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Life Raft Deployment, Safety, and Sex

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Have you ever actually deployed a life raft and seen what’s inside or lack of what’s inside?!? Does your significant other know how to use a signal flare? And what can you do to keep sane while floating out at sea? Join Ryan and Nicole and find out… Two Afloat style. ;) NOTE: In the video we mention the STCW-95 course but we forgot to mention the US Sailing Safety At Sea class, another excellent option if you're preparing to head offshore. https://www.ussailing.org/education/adult/safety-at-sea-courses/ This episode is made possible by people like you! https://www.patreon.com/twoafloat TWO AFLOAT Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TwoAfloat Twitter https://twitter.com/TwoAfloat Instagram https://www.instagram.com/twoafloat Ryan's interview on This Ocean Life podcast Part 1: http://www.thisoceanlife.tv/2018/11/episode-30-ryan-levinson/?fbclid=IwAR2qGq4e3SO898CDGvtQFm-FhKtPkkZJzIgXPWjOaYv_zBJ7lz2puRulhdw Ryan and Nicole's interview on This Ocean Life podcast Part 2: http://www.thisoceanlife.tv/…/episode-74-ryan-levinson-pt-2/ Ryan's interview on The Kyle Thiermann Show podcast: http://www.kyle.surf/podcast/ Kiapa Nui’s Ditch Kit: paddle jacket, wide brim hat, hat (baseball cap), 2x rolls toilet paper, compressed gas signal horn, sponge, garmin GPS, 3x spoons, 2x SOLAS parachute signal rocket, 2x SOLAS hand held flare, signal mirror, 2x whistle, SOLAS smoke “flare”, Measuring Cup, 3x 1L water bottles, Iridium external antenna and dock, signal “blanket”, sunscreen, 2x chapstick, deck of playing cards, 2x strobe lights, dye pack, Swiss Army Knife, 2x Lithium 123 battery, 2x Lithium AA battery, partial roll of gorilla tape, rigging knife, nylon chord (parachute line), personal documentation, nylon chord handline, assorted fishing line, hooks, squid skirts, cedar plug, swivels, waterproof notepad, sharpie, 6x chem light sticks, whistle/light, laser flare, garmin GPS, sat phone battery, SAM Splint, oral hydration salts, 1 pack birth control pills, Bonine, Imodium AD, Imitrex, Tylenol, nitrile gloves, quick-clot combat gauze, small ziplock bags, roll of gauze, elastic bandage roll, medical tape, 4X4 gauze pads (non-sterile), 4X4 pads (sterile), Meclizine tabs (same as Bonine), triangle bandage, assorted bandaids, body glide (anti-cafe), barf bags, wet-wipes (moist toilet wipes), EPIRB SPECIAL THANKS: B&G (CHARTPLOTTER AND INSTRUMENTS) https://bandg.com/us/ SOLAR STIK http://www.solarstik.com/ SPINLOCK https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en-us HIGHFIELD BOATS USA http://www.highfieldboats.com/importers/usa/ Cabrinha Kitesurfing https://www.cabrinhakites.com/ Adventure Sports https://adventuresportsusa.com/ Hinano Clothing http://hinanolife.com Kiapa Nui is a 2004 Looping 48 catamaran Designed by Patrick Luscher
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Chris (2 days ago)
that was pimped
D C (6 days ago)
11:35 made me hit the like button, ...on my way out. :)
FizzyMilk (7 days ago)
man, that was cringe
Two Afloat Sailing (6 days ago)
Cringe is an improvement over what most people say about our videos so thank you! R :)
Walter Dove (12 days ago)
So, you invest in a life raft. Mostly because your boat's insurance requires it and the Coast Guard or local equivalent will annoy you and probably fine you if you don't have it. Dump your emergency supplies into the dirty water on the deck/sole/ whatever the term is for an inflatable, where they'll be subject to contamination. And loss. Don't get your pyrotechnic signalling kit wet. Also, you might have a liter or two of drinking water in 125 or 250 ml pouches -- don't rupture them by sitting / standing on them. Or let panic stricken survivors grab them and drink them immediately. But -- who is your lifeboat officer? The boat owner? The person with some maritime certification? Who is prepared to try to keep as many of the survivors alive for as long as possible? Who KNOWS what the appropriate post evacuation sequence of actions is for your specific life raft? Oh -- maintenance: You don't replace batteries on a regular schedule (hint: 10 year shelf life alkaline batteries shelf life outside of "room temperature" conditions is a year or two)? You don't replace signalling pyrotechnics prior to expiration? (are SOLAS pyrotechnic devices still suffering the kinds of failure rates they did in the 70s and 80s?). You don't have a current technology ELT / EPIRB / PLB associated with your life raft (no, the old 500 kHz beacons became irrelevant when monitoring ended 20+ years ago: so has 121.5 / 243 MHz. The satellite based SARSat / COSPAS only tracks the 406 MHz digital signals associated with current emergency location transmitters. Did you at least grab the floating, waterproof marine VHF handheld transceiver from its home near the conn or wherever it lives on your boat?). Yup, I understand the video title was clickbait and the content either a deliberate joke or a Darwin Awards entry.
