Yeah, we named our boat Barefoot Gal and now I’m writing to put on your shoes? What’s up with that?
Actually, it has a lot to do with the fact that I much prefer to go barefoot.
But if you’re like me and tend not to wear your shoes when you’re aboard the boat, it’s a smart idea to slip them on when threatening weather arrives.
We really don’t like to think that our boat could be the one to drag anchor and go aground, but what if it did? A bit of foot protection would go a long ways.
Water Witch, a beautifully restored wooden boat, was in the next cove over from us when a nasty chubasco (thunderstorm that comes across the Sea of Cortez) hit. Their anchor dragged and they couldn’t make it out to deep water. Unfortunately, she broke up on the rocks and the two on board had to crawl over those rocks to “safety” in the middle of the storm. Imagine trying to do that without shoes . . . or even trying to find your shoes as the boat is hitting the rocks.
As you’re prepping the boat for a squall or thunderstorm, it’s also a good idea to do the following:
- Put collars with ID on pets if they’re not wearing them.
- If you have ID tags (we love the Road ID tags — see my post), put them on.
- If you’re just wearing a swim suit, slip on a pair of shorts and t-shirt.
- Stick a waterproof flashlight in your pocket — don’t count on being able to grab one in an emergency.
Underway, you should have your ditch bag(s) readily at hand. But even at anchor, it’s smart to take a few precautions. Having your boat go on the rocks is an awful day (we’ve been amongst the first ones on the scene twice); getting injured in the process is even worse.