Since small recreational vessels are not required to carry a SART, what is the justification of having one onboard? ...

In distress? The faster that search and rescue authorities can be alerted the quicker that a coordinated search and rescue operation can begin ...

When disaster strikes onboard an assessment must be made whether to abandon the vessel. Save a life and review the Tips on WHEN and HOW to Abandon Ship. ...

What are the potential problems that could arise while at sea to endanger your ship and its crew? The list is pretty big. Ingress of water is the most obvious; on board fire, rig and engine failure, crew overboard, lack ...

Ditch bags, also called a go-bag or bail-bag. What's packed inside can spell the difference between life or death if you need to abandon vessel ...

Emergency positioning beacons can be the single most important piece of equipment aboard should something go catastrophically wrong. When all other means of rescue have failed having one goes a long way to assuring you and your crew can come ...

It was supposed to be a routine recreational passage from the Bahamas to Maryland. Yet, fate decided otherwise when without warning and in 20 knots of breeze, the mast came crashing down aboard the 36-foot catamaran, Cata-Tonic. The accident didn’t ...

I am a huge advocate of safety gear that keeps you safe—and a lukewarm advocate of safety gear that doesn’t. Huh? Example: I’d rather spend an additional $400 on my anchor and anchor chain than spend the same amount on an ...

When a vessel is in distress, the faster that search and rescue authorities can be alerted the quicker that a coordinated search and rescue operation can begin. That premise was the impetus behind the International Maritime Organization’s call for the ...

You are at sea and conditions have rapidly deteriorated. Your vessel is taking on water and the only option is to abandon ship. The radio equipment has been rendered useless and you are left floating or treading water in the ...