Just curious how many others on here treat their rescue boat the same way? Some scary shit here.
Many years ago my counterpart as Chief Mate was launching the rescue boat for a quarterly drill with him and two other crew in the boat. The counterweight for the limit switch which surrounded the cable near the davit head failed while lowering and nearly severed the cable. Luckily they were close enough to the main deck at the time that they were able to scurry back aboard the ship. Ever since this incident I have had the same feeling about these boats as the crew in the story.
I have flat out told USCG inspectors that I refuse to lower the rescue boat with any crew onboard for a drill. The risks are too high. I don’t think I’d even use it in an emergency, opting for the lifeboat instead. SOLAS now mandates that the rescue boat be launched monthly so there are 12 opportunities a year for a catastrophic casualty in my opinion.
Anyone else feel likewise?