Safety precautions - little people
So my wife is getting rather concerned about my upcoming boating adventures with the kids... She read the MOB article in Powerboat and RIB mag and now wants to train the family.
I agree with this in principle, however, I would not expect (or want) my 6 year old or 8 year old to take the helm, re start the engine, and perform MOB drills if dad ends up in the water and they're on their own.
So, what is the recommended common sense drill for this where young kids are involved (the, "when I were a lad we didn't have life jackets, phones, kill chords, etc." argument doesn't seem to cut it with the Mrs ;-)
Worst case scenario in my mind is weather turns nasty, dad falls overboard, knocked unconscious, kill chord slips and doesn't cut engine... (If we all end up in the drink that's an entirely different game)
Since I have the VHF on my life jacket it's useless to them. My suggestion is: drill them well in the cutting of engine procedure, dropping anchor, and get a PLB which they can be instructed in the use of. Mobile phone will always be in the boat and they will be drilled in the coastguard call procedure...
Does anyone have any further suggestions/advice?
They're both already familiar with using tiller engines and driving boats... But I wouldn't want them to in an emergency situation as described.