The Montauk Catamaran Company Chronicles, 4/21/15: Listening to Your Spidey Sense, Part 2

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David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar aaron david says:

    Out of curiosity, how much safety/first aid are you requited to either demonstrate or be certified on for your captains license?

    Oh, and I am planning on building a boat as soon as I recover fully from my back surgury. Thanks to you!Report

    • Basic First Aid and CPR. I also have AED training, which is not required and AEDs are not required by the Coast Guard. I selected the Cardiac Science unit because it also has audio and text prompts that take the rescuer through the procedure and should be able to guide an untrained person through the cardiac rescue.

      Build that boat. Come hell or high water, build that boat. You will not regret it!Report

      • Avatar Patrick in reply to David Ryan says:

        Can you get an epi pen as part of your on-board equipment without getting an EMT certification? Are there exceptions to those rules for boats?Report

        • Avatar Kim in reply to Patrick says:

          Epi-pens are designed to be cake to use, so that smallish children can administer them to themselves. The problem is getting a prescription… I’d recommend shopping for a doc who’s willing to listen.

          Not sure what the likelihood is for you getting “lost” at sea for a couple of days, but if that’ll be a potential issue too, you may want to invest in some antibiotics, along with the usual “long term first aid”…Report

        • Avatar David Ryan in reply to Patrick says:

          As a USCG inspected passenger vessel Mon Tiki has a proscribed first-aid kit, but an epi pen is not a part of the kit. After the incident described in The Knock-Down, Part 2 I looked into what it would take to keep an epi pen on board, but the information I got was conflicting, as was the information that I got as to what our exposure would be for using an “un-authorized” pen if there was a tragic outcome, so I didn’t peruse it any further. Probably time to take it up again, so thanks for the reminder!

          As to antibiotics, our “help-window” is in the 30-60 minute range. When I sailed offshore my father (an MD) helped me put together a more extensive kit with antibiotics, suturs and other things not needed on an afternoon outing.Report

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