What is really important
Sailing aboard SY MARLIN is not like sailing on other ships. The price of a trip should not be the main criterion when choosing the right boat. For us, the safety of our sailors is the highest law on board. Accordingly, we have equipped the MARLIN. Those who save on safety equipment are not at odds with their fellow sailors. Our ship has been approved by the Berufsgenossenschaft See and has the coveted Class A Ship Safety Certificate for worldwide travel. Not many boats meet the same high safety quality standards.
The solid aluminum construction complies with German Lloyd specifications. The ship is divided into five watertight separate bulkhead areas. Impact protection, sail load, front cabin, saloon, engine compartment and aft cabin are . If there is a collision, the other compartements save the ship from sinking. All sections have independent bilge pumps. Thus, the MARLIN is virtually unsinkable. All hatches can be opened from the deck. A stable, high railing preventsyou from going overboard, live lines allow a safe connection to the boat at all times. A regurlarly serviced life raft is immediately available on the rear and offers space for 6 people. Our NAIAD dinghy with aluminum floor is approved in New Zealand as an additional life raft and offers further safety.
There are fire extinguishers in all cabins. In addition, there is a fire extinguisher for grease and a fire extinguisher for cable fires. The walk-in engine room is equipped with an automatic fire extinguishing system. There is also an additional fire extinguisher in the rear storage area.
E-mail, Weather & Internet
The crew has access to our Iridium GO! Network with fixed outdoor antenna. Telephone calls and e-mails are possible at any time and worldwide free of charge as part of our flatrate. The MARLIN’s own hotspot guarantees internet access for all crew members close to shore. For the weather forecast, a WBS4 is on board, which includes Navtex, DWD, Sysop and a powerful barograph. Through Saildocs, we receive Grib predictions and have access to ground pressure maps. The BordPC with worldwide electronicmaps is at the crew’s disposal. In the pilot house Navionics charts are available on an iPad, a Furuno radar allows the nightly control of traffic and navigation.
The MARLIN is equipped with a fixed VHF radio and two portable radios, which allow communication between crew members aboard and ashore even in the most remote areas. A short wave system for amateur radio and maritime radio enables worldwide communication. The connected PACTOR modem is used to receive weather GRIB forecasts for our current shipping area, but also allows you to send and receive e-mails.
Via CLASS B AIS, MARLIN is constantly sending out its position in order to avoid collision with other vessels. The AIS system also has an integrated anchor watch and serves the crew’s safety especially as a receiver for the emergency transmitters integrated into all life jackets. If someone goes overboard, there is an immediate alarm and the position of the victim is displayed on the device. The rescue is safely practicable, even in bad weather or in pitch dark night.
Catch & Lift Rescue System
How do I get Paul back on board? Many times during the first days on MARLIN you will hear the call “Man overboard.” In our case, the port side lifebuoy, nick named Paul, falls into the water. It doesn’t matter who’s on the wheel and if we sail under engine, full sails, open seas or in port. We practise many times, so all crew members know what to do in case of a real emergency. Ths takes a while, and usually even experienced sailors realize they were not trained well enough for this situation.
For this reason, we have equipped the MARLIN with AIS transmitters in the lifejackets. Experience shows, that very few helmsmen and women press the MOB button on the GPS. Just imagine: you are going overboard. No matter why. And nobody presses the MOB button. Nobody notices. You swim in the best case with inflated vest in the wake of the MARLIN who disappears with 10 knots into the blue – steered by an autopilot. You scream on the spit. How long will it take until your loss will be noticed? When we were sailing just the two of us on our old boat IRON LADY before times of AIS, we had an unwritten law. “Who goes overboard is dead.” Nowadays this law is outdated. Who sails with us today, doesn’t need to be afraid getting lost on sea anymore. Not on SY MARLIN.
The second problem, that mostly peopleare not aware of, is getting the person, who fell overboard back on the boat. In the average case the person weighs around 90kg and is 1.80 cm tall. In the best case, with proper instruction from the skipper, Paul swims then carried by his lifejacket in the wake of the MARLIN. The AIS on board shows Paul’s position. But how do we get him back on board? At the lifejacket there is a loop for the air rescue. Paul will now be pulled on board. In the worst case, Paul is unconscious. A clever way of rescueing is the Catch & Lift Rescue System. Watch the following video:
We took the system on board for the safety of our guests. Nothing is worse than an accident happening during one of our trips, with the consequence of a sailor being lost at sea or being injured while trying to get him on board.
Anyone who is interested in the system can purchase it through me or, better, through LUNATRONIC for their own ship. As a sailor you should compare the safety equipment of the ships, you want to sail. The Catch & Lift system advertised here is not automatically included on board any ship and also not in the Trade Association Safety Equipment Requirements. The sensible skipper and sailor asks.
Of course, the equipment also includes an EPIRB for worldwide detection in a rescue situation and an S4-SART for local detection and recovery. Our signaling devices are up-to-date and tested.
Our on-board pharmacy is extensive, documented and constantly updated. Alignment here is also worldwide drive, so that emergencies can be largely self-treated.