill levels this is a very poor idea. You should not under (almost) any circumstances spend the night in ...


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Children are a relatively high risk on board a small boat. At 4 or 5 years old they don't know enough about safety, and by their teens they are either convinced that they are invincible, or terrified that they will drown, so at either end of that spectrum there are challenges. Ideally you want everyone on the boat to be a very strong swimmer. This ...


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Yes. My wife is a geologist and has been on a couple of research cruises in the south Pacific and Indian oceans. It used to be quite common to have a "swim call" when the seas were calm. The vessel would stop, and the crew and scientific staff would go for a swim. In one case a student lost her leg to a shark during a swim call on a NOAA ship. I believe that ...


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You've got quite a bit of study before you are ready for this kind of voyage. I am not how far off shore "open ocean" means to you, but if it's anything beyond swimming distance to shore, you're going to need more training. What is the kind of boat called? Generally it is called a bareboat charter. To my knowledge, most bareboat charters are for sailboats. ...


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We took my youngest with us in a punt on the river Cam when she was ten days old. Slightly different age and size but as they are effectively immobile, they are actually easier than once they hit toddler age. Some things you do want to check: are you both very strong swimmers? If there is an issue, whoever is holding the baby needs to be able to keep ...


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The good news Navigating the Danube with a raft is certainly possible, and has been done: for instance, Flossbusters are a group of Dresdners who went all the way from Bertoldsheim to the Black Sea on a home-built raft over the course of five summers. Their craft, the good ship Dresden, looks quite similar to what you envisage: Source: flossbusters.de ...


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Addition to the other answers: when a man is overboard, one man must always point at him with the finger, so not to lose sight. Throw something visible as soon as possible, such as a floating flag. when you approach the victim, keep the man downwind. The natural inclination of the boat under wind will push the downwind side closer to the water, making ...


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My mother suffers from every form of travel sickness, and the only solutions she has found that help to ameliorate the symptoms (if not actually remove them entirely) are: Drugs: specifically Stugeron Bracelets: I am a bit skeptical of these, as is Skeptics.SE, but they seem to work for her. Example here If I feel at all queasy in really heavy seas (ie ...


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Set the anchor by reversing the engine until the anchor chain is tight, and then run the engine at medium speed to make sure the anchor has dug in. You can watch a GPS to make sure the speed is around zero (and the anchor is not dragging) when you're doing this. However, if the tide and/or wind changes, it can pull out a set anchor. If you use a LOT of ...


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I would say it depends on what other materials you have and how cold the water is. So if the water is cold, it's really important to stay out of it. If not, you can maybe endure having your feet hanging in, for example. It also depends on how much time you have to build the raft. If you're in an emergency situation, don't even try a burn out canoe, it's too ...


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Reddit helped me out! It's a Sears Jet wind!


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The examples on the site only show inshore sports sailing with a hydrofoil. This does look like fun, and downwind performance can be exceptional. Though I doubt that inshore fleet racing would be possible as the kites would surely get tangled. As for bluewater sailing, it seems that no-one is arguing that it is practical with current technology. Masts ...


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I was lucky enough to take both dinghy sailing lessons and later cruiser sailing lessons. It's an approach I'd really recommend. Sailing a dinghy will teach you to watch the sails and the wind much more easily than in a cruiser. All the skills you learn in a dinghy will apply to a cruiser (except capsize drill, hopefully). They are also a lot of fun, and ...


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I'm a seasoned traveler, former deckhand, and a budding reference librarian, all qualities that uniquely situate me to answer your question. When I was working as a deckhand in Alaska I battled seasickness everyday. I found these things helpful: sit or stand near the rear (stern) of the vessel sit near a source of fresh air face forward rest your head ...


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What xpda writes about setting the anchor is right (although hopefully you know this if you are sailing your own boat). As well as what he says, make sure you have the right kind of anchor for the bed, and you have enough rode (rope or chain). For overnight it should be at least 7 times the water depth. The longer the better, within reason. Here are some ...


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No the keel doesn't move. You can find the class rules for the Maxi 72 class here. The relevant rule is D.2.4 which specifies One fixed centreline keel, solid in profile. No part shall be adjustable when racing and there shall be no movement beyond the normal elasticity of the materials used. No wings or winglets. I short they have a fixed keel. I ...


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It is a 'on station grinder' a centralized station for turning the winches of the sheets (lines) attached to the clue of a sail. they are multi-speed meaning you can have a serious mechanical advantage (5,10 15 30:1) under dire conditions that a 2 speed winch with a handle simple can not work unless you have Arnold on board. and even then.. generally used ...


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Windpaddle Sails is your answer. I sail the Alapcka Packrafts often and it is awesome! Check out this blog post about sailing with a bike and a packraft. Only works with a tail wind, but does not require a mast.


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Dimenhydrinate (popularly known as Gravol in Canada and as Dramamine, Driminate, Gravamin, Vomex, and Vertirosan in the USA) is an over-the-counter drug used to prevent nausea and motion sickness that's considered highly effective. Anecdotally, I was constantly throwing up on boats in South East Asia until I started taking gravol.


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I have friends with a sailboat who wanted to take their <1yr infant on their sailboat with them, and so consulted the (Canadian) coastguard about how best to protect her. The good news is that very young children (< 2 yrs, I think) don't count as passengers from a legal point of view; so there are no legal requirements to fulfil, just what you need to ...


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We did a few cruises with our kids, and had experienced the traditional (and good !) recommendations you can read below/above. I will add a bit of the reality with our rules/experiences - take it and adapt it as you like. We have always been in the situation of 2 couples with 4 children between 5 and 12. the children are ALWAYS in the cockpit for any ...


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I looked into this a while ago when I was planning on making my own sailing rig for my canoe. The answer largely depends on the size of your sail, and whether or not you have a prominent keel, but if you want to put your paddle away and actually sail your canoe, then you need both a outriggers and leeboards. I've been looking at getting this kit for my 17.5'...


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(I realize my vocabulary about those things in english is very limited. Please edit if I use the wrong words) My understanding of how that works is that the outrigger displaces the amount of force applied by the wind, like so: | | WIND -> | | | BOAT -> O VS | | WIND -> | | | BOAT -&...


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I'm a sailboat skipper with 25 years experience, so perhaps my tips could help a bit. Since the skipper is responsible for the safety and well-being of his/her crew, he or she also has a responsibility to avoid when possible situations which will make members of his crew seasick. For the crew: If you are susceptible to seasickness, consider starting to ...



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