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.

How I Got Into White Water Rafting

It’s not secret I love the water and the creatures in it… I made that pretty obvious when I chose my career as a life boat captain. My interest in whitewater rafting was borne of a desire to regain my fitness, which I had noticed was not what it used to be as of late. I had also been feeling bored by my routine and the monotonous sights of the city, so I decided it was time to get close to nature and feel the thrill of adrenaline. Having already taken some rafting lessons in my youth, I felt no hesitation in grabbing my camping gear and hitting the road. I went with a commercial tour provider, Chattooga Overnighters, on the first trip so I could re-learn the ropes, so to speak – it had been a while since I had set foot in a raft, let alone sailed it in a fast moving river!

rafting fun

 

Chattooga Overnighters claimed to offer the ultimate Chattooga Experience. I opted for their 2-day Overnighter package because I had an extended weekend. It was an easy drive from my home in Atlanta and proved to be one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. There was hiking, camping and topnotch food, but best of all there was whitewater rafting to my heart’s content. They didn’t offer any alcohol, but that wasn’t an issue for me since I wanted to experience the trip to its fullest. I brought my own air bed, and some other personal articles – the rest was provided by them!

The first day was a bit slow and there was ample time for stretching your muscles, relaxing and swimming. Arriving at the campsite, I found my personal gear waiting for me. After setting up camp, I did some fishing for my lunch and then went on a short hike around the site. I cooked the fish on a campfire, and it went well with the steak dinner provided by the camp.

 

 

fly fishing reel

 

I only ate a light breakfast next morning as the camp was taken down and my gear packed and transported to Wildwater Chattooga Ridge Adventure Center. We ran into other people seeking the thrill of whitewater rafting at the Center, and this was where the real fun started. It was a lot different from the slow pace of Day One: we rafted on a very steep river section, but there were still points where we could relax and take in the scenery. We rested and lunched at Long Creek Falls at the end, followed by a relaxing boat tow across the Tugaloo Lake to conclude the 2 day trip.

There were plenty of activities left to do after the conclusion of the trip, and I decided to spend the night there since my muscles, being unused to this kind of exercise, were starting to ache! Fortunately, there was lodging available aplenty, and I rented out an exquisite cottage for the night.

My rafting adventure certainly rejuvenated me and I was looking forward to going back to my work as a life boat captain! Needless to say, I’ve made over a dozen trips to various white-water rafting destinations since, but the first one is always special.