Date: 26 June 2016. Marking my
Paddles (dinghy safety equipment)
the water is fabulous. Having Stuff is okay too. Keeping my items
from the nefarious is an ongoing concern. This is a mobile
society. Boats come and go. I do not want my perfectly good dinghy
paddles to disappear with the town bum. To that end I have a
My goal is
goods from being acquired.
less tempting than yours.
not have to have the Best System.
It's just got to be slightly
better than yours.
If your items are easy to snatch and mine are not... well, suffice
it to say I believe yours will be more tempting than mine. To that
end I mark Seaweed on my stuff.
I recently replaced my dinghy
oars with brand new paddles from Walmart. I wanted to permanently
mark them. Ideally one of those etchers
would have been the perfect tool for this job. I do not own one. Buying a
tool for a single use is a waste of resources. Thus I got out my
soldering iron and had at it.
could have been better and neater. It is Good Enough and now those
paddles are permanently marked as belonging to Seaweed.
Just because your dinghy
has a motor does not mean you can forget about oars. You
definitely NEED them in your dinghy. If the outboard quits you
should be able to row yourself to safety.
Also you'll want the
following: (affiliate links in blue)
A whistle to alert
others when you need help (required)
A life preserver for
each person onboard (required) I prefer the less bulky
Auto Inflate Life Jacket Vests
A bottle of water (or
coffee, tea) (smart to have)
An anchor with
sufficient line to keep you in one place (smart to have)
(Get at a nautical flea market)
- If you run after dark,
Red and Green Running Lights (required)
Cobra VHF handheld floating 6 watts to call for help
(smart to have)
While chatting with my friend Cheryl we realized I had marked the paddles with
the name of my boat. Thus anyone at a dinghy dock will be able to
know Seaweed has no one aboard her. ARGH. Obviously I was not
thinking. I should have marked the oars Algae. Thanks Cheryl -- good
your oars is a Good Idea. I am glad I did so.
I just wish I had
written Algae instead of Seaweed.
Such is life on the waterfront. I'm having fun using Seaweed. It's
cool to be the boat that moves regularly enough that neighbors
comment. Next stop is the fuel dock. I'll be doing that on Tuesday
Would you attempt to change Seaweed to Algae on those
If so, how would you do it? (Paddles are a soft rubber.)
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