Two Afloat Sailing (11 days ago)
I'm glad you watched it Walter. It's taking a boring subject (for me at least) and making it fun and entertaining to watch. :) N
rampantsanity (21 days ago)
Sea Scout programs are always looking for expired flares for training. (liferafts too.)
Two Afloat Sailing (11 days ago)
:) shame away rampantsanity! :) N
rampantsanity (21 days ago)
i recently grabbed an expired A pack from a training i was in for my Sea Scouts. we can never have too few. i'm actually going to use the paddles from the pack and sea anchor aboard some of our fleet. shameless plug! Facebook.com/SSSRampart sssrampart.weebly.com
Two Afloat Sailing (21 days ago)
That's really good to know rampantsanity! Years ago we used to bring them to the fire department but I think they stopped taking them so we just held on to them. :) N
MD Supreme (1 month ago)
Pain Killer Already anyone?
TheBlakbirdy (1 month ago)
pka
Two Afloat Sailing (29 days ago)
What does that mean? N
J Rey (1 month ago)
I would not mind being ship wrecked with the bikini model/ life raft “instructor”. What a great spirit she has and is super sexy
J Rey (1 month ago)
Two Afloat Sailing :)
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you J Rey! I'm flattered! N
Coty (1 month ago)
Is it reusable?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hi there! No it is not. It was about 9-10 years old, no one wanted it even if we hadn't deployed it so we thought the practice would be good. :) . N
tupperware (1 month ago)
oh he said the s word
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
How did I not catch that?!?! That's the first grade teacher in me I guess...my kiddos use to tattle on each other saying so and so said the "s" word (stupid or shut up). Haha! Clickbaity...not in my opinion. One of our patrons said "dry humping". But I think sex sounds better. ;) N
tupperware (1 month ago)
Two Afloat Sailing not saying it's a bad thing, you do you! just kinda sounded like a poor attempt at clickbait
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Haha! Why not? :) R
tupperware (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing sex
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
What's the "s" word? N
George Merritt (1 month ago)
He said life rafts make her wet and I lost it got lock jaw from lol
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
It's funny to watch people's reactions. At first they don't know what to think. Then they look at me to see if Ryan is for real. I'm usually smiling and shaking my head. Then they get it. :) N
George Merritt (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing I'm the same my wife hates it says I embarrass her cuz I do it a lot in public I say all kind of crazy s*** in public I don't care about what people think about me try to tell her I only got please one person and that's her the hell with the rest of them so tell him I say keep it up it's the main reason I subscribe
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
He's a witty man...that man of mine. ;) N
Jonny Scott (1 month ago)
Love your videos how you just cut to the chase straight away.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Right on Jonny, thank you! :) N
Peter Myers (1 month ago)
Cool demonstration, thanks for sharing.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Glad to be able to share with everyone what we were experiencing. :) N
M1ke J (1 month ago)
Its pronounced kwoyt, as in the game of Deck Quoits.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you M1ke J! :) N
Steve Price (1 month ago)
Yup, I'm now prepared. All I need is a ship.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
There you go....one step closer. :) N
Bob Henry (1 month ago)
Click bait. no sex and no chicks worth looking at. click bait alert. click bait
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
If that's what you're mainly looking for you're on the wrong website... ;)
T.M. Edgar (1 month ago)
serious yet whimsical. great vid.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hey thanks T.M.! :) N
rkwill100 (1 month ago)
how is it protected from fishes nibbling away on the outer/under surfaces?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Good question...it's a tough fabric but not that tough. N
al fork (1 month ago)
Would suck being having to be in that in 30 foot seas
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
I agree! I'd rather be proactive and never has to use one. :) N
Angel Reading (1 month ago)
Doing a test inflation in the fun way you did was a real learning curve,that life raft has some good design features especially the low slung ballast to make it stable,one thing is for sure I would rather be floating in this than perishing at sea with nothing in the way of protection,familiarity with how it works is a good idea,well done you fun people for sharing this with us and your time in doing so.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you Angel! :) N
Angel Reading (1 month ago)
