Staying safe offshore is key for us!
Safety Offshore: Staying safe offshore is key for us! The most important piece of equipment are our bluewater lifejackets from Spinlock. We like the fit and weight of the vests. The ergonomic deckvest feals really comfortable and offers all safety features. The lifevest has a sprayhood, light at night and ability to attach a beacon which will automatically release. We never leave the cockpit in case only one person is on deck, particular at night. In case only one person is on deck at night we wear the lifejacket and beacon and use the safety harness attached to the life jacket. Beacon not bacon or MOB recovery You should always avoid a man overboard situation at all cost, particular being a small crew. When we are sailing, one person could be asleep and might not hear that the other person went overboard. A beacon could alert the remaining team on board or wake them up. The team will be able to see the exact position of the person overboard on the plotter. The best chance of a rescue comes always from your own vessel which should be closest by. We have two different beacons on board. The MOB beacon from Ocean Signal (rescueME MOB1) the world smallest AIS man overboard locator attached to our lifejackets. The system will automatically be activated. It will broadcast an AIS alert on our chart plotter, sends a DSC alert via VHF to all ships nearby and has a high intensity strobe light at night. The second beacon alert system we have on board are PLB = Personal Locator Beacon. The PLB beacon sends on activation the position via satellite to a rescue operation center. The device has to be registered with the relevant emergency contacts. We love the device because it is really small [...]