After racing thousands of offshore miles and likely more than a thousand races on the Columbia River, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Bora Bora and in Puget Sound over 30+ years, I fell off a boat for the first time. Why? How? Who cares? Here are the lessons I learned:
It happens in an instant no matter how experienced you are.
We are the US importer of the award winning SOS Marine self-inflating man overboard buoy, or dan buoy, from Australia. It automatically deploys upon submersion in water. To trigger deployment, just toss it into the water immediately upon losing a crew overboard. Just Throw! Within seven seconds, the buoy self–inflates. This highly visible device makes keeping track of a man overboard far easier. Click to videos, documents, and accessories.
There may be lots of things you’d rather do, even mow the lawn. But your man overboard gear requires inspection at least once a year. Inspection is easy to do and, unlike mowing the lawn, it may save lives.
The hardest part of inspection is remembering to do it. To make it easier to remember, why not schedule inspection for the same day you move the clock forward to Daylight Time in late winter. Your next opportunity comes on 8th March 2015; add it to your calendar right now!