Originally Posted by Copinsay
Quite agree Gary - I must admit I'm amazed how unprepared (and unbothered) some folk are (of course not on here) when they go out. I can't relax and enjoy potentially dangerous activities if I'm not prepared.. Doing the practical RYA courses last winter really helped me to be now enjoying trips out now so much.
I think these days we are lucky with all the gadgets we can have to *supplement* good personal safety skills, and which just add to the enjoyment and interest of being out too.
Red thunder - Well I can readily recommend the TR-200 (especially at the price), although other units may be as good if not better - and some good prices on offer from people on here too.
Plus family and friends and maybe even your clients will like being able to see what you are doing on Marine Traffic Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions
in which you can also put contact details that can help with work etc like this: SKYLARK - Vessel's Details and Current Position - 0 - 235091893
Looks like a brilliant weekend for Ribbing coming up, up here.
Have a good and safe weekend to you all
Steve, I agree!
There are many good devices that all are aids to safety, and many of them are worthwhile and in most cases are worth the money. I do not advocate spending thousands on equipment (although it is easy to do so) but good basic kit will help, PLUS, the biggest part is having the training, and basic knowledge to keep yourself and your passengers safe.
If Ihad to choose between the training and gadgets, I would go with training every time, however the 2 compliment each other.
I have been involved in search and rescue, and picked up a few unlucky enough to have needed it, and I can assure you searching for a small craft in a bit of a sea is very hit and miss.
3 years ago I found 5 out of 6 chinese fisherman in a small 5M hard boat, (not rib, but similar size) after their larger vessel sank. It was a F4/5, and we found the bright orange boat, visually only, at a range of about 2 miles. Even then it was difficult to see. Sadly the last guy was never found. They had no VHF, flares, or AIS, and were just desperately hoping someone heard the distress call from their vessel, which had sank 12 hours before. They saw us well before we saw them, but they could not call to us for help.
At the same time there was Japanese coastgaurd and 2 helicopters searching as well.
It really brought home to me that it is really, really, important to have some kit, even if it is just basic flares, and VHF. Of course we cannot determine direction of a vhf signal, which is where an AIS would be perfect....
Anyway I dont need to convince you, as you already know this.....
Take care, and have fun,