the boat safety systems

We have spent so much time getting our boat "safety ready" for our adventure. Not only have we taken the time to research, learn, and practice the lessons and techniques to become competent "safe" sailors, we have outfitted Dreamkeeper with the gear we thought would be most important to feel safe around the world.

Anchoring: We carry 3 anchors. Our primary anchor is a Delta 55 lb on 200' of high test 5/16" chain. The anchor is oversized on purpose and gives us extra comfort knowing that our primary system is pretty solid. Our secondary anchor is a 45 lb. CQR anchor on 80' of chain and 350' of 3/4" megabraid rode. Our stern anchor is a 24 lb. Fortress with 50' of chain and 150' of 3/4" megabraid rode. Overall, we have three good anchoring options and can use multiple anchors if the situation warrants.

Underway: While at Sea one of us is always on watch. When it is rough or dark out, we are always clipped in with our pfd/tether to our "high jacklines" or cockpit padeyes. Hopefully, one of us will never fall overboard, but if it happens, we have a lifesling retrieval system and an additional throwrope to help retrieve the person. Also, our lifejacket's (pfd's) will blow up automatically and there is a whistle and strobe attached to each one.

Fire: We have fire extinguishers in every room in our cabin. Plus, there is an additional "automatic" fire extinguisher system we put in the engine compartment.

If the ship goes down: Though we don't ever want to think it will happen to us, it's best to be prepared. If we need to leave our boat for whatever reason, we have a 6-person Winslow liferaft we can deploy from the deck of our boat. The liferaft is designed to "self right" itself, take the brunt of almost any storm, and contains survival gear like a strobe, fishing gear, etc... We also have a packed "ditch bag" we have put together with an ACR EPIRB, small hand-held watermaker, food rations, first aid kit, flares, and other survival goodies. The EPIRB is a locating device we would manually deploy that has our gps coordinates and will transmit a distress signal to monitoring stations all over the world.

Storm Management: In the event of sailing through a major storm, we have a few specialty pieces of gear to help us out. In addition to our small furling staysail, we have a storm "trysail" we can put up the mast in exchange for our mainsail. It has it's own track and is designed for serious weather. We also carry a Galerider Drogue we can deploy off our stern to help slow our boat down if we are surfing too fast down the stormy swell we may be in.

Pirates: What will you do about pirates? We are asked more often then anything else. First of all, we will try to avoid areas where pirates are known to be. These "spots" are widely-known and there are numerous places we can refer to finding out about pirate activity. Places like Columbia, Somalia, the south China Sea, all have a history of pirate activity and if we ever decide to go to any of these destinations we will do our research and take precautions. If you want to learn more about "pirate activity" then check out this site: Pirate Information.

Also, if interested in our "Pirate Alley" story heading from Oman to Yemen then CLICK HERE

Basically we will think postively, make educated smart decisions, and hope for the best. It's very similar to shark attacks. They do occur, but very, very rarely. But the media hypes them up so much that often it seems like attacks are happening all the time. The truth is we have a much higher chance of getting into a car wreck or dying from cancer then getting killed or attacked by pirates. Do you think about the number of car wrecks that happen everyday you drive your car?