Going to sea involves taking on a variety of risks. As Matt Rutherford (who solo circumnavigated the Americas in a 27 Albin Vega) put it, when you go to sea “you are entering Risk’s house.” The key is to plan for and to be prepared for various risks. As the earlier blog on weather illustrated, selecting weather windows to avoid heavy weather is one way of reducing risks. Here are some other precautionary measures found on Elizabeth Jean.
We selected a six person life raft from DBC. The raft is used extensively by the Alaska fishing fleet and the Seattle distributor was very knowledgeable and generous with his time. The raft can be serviced throughout the world.
We replaced our sails and all standing rigging. We also added a storm tri-sail and cutter stay sail for heavy weather sailing.
For extra measure we also carry an assortment of less scientific safety devices. Clockwise from the top: a St. Christopher’s medallion (the Patron Saint of Travelers), Genesh (the Hindu God who removes obstacles), a good luck penny and two Hamsas ( ancient symbols in the Hebrew and Island faiths that keep away bad luck).