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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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With all of the attention trying find the guys on the Gulf of Mexico, I thought I would bring up a few saftey thoughts while boating.

1 - File a float plan with a friend not going with you - try to stick with your planned departures and arrivals.
2 - Check the weather...with the functionality of the cell phones these days...you can check the weather while you are near shore too.
3 - If the water is getting rough, make sure you wear you life jacket.
4 - Apparently they were trying to ride out the weather at anchor. Make sure you have a scope of at least 10:1 in rough weahter (if you are in 10 feet of water, you need to have 100 feet of anchor line out).
5 - If your boat capsizes, stay with the boat. It's a lot easier to see the a boat than a person.
6 - Have a Marine radio if you plan to go baoting out of cell range.

I know SE Michigan and Lake St. Clair does not seem dangerous, but I've been on the lake with 6 footers...I've been in 8-10 footers on Lake Erie...

Boat safe! Summer will be here soon...
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info!
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Any other safety ideas?
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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Any other safety ideas?
check the Fing weather report before heading out to open water
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Always prepare a ditch bag. This bag can contain all of your required safety equipment and then some in an easy to access location. This bag should be self boyant, and water resistant. Flares, Handheld VHF radio, First-Aid Kit...

With the relatively cheap costs of P-EPIRB's these days there is no excuse to not have one when going into open waters (Read- OCEAN), there are many organizations including Boat U.S. who will rent out EPIRB's.

Know your limits and your ability to handle a vessel in rough conditions.

-If those guys really were trying to ride out the weather at the end of a hook they are not very smart. Had there boat been prepared for open water excursions they should have had a sea anchor, which when set up porperly, would have kept the bow into the waves and they would not have gone over.

And STAY WITH THE BOAT.
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Dry Bags with cell phones and electronics, portable marine radio as well as normal VHS, EPIRB, Don't ANCHOR IN 10-15 FOOT SEAS, use a SEA/DRIFT anchor. Wear a life vest.

Do not tie yourself to the boat, but use ropes with loops tied in them to hold on to to stay with the boat in the event the boat capsizes and you slip off you will be able to be pulled back to the boat by your friends.
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check the Fing weather report before heading out to open water
Changes fast, real fast. I've headed out in mild 1-2 foot waves only to encoutner nasty lk st. clair stacked up 4 footers in no time....ask hoser, hacksaw or sol goode about the red bull air races.
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When we left Boca on friday NOAA had a small craft advisory for the next three days IIRC. 35 miles is a long way in rough water.
We carry two radios: one in the boat and a portable.
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All good comments.

RE those guys staying with the boat, it appears they were with the boat for quite a while until hypothermia started to set in. At that point you start to lose reaction time and the ability to grip. If a rope was available they should have tied themselves on. But if it wasn't, they probably lost the ability to hang on and drifted away. Plus they were probably getting the shit beat out of them in those kind of waves.
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i had heard on the radio this morning that the lone survivor said the others took their fd's off as they lost hope. Not sure if it's true
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