You are good sharing people and prepared to share your knowledge here,Youtube is great for those who enjoy life and make discoveries,have fun guys.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you Angel for you comment. It was an eye opener for me and thankful we had an old one to deploy, learn from and share with everyone. Cheers! :) N
George Kafantaris (1 month ago)
CAN WE HAVE SEX TOO
JoachimderZweite (1 month ago)
She is a keeper.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
:) Thank you. :) N
Kevin Russbach (1 month ago)
-- Thank you.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
It's our pleasure! :) N
Mit Seraffej (1 month ago)
An old friend of mine was a pilot for Air New Zealand in the airlines early days. 1960s and DC 8 aircraft. Life raft training entailed being taken out to sea by a navy frigate and left overnight in the raft with the ship standing 100 yards off. There was of course male pilots, female flight attendants and champagne
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thanks! You just gave me an idea for some future training with Nicole... R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
There are probably some great stories to go with this... :) N
J7T777 (1 month ago)
What did you mean, this wasn't designed by a woman. Out of curiosity?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Think like a teenager :) And even then it's a dumb statement... R
Mike The Stand (1 month ago)
No PC, Laptop, microwave, fridge or TV, so how could you survive really. If you just finished a swim from a sinking boat a shower would be better than a barf and take less space.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
You can always add an iPad in a waterproof case to your ditch kit! Especially if it's loaded with Two Afloat episodes... R
warp21drive (1 month ago)
Everybody should read ' the last cruise of the lucette' or the earlier version ,'survive the savage sea' 38 days at sea and most of that time was 6 people in a 9' fiberglass dinghy when the (old) liferaft fell apart . I would prefer to have a good dinghy , preferably a hard inflatable type. Espically if you are interested in self rescue . If you are expecting the Calvary to come find your sorry butt then I guess one of these canister rafts is ok. But if your in strange far of places do you want to rely on local rescue services? Not me. Great video though👍👍👍 Cheers Warren
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
I like the way you think regarding self-sufficiency and preparedness! I think you are correct that many sailors head offshore underprepared (in my opinion of what "prepared" means). Sadly, as you allude to, some people do so with the assumption that "rescue" is a primary option rather than a last resort. As for the HDPE dinghies we've seen a few Portland Pudgies over the years (http://www.portlandpudgy.com/) Kinda cool little boats! They pretty much suck as dinghies (for our needs) as they don't plane and they are very small, but they definitely present an interesting option... Thank you for this discussion! Ryan
warp21drive (1 month ago)
Two Afloat Sailing ,Hi , I'm encouraged to hear how well the JRCC rescue services work now , your real world experience certainly says a lot. I agree a regular 'fiberglass' dinghy is not a good choice but there are a few 'plastic' (HDPE) dinghys with built in buoyancy designed to be dual purpose that for the cost might be in the mix of choices when sailing offshore. Especially compared to a liferaft and their limitations. However, I hope sailors offshore are not relying on 'rescue' as one of their option when making the decision to go off shore but since ever since we have had EPIRB and all the other options I guess it's too late now. Thanks for your considered reply , cheers Warren
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Good comment Warp21drive, thanks. In the almost 5 years we've been cruising full time there have been at least a half dozen smallish yachts that signaled Mayday (via voice and/or other methods). All of which were rescued. These days there is a well developed network of JRCCs (Joint Rescue Coordination Centers) around the world that receive distress signals and have the ability to communicate with commercial vessels. Nearly every recent offshore rescue I am aware of was done by commercial vessel (often fishing) re-directed by a JRCC. The rest were done by rescue resources directly (also routed by JRCCs). In the South Pacific you have French rescue resources in French Polynesia and New Caledonia. Fiji has a respected system and of course Australia and New Zealand. In other words, the days of waiting for the "calvary" to "find you" have essentially been replaced by JRCCs directing commercial boats to your exact location. I agree with you that if your EPIRB, sat phone, SSB with DSC, PLBs, AIS, etc fail then a fiberglass sailing dinghy would be awesome. But they are heavy, take up a lot of space, and you still need exceptional skill (especially in navigation) to make one become an effective lifeboat. Otherwise you are still "waiting for the calvary". These are just my thoughts on the matter, they are different from yours but I do not think you're "wrong", we just have different perspectives on the current rescue safety net in place. At least in the Pacific Ocean... Thanks again for the thought provoking comment. - R
