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Nautical Trivia

1. Did you know that with any boat, the safest winter storage is ashore: boats don’t sink on land. If you choose to leave your boat afloat, monitor winter storms as you would hurricanes and, if practicable, prearrange to have your boat hauled at a nearby marina if a sever snowstorm threatens your area. 2. Did you know that a well-fitting cover can direct that snow overboard? Timely visits to your boat can prevent snow buildup on covers and in scuppers. Don’t let that gently falling snow fool you. 3. Did you know having snow or ice as a water source is key in a survival situation? 4. Did you know that you can last for up to three weeks without food, but without water, you only get three, maybe four days before you could die? This applies especially in cold climates, where the air is drier and you will dehydrate much faster. 5. Did you know that finding a clean source of ice or snow to melt it in order to quench your thirst will take some time and energy to procure water, so don’t wait until the first symptoms of dehydration appear, start ahead. 6. Did you know that about 3/4 of your body mass is actually water? 7. Did you know that if abandoned in a severe snow situation, digging a snow trench a little bigger than your body should be your goal? This is the best scenario since a smaller space will heat up from what heat your body generates. 8. Did you know that the easiest way to melt your ice or snow is to do so in a pan over a fire? If this is not a possibility, try melting some snow in a bottle between the inner /outer layers of your clothing. To keep it from refreezing, keep it close to your body. 9. Did you know that ice will give you more water than snow because it has a much higher density than snow? 10. Did you know that the weight of snow varies greatly? a dry, fluffy snow might weigh a little over five pounds per cubic foot while a wet snow can weigh 15 pounds or more. 11. Did you know that you can use dead branches and sticks (even blocks of icy snow) as supports for the top of the shelter (you will have to put snow on the top, for insulation purposes) and also make sure you cover the entrance as well (a plastic sheath would do, or your back pack). Don’t forget to provide yourself with a ventilation hole and never sleep directly on the ground; use some insulation like pine boughs or grass.

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