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By Charles Wing

Rules of Yacht layout is either understandable to amateurs and complete for pros. It follows the layout of a 40-foot cruising sailboat from the 1st comic strip to the ultimate weight, power, and sail quarter calculations, with tables, charts, and diagrams to enable the reader adapt the method to any layout. This variation is revised and elevated to hide powerboats in addition to sailboats.

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Flares – red parachute * SOLAS specification red parachute flares, with self-container launchers, reach 300 m (1000 ft) in altitude and burn for a minimum of 40 seconds. Pack plenty for any trip to sea; they can attract attention at great distances, including ships that are over your horizon. Orange smoke flares are the first choice for daylight signalling. Radar reflector* This is a SOLAS requirement if an efficient radar transponder (SART) is not included in the liferaft. A raft cannot reflect radar waves but unfortunately it is hard to get a reflector high enough to be effective especially in a big sea.

It’s all too common to find the kit consists of patches and glue that require a clean and dry surface, almost inconceivable in a liferaft! Make up your own kit, with equipment that is suitable for your liferaft and pack it near the top of your grab bag, with the following: • Spare canopy and raft material. • Glue that will work in a wet and salty environment. • Variety of needles, including sail repair needles, some waxed thread and sewing awl. • Assorted sized leak stopper plugs for a temporary repair.

Rule out the possibility of a false alarm, which sadly still accounts for eight out of nine transmissions. • Give important extra information from your Voyage Details Plan (see Appendix). Flashlight/torch* A waterproof model to be used for signalling is included in all standard liferaft emergency packs, with a spare bulb and batteries. Even a very small flashlight is extremely effective at night for signalling. Some liferafts have no internal light, so pack a flashlight near the top of your grab bag in case you have to abandon ship at night.

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