madengman (1 month ago)
As you say, your attitude is the most important tool in a survival at sea situation. One man adrift for 76 days in a liferaft... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xym5KUJrvsY
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Attitude and maybe deodorant... :) Thanks for the comment and link! - R
David Johnson (1 month ago)
Think the sponge is actually to collect rainwater as well as drying the floor.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
That's a great point, thanks! I probably should have mentioned that all the items have multiple uses limited only by your ingenuity and imagination... Sponge for rain water is a fantastic example! R
Warner Robins (1 month ago)
Dang man you need to do a hair transplant. Your chest hair is long as heck. I'd ask Dr to take donor hair from your chest and plant it on your head. You will look like a hippy in know time.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Haha! In college one Halloween a friend of mine shaved his pubes and glued them to his face to make it look like he had big sideburns. For now I'll stick with just shaving my head but maybe I can braid my chest hair for a pirate look? R
srq lisa (1 month ago)
You have a great ditch kit, but you do need soap in there. And I'm thinking micro towels. Great fun video and very informative. :)peace
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Excellent points srq Lisa, thank you! Nicole sometimes teases me because I had the same bottle of shampoo for most of my years of college. I'm probably the wrong guy to pick out the best liferaft soap... :) R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hi Lisa, Nicole here. Myers is awesome and would be an added bonus. I love that soap! Cheers! N
srq lisa (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing In case you get any wounds you will need soap to clean it out. If one gets sick you might need to wash something. Like you said everyone has theri own needs depending on where you are sailing. I'm sure Myers has an all in one soap. : ) peace
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Soap is an interesting thought... Why do you suggest it? Every item must be carefully considered for its weight and contribution to survival above all else. R
Mick Martin (1 month ago)
Quoit a ring of rope you throw over a pin like throwing a horse shoe at a pin, only the quoit is round. and its' pronounced Koi as in Koi carp ( the japanese fish) Koi....T ,Koi..T.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thanks Mick! R
dee dee maynard (1 month ago)
LOVE you two!!!!! Awesomel!!!!!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Cheers Dee Dee! - R
Frank Hinde (1 month ago)
In every lost at sea documentary I have seen in recent years, not one of them had an EPIRB or PLB, or they didn't have the time to activate it before having to bail overboard.. If I am ever on a small yacht I have decided to wear my PLB around my neck on a lanyard at all times... As I did when I went on long cross countries in my airplane.
Frank Hinde (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing Yes I like a PLB attached to me.. I mean you can get off the boat and activate it after you have got away. As long as you are wearing your PFD's while on watch (duh!) thats probably good enough.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Excellent advice Frank, thank you! We have two EPIRBs, one in the ditch kit and one mounted for hydrostatic release. When we are on solo watch we our Spinlock Deckvest PFDs that have both a PLB and an AIS emergency locator beacon. We should probably mention that in a future episode... Cheers! R
thesunreport (1 month ago)
I think the Quoite word is pronounced 'Coyt'. :)
Kevin Russbach (1 month ago)
(redundantly) Free Dictionary: quoit (kwoit, koit) n. 1. quoits(used with a sing. verb) A game in which players toss rings of metal, rope, or rubber at a stake, trying to get each ring to land with the stake through its center or close to the stake. 2. One of the rings used in this game.
thesunreport (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing I'm not 100% sure it's the same..but we used similar things during P.E. lessons at primary school...and I remember them being called Coyts....so yeah...Thanks for bringing back a fun and obscure memory!!. :D
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thanks! However it's pronounced hopefully we never have to ask for one to be thrown to us. But if we do now we know how to say it! :) R
Rogue Antilles (1 month ago)
I'm new here and very curious, and I know God made us all different, but what's with my brother's shoulder?! Is that extention from an accident or just his natural flex? Either way, it tripped me out, good content, God bless.
Rogue Antilles (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing Understood. Glad to hear. I look forward to more videos. Take care. God bless.
