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- The second move is for the captain to assess his own injuries and to see if there’s any shock. If so, hand the procedures to another shipmate.
- Grab a notebook and begin listing everything that happened, including the times they happened. Tide level, location and a geographic landmark is helpful.
- Use the VHF radio to reach the Coast Guard. Write down if the responding CG is from the US, Canada, etc.
- Request a no-wake zone around the boat for safety.
- Get a current weather forecast; know what is to come in the next 24 hours. Secure all seacocks and ports.
- Carefully calculate the way out. See which way the current is pushing at high tide and try to set the kedge anchor in the right direction.
- Make a drawing of the situation and what looks like the best way out, along with the biggest hazards.
- If possible, take heavy items to shore in the skiff. Remove as much weight as possible and if there’s a freshwater tank, drain it except for minimal water to drink.
- With all this information the captain can assist any help that may arrive, whether from private boaters, ships or the Coast Guard.
Keep this list handy so the captain knows what to do without having to remember it all.