Sailing magazines and books only seem to be published if there are knockdowns or incursions of sea into boat involved. Women often first experience heavy weather during day trips before they've ever had the chance to go offshore and cruise the Caribbean. It's no wonder we meet so many solo male sailors. Women have good imaginations - we worry about us inside the boat if the worst happened.
Of course, everyone who goes out to sea should be worried about keeping safe. Humans should be secured in lee-cloths when asleep offwatch, but it's equally important to keep the boat's heavy contents in place. These could prove hazardous to human health if airborne.
We were able to have Traversay III built specifically for us and so she far exceeds the safety provisions of Trav II (which was the boat we could afford at the time). The bad news is that fittings intended for marine use are second in cost only to equine bandages (if running racehorses happens to be your hobby). The good news is that some of these ideas are inexpensive and you can make them yourselves.
|A secured galley|
|Tin locker seatbelt|
Meanwhile we are quite far from any thought of rough seas.We've been anchored on the peaceful River Fal for two very calm nights.
|Anchored on the River Fal|