Rogue Antilles (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing Good copy. Thank you for your understanding. God bless.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hi Rogue! I appreciate your concern but I promise you I was touched by the fact that you noticed and commented. I was not at all offended as it is a physical part of me that I can't control much like my hair color or height. Except I guess I can change my hair color if I want? Anyway, we're fine my friend, thanks for ALL your comments and for watching our videos so mindfully! Ryan
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Rogue, no need to delete your comment. We appreciate you noticing. The locals out here do and straight up ask Ryan what's wrong or did you have an accident, or why are your shoulders the way they are. Ryan appreciates their honesty and wanting to know what happened. So please do not apologize, you have every right to ask. :) N
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Oh I see you have some interesting stories. ;) N
JAG (1 month ago)
I attended college in the late 60's. The apartment I lived in had a nice sized pool. Early one morning, while returning from my girl friends place, I observed a small yellow Air Force survival raft in the pool. It was rocking and making small waves in the pool. Upon closer examination I observed a bare human buttocks rising and falling below the edges of the raft. I gawked for a moment until the bearded face of my neighbor, "crazy Jose (Joe)" appeared. He placed his index finger to his lips in the universal gesture of silence and then returned to his labors
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
I'm gonna remember the vodka / water trick, all time!... Thank you for the laughs! R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Too classic! What fantastic memories...the ones that still can make you laugh...those are the best. Cheers JAG! :) N
JAG (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing Sadly no. Joe was aptly called Crazy for a reason. He was fond of answering his door on Saturdays, when the 7th day Adventist women called, in the nude. He also gave one Mormon Missionary a glass of ice water and he gave the other one iced Vodka. Their reactions were mixed but hilarious. Our apartment complex was the "Animal House" of off campus housing. A hitch hiking stripper giving performances for a nights stay, food and drinks was another highlight.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Are you still in contact with Joe? We could use some tips... :) Thanks for the comment, great story! R
Ronald Harrison (1 month ago)
Please pull that piece of broccoli from your teeth!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Haha! That's his fake tooth! Wait....do I have something between my teeth??? N
randy farr (1 month ago)
more barf bags need to be included !!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
You're right Randy... We meant to bring some from the flight back to Tahiti but I forgot. :( Thanks for the reminder! R
Hawk Moe (1 month ago)
did it have an EPIRB in the raft?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
What Nicole meant to say (and what she should have known...) is that there is one EPIRB mounted with a hydrostatic release and a separate one in our ditch kit. Plus we each have PLBs and AIS emergency beacons attached to our Spinlock Deckvest PFDs...
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
No EPIRB in the raft. That is attached to the sailboat. :) N
Steini (1 month ago)
Been following you for years. I adore you both. Thanks for educating with humor.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thanks Steini! Studies show people learn better when they are entertained. At least that's what we tell Nic's parents when they question our content... ;) R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Right on! Love hearing that! Thank you. Cheers! N
Myrick Monroe (1 month ago)
Would a small sailing non-sinkable dingy with the same supplies work better than the type of raft shown? That type of raft cannot sail anywhere and seems good for maybe a day or two.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hi Myrick - Excellent comment, very thought provoking. Thank you. Someone else had a similar comment but their point was more about the lack of rescue resources. The gist of my response was that these days there is an exceptionally well developed network of Joint Rescue Coordination Centers around the world that are in contact with commercial boat traffic. With everyone from super tankers to small yachts generally transmitting AIS signals (now tracked by satellite) and with modern satellite distress beacons being so reliable, portable, and affordable, the general thought is that these days the priority is on staying alive long enough to be picked up by a ship or yacht that is re-routed by a JRCC. In the 5 years we've been cruising full time there have been a half dozen or so small yachts that sent distress calls which activated JRCCs and all were rescued successfully. The kind of lifeboat you're describing is certainly preferable if it is not possible to send a distress signal, or maybe situations like if you're in an area far from any commercial boat traffic, but that size boat takes up a lot of space, weighs a lot, is difficult to launch with only 2 or 3 people, and requires considerable skill to navigate successfully without electronics etc. By the way, if you like Bligh's story you may also like "Endurance" the book about Shackleton's survival after his ship was crushed by ice... Thanks again Myrick! R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Man they were so hardy back then! It's about the mind set though, don't you think. N
Myrick Monroe (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing I was thinking of an 15 to 18 foot center board cuddy cabin type sailboat containing either sun protection type clothing used by fishermen or actual survival suits for cold water.. Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty managed 3618 Nm in an open boat that probably could be and was rigged for sailing.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
I think I'd like to have both if I had an option. What's nice about the raft is it has a canopy and a dinghy does not. There's a book called, "117 Days Adrift" and the couple was able to tie their dinghy to their life raft. They fished from the dinghy and used the life raft as their "living" quarters. N
Showdown (1 month ago)
Dubble nill
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Dubble huh?
Jake Smith (1 month ago)
Inflate my own dinghy?  No way.  Hey, did you make a hand sign when you showed us your ditch kit? (12 min 50 secs)  I have seen that sign before, what does it mean?  Are you in some kind of secret society? You can tell me...
