What is really important
Sailing is not sailing and 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. Ask other providers afterwards.
The solid aluminum construction complies with German Lloyd specifications. The ship is divided into five watertight separate Schott areas. Rammschutz, sail load, Vorkabine, saloon, engine compartment and backstay are waterproof separated. If there is a collision, the other areas keep the ship from swimming. All sections have independent bilge pumps. Thus, the MARLIN is virtually unsinkable. All hatches are open from the outside. A stable, high Seereling prevents overhanging, lunge lines allow you to pick with the Lifbelt. A tested 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. In the walk-in engine room, an automatic fire extinguishing system is installed. There is also an additional fire extinguisher in the similarly accessible 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 own hotspot guarantees internet access for all crew members near the land. 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 is at the crew’s disposal. Here are worldwide electronic maps deposited. In the pilot house Navionics charts are available on an iPad, a Furuno radar allows the night control.
The MARLIN is equipped with a fixed VHF radio and two portable radios, which allows the intercommunication on landings, 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 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 guard and serves the crew’s safety especially as receivers for the emergency transmitters integrated into all life jackets. If someone falls overboard, there is an immediate alarm and the position of the overboard is displayed on the device. The rescue is certainly possible, even in bad weather and, for example, in pitch dark night.
Catch & Lift Rescue System
How do I get Paul back on board? On the MARLIN it is said again and again in the first days of the new crew. “Man overboard.” In our case, the port side lifebuoy, dear to Paul, falls into the water. Who is just at the wheel, it does not matter. Even if this exercise happens under engine, sail, in port or at 25 knots. No matter. Good that it is usually an exercise. Mostly, the exercise works well. Rarely at the first time and much less often as learned. 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. Imagine that: you are going overboard. No matter why. Nobody presses the MOB button. Nobody notices. You swim in the best case with inflated vest in the wake of the MARLIN and sails with 10 knots away from you under autopilot. You scream like a spit. How long will it take for your loss to be noticed? For two on our old ship IRON LADY was the law: “Who goes overboard is dead.” That was without AIS transmitter, that was 2001. Who sailed with us today need not be afraid of it. Not on the MARLIN.
The exercise usually does not go one step further. But in reality, this is a much bigger problem these days, with AIS transmitters triggering an infernal alarm on board, that the overboarded one in the average case weighs around 90kg and is 1.80cm 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. How to do it shows the video of the Catch & Lift Rescue System.
We took the system on board for the safety of our guests. Because nothing is worse than the idea that an accident happens during one of our trips, the consequences of which result in one of our sailors being lost or being injured while trying to get him on board. Obviously, 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 on which you want to sail. The Catch & Lift system advertised hereis not automatically included on board any ship and also not in the Trade Association Safety Equipment Requirements. The sensible skipper and sailor asks.
Our on-board pharmacy is extensive, documented and constantly updated. Alignment here is also worldwide drive, so that emergencies can be largely self-treated.