Safety Awareness & Self Defense: Circle of Safety

Written by Eric Gehler

Safety Awareness & Self Defense isrepparttar responsibility of each individual. Knowing your surroundings and being aware of potential dangers is your first step towards self-defense. Avoiding and distancing yourself from circumstances that could be trouble are your responsibility.

The Circle of Safety is an imaginary boundary extending from your body outward to approximately 7 to 10 feet. By being aware what is approaching your Circle of Safety you can potentially avoid a dangerous situation. If you were alone and a stranger enters your circle of safety, you should attempt to distance yourself from that stranger. In order forrepparttar 141417 stranger to grab you, they must be able to touch you. If you maintain a circle of safety ofrepparttar 141418 7 to 10 feet thanrepparttar 141419 stranger will not be in reach to grab or touch you.

Sailing Multihulls Part 2: The Disadvantages

Written by Linda Cullum

Disadvantages-- In serious wind and seas, a monohull sailor can, if absolutely exhausted and no longer able to steer, strike all sail, lock all hatches, and go below to wait it out and hope forrepparttar best. A well-found boat will most likely allow this. The boat will roll around like a cork, and even if it rolls 360 degrees it should be ok, as long asrepparttar 141364 mast doesn't break off and put a hole inrepparttar 141365 boat. A Multihull in huge seas, however, must always have a helmsman, or some other way to keeprepparttar 141366 boat pointed intorepparttar 141367 waves. Without this,repparttar 141368 boat will end up inrepparttar 141369 wave troughs, withrepparttar 141370 waves beam on; this is an invitation to capsize. Knowing this,repparttar 141371 ocean going sailor should be prepared with a parachute sea anchor and with attachment points for it onrepparttar 141372 boat that are absolutely bombproof. Properly deployed, a parachute anchor will allow a multihull to ride out a hurricane in near comfort, as it keepsrepparttar 141373 bows pointed intorepparttar 141374 wind and waves and with several hundred feet of line led out torepparttar 141375 sea anchor, there is no jerking or lunging onrepparttar 141376 line. Oncerepparttar 141377 sea anchor is properly set,repparttar 141378 crew can go below and safely wait outrepparttar 141379 storm. This assumes that there are no dangers, such as a landmass or reef systems, lying in wait downwind. Plenty of sea room is needed for these manuevers.

Marinas-- Finding space in a marina for a multihull is not nearly as easy as it is for a monohull. They require either an end space or a double berth, which will likely cost more than a single.

Weight constraints -- Since a multihull sits onrepparttar 141380 water instead of in it, unlike a keel boat,repparttar 141381 payload, or weight carrying capacity ofrepparttar 141382 boat, can not safely be exceeded. A catamaran, with essentially two full boats inrepparttar 141383 water, can carry more weight than a trimaran ofrepparttar 141384 same length, which consists of one full hull and two floats. A 35 foot monohull can carry much more weight in stores and equipment than a 35 foot trimaran, and this is a consideration when provisioning a boat for cruising. The cruiser in a small multihull may find himself reprovisioning alongrepparttar 141385 way more often thanrepparttar 141386 cruiser in a small monohull.

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