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hi Jake. She is German so who knows... If you figure something out will you please tell me? R :)
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hey thanks Jake for those kind words and for sure that was not unkind of you to ask. But you do have me wondering now... :) N
Jake Smith (1 month ago)
So happy to hear that it was just random. I hope you don't think I was being unkind by asking.  If made purposely, it can have many meanings.  I would have made an educated guess that you might be somewhat familiar with that sign.  Okay, more than you ever wanted to know...hand signs/secret societies/faiths are one of my hobbies.  You seem like a bit of an esoteric chick based on that rad tat.  You seem to be many things, lame is not one of them.  Thanks.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
It's the "high 5'ing club" for bad ass Ditch Kits. That's all I could come up with...lame, I know, sorry. :) N
Fumingzeus (1 month ago)
Those triangle things are bungs for holes in the liferaft what you do, you put them in the hole and you tie string around the bung.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Fumingzeus I can see where that might work, thanks for the explanation. Of course the raft didn't include any fishing line... The bungs were useless in the slit I cut but maybe for small holes like you mention they would be good. I really like the repair clamps that I've seen in other liferafts. Have you seen those? https://www.landfallnavigation.com/life-raft-repair-clamps-one-set-of-3-sizes.html R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
That makes more sense. I can visualize that. Thank you. :) N
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you for sharing how to pronounce it. :) N
Fumingzeus (1 month ago)
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRqXhdvvu3NXFIJMzYxz_1mxVJOWIhSqYJlV3vswDBXIkyv6WAQKQ a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg. Coowoit = quoit
Fumingzeus (1 month ago)
If you look carefully the bung should have grooves in it....this is where the fishing line should sit when you tighten it down it should in theory grip. It’s very fiddly and in real life very difficult, it’s designed more for a small hole were you have to force the bung into.
db30 (1 month ago)
Mamma tell your children not to get tattoos.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
...and I'm glad Nicole didn't listen! :) R
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
She did... :) N
Keith Coy (1 month ago)
Great video! Taking something that is very informative that we all need to know that have a sailboat and making it funny as well. Good to know the positions. I know that we would definitely be rescued while trying one, so may as well keep trying! Love the videos!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
:) Stoked to hear that Keith! And thank you for the nice comment. Cheers and happy Monday! :) N
Drift Day (1 month ago)
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Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Hmmmm, looks interesting. :) N
VX Adventures (1 month ago)
Like a silly 15 year old horn dog, My friend why should we ever grow up!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Well put VX Adventures! :) N (I'm speaking for Ryan) :)
joel1239871 (1 month ago)
You made some very good points in this video. Thanks!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank YOU for watching and for the comment! R
Dennis Massie (1 month ago)
👋🏻Florida ☀️🌴🇺🇸⛵️ Hiw does the raft hold up while having wild relations? 😜😂😂
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Not good at all. The floor had a big rip right down the middle! :) N
Roger Smart (1 month ago)
Oh damn
Richard Hanson (1 month ago)
As I’m watching this 5/30 got a report that two sailors were rescued by Coast Guard that were two years into an around the world cruise. They were found off the coast of AC NJ clinging to the capsized boat. Only thing I can think of is maybe keel fell off as weather is good.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
They were lucky to be rescued so quickly. Awesome response time! But to lose your boat, heart breaking. N
Richard Hanson (1 month ago)
Two Afloat Sailing Thankfully the two people rescued fro the 55’ Bertie were brought to shore by CG with no major medical concerns. Call for help (EPIRB I guess) went off 9 PM last night, they were rescued three hours later. They were 65 miles off AC coast. My heart goes out to them, they must be crushed.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Oh man, I hate hearing that. I hope they are okay. How long were they clinging to their boat? I'm glad they did not leave their boat since it was still floating and is way more visible than a small life raft. Scary. N
bizim eller (1 month ago)
you guys crack me uuuuupppppp:)))))))))))))))))
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Right on! At least we can make a sometimes boring topic entertaining. :) N
Michael Samuel (1 month ago)
But did you ruin his pool? lol
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Haha, no it was fine but at first Pops was not happy. LOL! :) N
Michael Samuel (1 month ago)
Not gonna lie, I don't think I could resist smacking it either. LMAO Great video you two.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
He did do a lot of that!. :) N
Zach Mav (1 month ago)
Do Stephanie and Brian have their own channel on youtube?
