We will abandon ship only when Golden Glow is totally lost, or crew transport creates greater safety. It has been shown that many crews have been lost in life rafts when the boat survived the storm. You want to step UP to the life raft, meaning that Golden Glow is on the way down. Golden Glow will most likely float, even if capsized, so best course of action will normally be to stay with her, even if she can no longer function. So the Abandon Ship call will normally be done after it has been determined that being in a life raft is preferred to the safety of the larger ship.
Only the Captain can issue an Abandon Ship.
The below list will define who will be responsible for each task. This list will be reviewed prior to any ocean crossing.
ALL Notify Rand and Ellen of concern ONLY Rand can issue abandon ship call
_________ Wake Crew Instruct of “Abandon Ship”
_________ Mayday call on channel 16 of the VHF radio, press DSC
_________ Mayday call on SSB. Turn on and press DSC
_________ Grab charts, plotting tools, log, Ipads, portable VHF (list of additional items to grab at end of safety gear page)
_________ Stage ditch bag, two Medical bags (tether to cockpit table pedestal)
_________ Get Lat and Long from instruments and write down
_________ Deploy life raft – wait until clear of vessel to inflate (pull hard on tether to inflate) Keep raft connected to Golden Glow and attach close if safe to do so.
_________ Deploy EPIRB from over bar sink by activating and staging near grab bag
_________ Get ditch bag & two first aid bags into life raft (if not already under cockpit table, then get from under seat next to freezer, tether to life raft)
_________ Grab extra food and water and get into life raft
_________ Launch dingy if instructed and time permits
_________ Call on SAT Phone and share mayday call if instructed and time permits
_________ Load Last Minute Grabs if all else is done on list and time permits
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. This is the sailing vessel Golden Glow, Whiskey David Hotel 6422. Mayday, Golden Glow.
Our location is (navigation aids, lat. long, landmarks) ,
We are (State nature of distress: taking on water, aground in rough seas, …) .
We require (State nature of assistance: medical help, evacuation, tow) .
We have _(#)_ Persons on Board, (State condition of injured) ,
We are a 44 foot sailing catamaran, Antares 44i.
Hull color is white, sail color is white.
I will be listening on Channel 16. This is Golden Glow, WDH6422.
Over (release mike and listen for 15 seconds)
Repeat as many times as needed
This is a list of things to grab when abandoning ship, if time permits. These items may be going into the life raft or into the dingy. If asked to “stage” the items, either secure into the cockpit table pedestals or onto the aft transom seats. These items are for AFTER the main grab bag and med kits are secured on the life raft/dingy.
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