Category Archive: Safe Boat – Smart Boat

SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT – Simple steps to avoid bad but common mistakes

Originally printed – October 2011

He was fairly new to trawling and he made a bad mistake.  Maybe it was a lack of sleep or … Read the rest

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SAFE BOAT-SMART BOAT: Abandoning ship-Surviving aboard the raft

Wrapping up this three-part series on abandoning ship, let’s focus on surviving aboard the life raft.  Immediately after abandoning ship and gaining shelter in the … Read the rest

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SAFE BOAT – SMART BOAT: Abandoning ship – Boarding the life raft

The crew made a mad dash for the life raft but wasn’t successful.  The flames and heat were far too intense.  The fire had started … Read the rest

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SAFE BOAT: Abandoning ship – A step-by-step approach

Even for the most self-sufficient fishing vessel, the possibility of a disabling mishap at sea due to a storm, grounding, collision, mechanical failure, or some … Read the rest

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat: PFDs, grappling with fishing’s ‘safety culture’

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by Fred Mattera – 

During safety training sessions in December and January each year, I break out the “Cold Water Boot Camp USA” DVD.  It’s … Read the rest

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Safe Boat–Smart Boat: Station bills – Know your job in an emergency

by Fred Mattera

During a recent simulated engine room fire drill, I observed a seasoned crewman, someone who has been engaged in safety drills for … Read the rest

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SAFE BOAT – SMART BOAT — Inspection, maintenance: Follow a schedule

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by Fred Mattera –

It is the responsibility of the captain and crew to inspect and maintain all vessel systems constantly.  For me, a checklist … Read the rest

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat: Electrical systems – Batteries, cables, safety

by Fred Mattera –

Batteries are an integral power source on fishing vessels.  They provide power to the vast majority of our pilothouse electronics and … Read the rest

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat: Electrical systems – Vent, ground, protect to prevent onboard fires

by Fred Mattera –

Faulty or compromised electrical systems are a primary source of engine room fires.  These fires are often exceedingly hot, allowing you … Read the rest

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat: Know, maintain, register your EPIRB

by Fred Mattera –

EPIRB requirements apply to all commercial fishing vessels operating more than three nautical miles from the coast of the US.  Vessels … Read the rest

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