Graeme Henderson (1 month ago)
Did you say mature??? Hahahahaha ... quoit is a ring.. also a game The Rules of Outdoor Quoits - Masters Traditional Gameshttps://www.mastersofgames.com/rules/quoits-outdoor-rules.htm.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Good to know, thank you Graeme. :) I'm going to look it up to see how to pronounce it. Thank you for the link too! :) N
Laurent Froggy (1 month ago)
LOL, you guys crack me up even on a serious subject like this one. Who's pool was it - family, friends? Great video as usual, thanks and best from HKG
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Merci Laurent! That was the backyard I grew up in. We went back for a short visit for Mother's Day. This was the entertainment for that day. :) Haha! N
Coen Wisselink (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xym5KUJrvsY This is a great story from a man who spent 76 days in a liferaft
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
OH man, if we only had enough data to watch it!!! We did read the book, "117 Days at Sea" or close to that...not fun. N
Doug Ackerman (1 month ago)
😅😂🤣😂 But seriously... good video!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you Doug! We hope people can at least take away one thing from this video. Cheers! :) N
craig me (1 month ago)
You funny horny kids. Thanks this was fun. You should have had a competotion for what to do with those nipple things...
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Haha, we kept coming back to those stupid nipple things...LOL.. :) . N
Durin S. Bane (1 month ago)
Life raft mk 1 "too hard to pull cord" Life raft mk 2 "can't get in when in the water" mk 3 "needs a roof" mk 4 "Flips over in wind" ... Thanks for an informative video!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Durin, small inflatable donut is a great idea because I don't think there is any way around not sitting in water. I think the black ladder would be very uncomfortable and/or almost impossible to sit on but the donuts...that's a good idea. Thank and Cheers! N
Durin S. Bane (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing Reminds me of my dad's advice "practice changing a tire before you actually need to" also I was thinking about getting the water out of the raft, even with the sponge it seems like there will still be some water. Can the that black ladder looking thing be used for seating? Is there enough head room? or maybe add two small inflatable donuts or seating pads to the ditch bag. At least your butts will be off the wet floor
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Our pleasure Durin! :) N
Mike Schauerman (1 month ago)
As the saying goes ( the captain goes down with the ship) Nicole stab him in the eye with the butt plug as he is trying to get in good luck hottie
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Ryan will be armed with the whistle and I with the butt plug/nipple things... Haha! :) N
MN Gooner76 (1 month ago)
That was really helpful. Thank you.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
So glad to hear that! I too thought it was helpful for me! :) I've never deployed one before nor sat in one for an extended period like I did that day. Cheers! N
Richard Hague (1 month ago)
I've taken three formal Sea Survival courses: As a part of USN Flight Training, a Joint USN/USCG session, Continental Airlines (now United) as a requirement for International crews, and as an Air Carrier Inspector with the FAA. Echoing your and Nicole's caveat, a practice ditching in a heated swimming pool is difficult enough, but in the open ocean, a lack of training can be, at best, terrifying, at worst, fatal. In the USN/USCG course, we were dumped into a Sea State Three Pacific Ocean off Hawaii. We were pilots and aircrewmen in our 20's and 30's. We were, to a man, in great physical shape and we had been trained to know exactly how we were going to approach the situation. Deploying, entering, and configuring the raft and it's equipment would have been a challange in a flat sea, but in the open water? Brutal. Doable, but brutal. The course sponsored by the airlines for Flight And Cabin Crew was done in a swimming pool and lemme tell you, Ryan, being confined to a pool with a dozen or so bikini-clad flight attendents... One wonders, how much can be endured for God and Country? I don't know how many TransPacs I flew. A couple of hundred? More? But always in the back of my mind was the thought of directing a night ditching in rough and roiling 40 degree water where one had three minutes or less of usefulness. It is this that I want your readers to think about, plan for and practice.
Richard Hague (15 days ago)
@Mit Seraffej Sorry, Mit, for the delay in responding. Each situation must be treated as unique, of course, and there's no pat answer. The Pan Am 6 trip that ditched at Ocean Station November in October, 1956, saw all 31 S.O.B. (seven crew; 24 pax) saved. In other ditchings, everyone was lost. The Pan Am was a prop aircraft, of course. How would a jet, with its low-slung under-wing engines have fared? "Why I waste what life I have left..." HAHAHA. For the money, Mit. For the wages, hours, and working conditions. Having said that... Today was my birthday. I celebrated the 44th Anniversary of my 39th Birthday and I can tell you, Pardner, I'm s-o-o-o glad to be out of it!
