Bringing Some of the Sea to Your Home

Retiring from the lifeboat business can be hard work! All those hours spent with your boat and the sea, it seriously takes some getting used to! But there’s no worries, because you can make sure you look out for things that you can bring into your home that would remind you of the good old days, the days you used to spend riding the crest of the wave and offering a helping hand to people where they needed you most. We’ve compiled a list of things that can help you get used to a life on land.

Aquarium Time!

Bring an aquarium into your life! If you can’t spend time near the fishes out there, you sure can bring them home! It’s such an easy way to occupy your mind too. All you need is a tank, a filter similar to the ones found on Tankarium, some water and a bunch of beautiful fish! Everything else is about personal preference. The time spent looking deep into the indoor aquarium of your house, thinking of times on the choppy waters could be countless. This really is one of the best ways to spend your time and your money.

Cure Those Blues with A Cruise

OK so this isn’t technically bringing yourself away from the sea, but still! You can enjoy spending your time cruising the ocean, only with someone else taking the wheel for once! There’s so much to do on a cruise ship too that you may sometimes wonder why you ever got into the life-boating business! Taking to the seas without any worries is much more fun indeed! The ocean is your natural home but it’s much easier living a life on the ocean than saving a life on it.

Decoration Aplenty

Nautical decor is seriously popular right now. But there’s a cool and classy way to theme your home with seafaring furniture while still allowing it to look cool, fresh and modern. There’s plenty of things to look out for on Ebay and Amazon, while a simple Google search will find you some classy pieces of decoration. You may not be able to recreate the exact scene with the same amount of water, but you can bring the sea into your home in a different way.

Film Time

There’s so many films set in the sea that it would be criminal of us not to choose this as our final option. If you’re ever feeling a little nostalgic, a flick on the box to see if there’s anything seafaring always does the trick. Whether it’s Jaws or something a little more light-hearted, there’s always likely to be something for you to get carried away with in between the channels.

Here’s just a few ways you could bring the sea theme into your home. Whether it’s literal or in using your imagination, you can always be sure to count on these. Enjoy the sea!

Essentials to Stock in Your Underground Shelter to Protect Your Family

No one knows what the future may hold. Major terrorist attacks, civil unrest, cataclysmic weather and even nuclear war are all possibilities. The geopolitical landscape could change at a moment’s notice in a way that puts regular American families at risk. One way to hedge against that risk is to build an underground shelter to help protect your family if a nightmare scenario were to occur.

While the design of such a shelter is certainly important, what you place into that shelter is also very important. Make sure your underground shelter is stocked with the kinds of supplies you and your family will need to survive for an extended period of time. Here are some items that you should certainly consider stocking inside your underground shelter for when they’re needed.

Water

According to Business Insider, a human being can only survive for one week without water. It may be even less than that if it is hot. Make sure to stock your underground shelter with plenty of water. Bottled water lasts longer than water obtained from other sources. It should be good for two years or more if not opened. Store a gallon for each person who will be in the shelter per day. Invest in larger sealed containers to save room.

Dental Hygiene Supplies

Even if you are forced to live in a shelter temporarily, dental hygiene is still important. Stock some things like mouth rinse and tooth paste. Be careful to check expiration dates and swap out the supplies as needed for regular use. Consider placing a water flosser that only requires water to floss in your shelter. Water flossers at Pearly Whytes will work well.

Food

As you can probably surmise, you should not stock food in your underground shelter that can spoil or has a short shelf life. Instead, choose canned goods that can last for years while unopened and bottled goods such as pickled foods that have extended shelf lives. Dried goods like rice, beans, flours and cereals are also good choices for storage. However, you may not have access to things like a stove or boiling water to prepare certain foods in certain scenarios. With that in mind, consider storing “meals ready to eat” or MREs for short that require as little preparation as possible.

Light Sources

During a catastrophic event, it’s quite likely you will lose power and not have access to electricity. A backup generator that requires a fuel source like gas is a very bad choice for an underground shelter due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in an enclosed space while running it. Instead, you will need alternative light sources.

Begin stocking candles, matches and batteries for flash lights. Solar charged lights may be a good choice for when it’s safe to go outside. While natural light from the sun may seem like a good option, allowing it into your shelter could also harm the shelter’s ability to protect your family from things like nuclear fallout. Keep this in mind.

First Aid Supplies

Family members could become injured before evacuating into the underground shelter. An injury may also occur while in the shelter as well. You need to make sure you have the proper first aid supplies to supply emergency medical care when it’s needed. Store at least two first aid kits in the shelter. Things a proper first aid kit should include are bandages, hypoallergenic tape, splints, medical pads, rubbing alcohol, antiseptic, scissors, pain killers and more.

Anti-Radiation Pills

If you are trying to hide yourself from nuclear fallout, you should be aware of the fact that one of the biggest risks is the exposure to radioactive iodine. If you want to protect your thyroid against the possibility of developing cancer due to this exposure, you need to stock medicine for that scenario. As WebMD outlines, taking potassium iodide tablets before or directly after exposure to nuclear fallout can prevent your thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine.

Entertainment

While your number one concern for an underground shelter may be safety and survival, you don’t want to be absolutely miserable down there as well. Include some entertainment choices for your family to use to pass the time. Books and board games are good choices since they don’t require electricity to operate and won’t drain batteries that could be saved for things like flash lights.

