After taking my first boater safety course I knew I would be taking more, and outfitting Mahalo with a substantial first aid kit.
We first determined that this storage area under the salon settee would be perfect. It only takes about 5 seconds to open it up. Although I put the defibrillator there just for this picture, it is in an even more accessible spot in the salon.
Conversing with our son who is an EMT we began with a purchased kit from Amazon. It came in a big bag with a million pockets. In a real emergency with all the stress, it would be difficult to figure out where something is that we need.
After we got the kit, we took his recommendations of items to add, which we did.
Then last year my brother, the surgeon, came on board for a week. One morning we pulled everything out. His suggestion was to separate them by the kind of treatment required. I.e. burns, bleeding, fractures/sprains, general sea sickness, this kind of thing. So we have the bins and boxes organized that way now.
And he suggested about 25 additional items. We acquired those. My brother suggested various meds we ought to have, but he can't prescribe them because he's not a WA resident. I went to my own GP with the list and was ready for the discussion that these aren't for personal use (!), unless medically necessary. He was understanding and helpful.
I know I should have a complete list of everything in there, hopefully I'll get to that.
Debbie and I took a CPR/AED class, along with several first aid classes, that were boating oriented. We have also been briefed on how to work with the CG and other first responders in a medical emergency. Did you know the CG has a flight surgeon at the ready 24/7? If you can get VHF to your local CG, they will set up a relay with the flight surgeon.
Of course I hope we don't have to use any of these items, but hopefully we are ready if that time comes.
One of our local artists is Patti Brown. She does a type of art we find very appealing. In addition to wall art she creates a variety of trays. When we saw this beauty at a recent show of hers, we knew it would be perfect for Mahalo.
Here is her website: liquidcells.com/
Mahalo has an induction cooktop. Cooks fast and is a breeze to clean up. But I often find myself needing to start a generator just to use the cooktop. So I got this nifty portable induction cooktop, which can be powered by the inverter.
There are smaller, low profile units. But reviewers said they had loud fans. And I don't want one where a pan is going to hang over or cover the controls.
This would also be useful for people with smaller inverters. You can set the wattage used!
Another bonus is being able to take it up to the flybridge, where I have plenty of electrical sockets. Like if I want to boil some corn to go with whatever we are bbq'ing, it's very convenient. Like most things, got it on Amazon!
It's Thanksgiving week here in the USA. Holiday greetings to all my fellow cruisers out there.
The guy that supplied our tender also supplied ratcheting tie down straps for it. And these ratchets are wretched! I always feel like they are going to tear my hands up when I'm trying to use them, especially loosening them.
Welcome to Mahalo, you strapping beauties (on the right). That's how to do it! There are heavy plastic where you need to touch the units. Nice wide grips. Look at those pathetic ones on the left. I bet in an emergency I couldn't even get them loose!
I got the carabiner version, because why not? Even if they got a little loose they still cannot fall off. Plus they will stay attached to Mahalo when the tender is in the water. I trimmed off some extra material, now I'm set! American made to boot!
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Okay, so a minor blog post, minor project.
There are a few places on Mahalo where I need a ladder. I found a really nice on at Home Depot, light but really sturdy. I like these ones with the really deep steps.
Looking around the lazarette I noticed that this corner would be ideal. There is a storage area behind where the ladder is now, but at the moment I just keep the oil diapers in there, so I don't access them often. I did some thinking about how to mount the ladder. I decided I really didn't want to drill any holes in the walls.
Then I remembered I had some of these 3M Command hooks. Really cool product. When applied, they have strength in the direction of the pull. But you can remove them by pushing the opposite direction and they don't leave any mark behind.
I had also bought a supply of shock cord, the bull nose rings and the special pliers to crimp the rings. Make your own shock cord! Good stuff.