Along with life jackets, a VHF radio, the right anchor and ground tackle, and a handful of other safety items, the most important thing you can pack aboard your boat is a mind-set known as “situational awareness.”
If seeing is believing, seeing is also knowing — knowing what’s happening around you in plenty of time to deal with waves, other vessels, shoals and rocks.
These humble handles keep the water out
More than 40 percent of boats that sink do so at the dock or on a mooring, and the majority of these can be attributed to water flooding into the boat through an underwater skin fitting, according to insurer BoatUS.
Chris Fertig - An offshore racer on good seamanship
Being prepared plays a critical role in overall seamanship. Think ahead. Plan. Train. Have patience. Equip with redundancy. These are all simple pieces of advice many old salts preach.Chris Fertig may not be an old salt, but he has plenty of time on the water.
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