Mit Seraffej (1 month ago)
Richard Hague . In reality what are the chances of even getting out of an aircraft in an open water ( not the Hudson) night ditching. I operate over a stretch of water where 30 foot winter swells are common. On two engines of course. Interestingly the airplane manufacturer suggest via the checklist that a ditching should be considered in a smoke, fumes or fire situation. Better than being burnt to death I guess. Pleased these things don’t happen to often. Getting old and dying far more likely, does make me wonder why I waste what life I have left sitting in a fucking airplane. I think I might be getting cynical in my old age.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Now that is some training Richard and thank you for sharing your stories! I hope we never have to use the life raft. Cheers! N
David Benore (1 month ago)
Nicole is making the raft hot. Where's the cooler?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
LOL! I'll take that. ;) N
Lk M (1 month ago)
You two are hilarious. Can’t believe you put the flare in the pool. Someone got sent to their room. When does the S happen?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Dad wasn't too stoked on that but he got over it pretty quickly. Haha! I was surprised, pleasantly surprised at how long it stayed lit under water. N
Allyn Onderdonk (1 month ago)
You would pack birth control pills but not some KY??? I would in order to make some more room in the ditch kit, toss the nipple points and pack some KY. Also I would take the life raft in the dinghy if the weather was good enough....don't forget navigation equipment. Pack an old phone with inavx or something on it so if you do have a dinghy you can get somewhere like dry land. I would probably end up cutting up the life raft to make a sailboat or something crazy out of the dinghy.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Good point, KY trumps those stupid nipple points! Haha! If there would be time to grab the dinghy I think towing it behind the life raft is a great idea. You have some other great point Allyn and thank you for sharing them. Cheers! N
Al Smitherman (1 month ago)
Good info presented only as you guys can do it! Love it! Fair winds guys!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
You know we have to do it "our...I mean "Ryan" style"... ;) N
Robert Crain (1 month ago)
Survival equipment is very important but best to have it, know how to use it and never need it. Be Prepared.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
100% with you on that one Robert! :) N
Tony Stott (1 month ago)
Excellent entertaining coverage of a very serious subject. One possible omission though, a hand-bearing compass like a Plastimo Iris 50 (https://www.plastimo.com/en/compas-iris-1914.html) might be redundant if your GPS is working but these things are bullet-proof, and need no batteries. I also recommend that you keep the most recently outdated flares as well as the current ones, in your ditchbag, as most will still work years after the use-by date. In addition to the first-aid items you mentioned, I added a commercially-available package (from Aide-Comp https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/products/aide-comp-sc-first-aid-kit) which includes an extremely effective waterproof "first-aid for dummies" booklet using the kit contents. I have added a small supply of morphine tablets (courtesy of major spinal surgery, but I believe you can obtain serious painkilling drugs from a doctor specifically for ditchbag use). Everybody going offshore should be going through a list of life-saving items, as "missing the boat" is not an option!
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Thank you Tony for sharing your thoughts and suggestions. I think Aide-Comp sounds incredible and worth looking into. The waterproof first aid book is a great idea! Lucky you with the morphine tablets!!! Cheers! N
steve holton (1 month ago)
Make sure that you have a roll of "200 MPH -Race Tape" (Duct Take) in your bug out. It has millions of uses most notably Skin Patching - Human and Raft. Best if very bright color. sdh in CT
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Yes it does and having it be brightly colored is a great idea!!! N
Michael Rouse (1 month ago)
Here's a great course offered by US Sailing https://www.ussailing.org/education/adult/safety-at-sea-courses/find-a-course-near-you/ Take the International Offshore Safety at Sea Course with Hands-on Training to get the hands on training.
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Michael, we are so glad you mentioned this course as Ryan took it and highly recommends it. He can't believe he forgot to mention this course while we were filming. But he did add it to the "show more" section for those that actually read that section. :) N
SV Pilgrim's Way (1 month ago)
Educational and fun again. Was that raft a "Coastal" raft? If so that might explain the lack of rations. I believe "Offshore" rafts have rations included, to allow for the possible extended time it may take for rescue.
SV Pilgrim's Way (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing hope your memory was better then or ypu might have gone a bit hungry..😀 O
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Nothing was written on the outside valise but I do recall a list when we first bought it which was 10 years ago.
SV Pilgrim's Way (1 month ago)
@Two Afloat Sailing very surprising, was there a packed list somewhere on the out side to indicate what they had packed in it?
Two Afloat Sailing (1 month ago)
Nope, offshore rated well known brand! I would have given it some slack too if it was a coastal raft but it wasn't! N
Native Tree (1 month ago)
<3

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