New Inventions That Have Helped Life Boating

Life Boating

Even across the last 20 years, there has been such a huge difference made in life boating due to small inventions that have crossed over from useful in other fields, to helpful on the boat. As we used to be armed with just a map and a curiosity to get to where we need to be, we are now armed with some great, simple gadgets that can make the difference between saving someone, finding something and everything else. Take a look at the below list of things that I think have improved the life of a lifeboat captain.

LED Lighting

Led Light Bar

So much better than a torch, LED lighting lasts longer and comes much brighter! And these haven’t just helped lifeguards, they’ve helped civilians too! One wave of these, one way or another, is so much handier than a flare or a whistle. Even the torch can’t compare to the size and brightness of one of these things. If you can get high quality LED light bars, like these Cree ones, then you’re laughing, aren’t you! Keep one of these things close by and you’ll no doubt find yourself in safer waters.

Trusty Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone

Is there anyone who would honestly say that cellular phones haven’t generally improved the world. OK, so maybe people can’t get off theirs and become a little addicted, but in general, they’re making everywhere – the sea included – much safer places. Contacting people quickly can often be the difference between life and death, so keeping one of these on your person at all times is hugely important. Just make sure that if you’re on the sea you have your eyes firmly on the prize ahead, and not the screen below, otherwise you may have good reason to use that phone for things other than Twitter.

Computer Technology

Laptop Computer

Not just something to be used in offices, but on boats using computers to update and inform you of all kinds of information is super important. Boating is a traditional and noble trade, but we’re well aware of the things that can improve how we do our work. And anyway, computers are excellent! They can even provide us with entertainment on the cold nights or even frosty days. So yes, we may be traditionalists, but bring on the new stuff if they can improve that we’re doing. Much like mobile phones, computers are things go be excited by and taken advantage of.

These are just a few things that can help you both in everyday life but on the sea and in the boat as well. There’s plenty more inventions that have improved our well being further afield, but these things I know have improved our industry.

We’ll continue to be a fairly ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of worker, but even we know that you’re going to need a little help along the way, so why resist when you can encourage!

Creative Ways to Increase the Comfort of Your Fishing Vessel And Stay Warm

Yatch

Few experiences in life can compare with sailing out on the open sea miles away from society. Here, you can truly feel at-one with nature and your surroundings and develop a deeper appreciation for Mother Nature and the important roles played by the often mysterious creatures of the deep.

If you’re an avid fisherman, it’s likely you made a sizable investment in your fishing vessel, and it’s not uncommon to spend thousands of dollars on one that will provide you just what you need to enjoy your time on the water. However, what many don’t realize is that they can add their own little touches to increase comfort and enjoyability on any fishing trip. Whether you embark on long journeys or just use your boat as a hobby on the weekends, there are a few creative ways you can increase your overall level of comfort on the water.

Heated Mattress Pads

ed Polyester Heated Mattress Pad with EasySet Pro Controller

Ever spent a long day out on the water and were ready to get back on solid ground as the temperatures began to lower? This is not an uncommon feeling, and it limits you to only enjoying your boat when warm weather is present. The facts of nature don’t have to limit the recreational use of your boat, however.

Heated mattress pads can help keep you warm and cozy while on the water, mixing the comforts of home with the exhilaration of being on your boat. Best of all, they can even help relax you, ease sore muscles, and encourage more restful sleep so you can more easily enjoy an extended time on the water. There are many products on the market, and everyone has their own specific needs, so make sure you read reviews before making a final purchasing decision like the ones you can find at Sleep Addicts.

Waterproofing Measures

Foul Weather ClothingWhen you’re on your boat, there’s a good chance you’re going to get wet. However, that isn’t always a comfortable feeling. Furthermore, nobody likes to travel alone, and you may find that some of your best friends shy away from a day on the water with you if they think they’ll end up shivering at the end feeling like a cold, wet dog.

There are a number of measures you can take to waterproof your boat, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Just a few ideas to consider include:

  • Include an extra set of clothes for each passenger in a waterproof bag
  • Always have a box of Ziplock bags on board in case passengers have items such as cell phones they want to keep protected
  • Invest in gear such as foul weather clothing and sailing boots

Aside from keeping you comfortable, these items can also prove highly beneficial and responsible to have on board in the event you were ever to capsize.

Fish Finder for Antsy Fisherman

Garmin 010-01550-00 Striker 4 Bbuilt-in GPS Fish FinderAs the owner of a fishing vessel, you enjoy the thrill of reeling in the unknown from the mysterious depths of the seas. However, there are those days when it just seems nothing is biting, and you can find yourself becoming bored and uncomfortable. When you invest in a fish finder, however, you can more easily find productive waters. These devices are added to the side of the vessel and alert you when you’re in a hot spot.

Make the Most of Every Minute

We only have a limited amount of time on this earth, and it’s important that we take the time to truly enjoy our lives. It’s estimated that salaried employees work an average of 49 hours per week, so it’s easy to see how we can get too caught up with responsibilities to enjoy a treat from time to time. However, if you already have a fishing boat, you have the key to a great day off anytime you want.

If you find that your boat doesn’t offer you the comforts of home, it can be easy to find yourself making excuses not to embark on a fishing trip. Considering the potential of the valuable tool you have at your disposal, it’s certainly worth making a minimal investment to ensure you can relax and enjoy what time spent on the sea has to offer. By employing these creative ways to increase the comfort of your boat, you can quickly be on your way to doing just that.