©Maritime New Zealand
“October 17–24 has been declared Safer Boating Week this year, in what will become an annual focus on keeping boaties safe in the lead up to Labour Weekend – the traditional time to get boats and gear ready for summer.”*1
“The vast majority of recreational boating fatalities do occur on boats under 6m. It’s simply a fact that you are more vulnerable on small boats.”*2
“A total of 23 boaties died on the water last year. The same number had died this year as of yesterday.”*3
FIVE TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER:
* Check your boat
* Wear your life jacket
* Take two forms of waterproof communication equipment
* Check the maritime weather forecast
* Avoid alcohol
Maritime New Zealand*1 *2
New Zealand Herald*3
Title: Voyaging Under Power
Author: Robert P. Beebe & Denis Umstot
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: January 16, 2013
Pages: 448 pages (Hardcover)
Price: NZ$40.08 (Book Depository)
Guide to cross the oceans and see the world in comfort and safety.
Title: The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather
Author: Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
Publisher: International Marine/ Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: 2007
Price: US$11.49 (Amazon.com) Kindle Version
For sailing boats, planing boats and displacement boats. For everyone who wants to anchor in a bay and sleep well without waking up every few hours and getting up to check the anchor!
Has it dragged?
Will I hit the boat next door?
Am I going to hit the rocks in the night?
Whether you have an anchor on your boat already or you are looking at buying a boat this book will advise you in choosing the correct anchor for the conditions where you are anchoring and how to anchor properly. You may find it encouraging finding that you already have the right size,weight and style but if you have purchased this book or are thinking then perhaps your boat has already dragged in the night. Get a good night’s sleep with the right anchor. How about the chain? I have the kindle version but I may just get the paperback too.
When: Used to tie a mooring line from a boat to a post, a very reliable knot
A knot that you need to be able to tie with your eyes closed or in the dark. You may arrive at a marina at night.
A knot that you need to know for the Day Skipper Certificate Course, New Zealand
Is this a left or a right handed knot?
How to tie a bowline instructions here
Title: Sea Survival Handbook
Author: Keith Colwell
Publisher: The Royal Yachting Association
Date Published: 2010
Price: NZ$25.70 (Book Depository)
Written as a course book for the one day course in Sea Survival.
A common sense approach to sea survival explained well to the complete novice with plenty of diagrams. Knowing what to do if an emergency situation occurs could mean the difference between life and death. We hope it never comes to that but being prepared is in our own best interest. Help is not always there when you need it so knowledge in helping yourself is vital.
Title: Flood Tide
Author: Heather Heberley
Publisher: Cape Catley
Date Published: 1997
Price: NZ$19.47 (Fishpond.co.nz)
A sequel to the autobiography Weather Permitting by Heather Heberley. Heather talks in more detail about her family and their adventures living off the land and the sea. She goes into the history of her husband’s family and the relationship with Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island, New Zealand
If you happen to find yourself in the water without a flotation device/life jacket then the best way of floating while in rough, open water is the survival float or the face down float. This style of floating allows you to conserve your energy so you can stay in the water for longer. Variations for individual buoyancy can be accomplished by adjusting the legs by drawing them up toward the chest or extending them out and adjusting the arms by extending them or drawing them in towards the chest. These actions balance the floater around the chest, the center of buoyancy.
In calmer waters lying on your back or back floating is best.
Read more: here