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Sea sick

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:03 pm
by manonamission
Anyone know of good options for keeping sea sickness under control on a Boat, other than not getting on?

Any thoughts gratefully appreciated.


Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:12 pm
by fishingnuts95
Hi mate i suffer from sea sickness the same as you and to prevent it now what seems to help is a full english breakfast then take a tablet after you finish your meal. this settles me for the day and if we are on a longer trip i just take another tablet around 3/4 through the trip to keep me fine.
also stated by reel_wizard i used stare at the floor and this does really not help. also make sure you keep hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the trip.
hope this helps you

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:18 pm
by sniggle
To add to the above, stay outside in the fresh air do not go in the cabin. Also if you do feel queasy keep your head up and watch the horizon it helps if your brain has stable line to relate the boats motion against.

I was lucky that on the rare occasions that i did feel iffy i could have a snooze * against the gunnels and get over it.

* does not work for everybody ..... with a finger on your line you can still be in contact if anything fishy comes along , the best cure is catching fish.

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:40 pm
by fishingnuts95
that last point by sniggle is actually true in my opinion. if u are catching fish then it keeps you occupied and can help against sea sickness!

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:00 pm
by SeaSickSmiffy
As has already been said, keep looking out to the horizon as this helps as does moving with the boat and keeping your head still.

An old skipper out of Looe once told me that the best thing to eat for sea sickness was oranges. Didn't make any difference to the seasickness but at least they tast the same coming up as they do going down.

Of course, failing all that, you just need to sit on the mossy side of an oak tree! :D

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:03 pm
by macer
Well done guys some good tips coming through here, keep em coming ;)

A skipper from Mevagissey once told me to try and remain in the center of the boat as that is where the least motion is, which in the past has worked for me.

Another trick is to apply pressure with your fingers to both your wrists (approximately 3 fingers depth from the base of your palm) which is the same priciple of how travel bands work (or you could just purchase the travel bands lol).

If you do feel sick i find it best to blow chunks and get it out of the way #:-S rather than hold it in which i think makes you worse throughout the day.

Cheers macer

Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:57 pm
by Cabrat
Even the best of them have a chuck up don't they Macer lol lol lol

its ok I won't post the pic of you giving it Burt & Huey in Hayling lol lol

Good advice boys

I swear by Sturgeon Tablets an hour at least before you go and make sure u have a breakfast even if its a bowl of cereal.
If u are sick at least you will have something to bring up.

And don't be worried about being sick we all have had some form of illness on a boat
Mine seems to not catching fish I'm sick of that lol


Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:43 am
by micksinger
i have a mate who was in the navy for over 10 byears and a keen boat fisherman, and he was sea sick all the time even in the navy 6 months at a time at sea, from the moment he got on the boat, said there was nothing he could do for it just put up with it. :)


Posted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:16 am
by manonamission
Hi Guys many thanks for the replies - Stugeron works for me on planes, so I may well dose up on that.

Tight Lines


Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:48 pm
by threefields
Hi, I guess my suggestion maybe too late? I'll give it a shot anyways....

The sailors around here that suffer, all seem to swear by ginger nut biscuits! Maybe the 'key' is ginger? Or said biscuits have magical properties? Apparently a few, a couple of hours before keeps the stomach settled.


Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:51 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
I think there are a lot of myths associated with seasickness and its cure/prevention. Some of the above do work - to some extent, for some people.

Drugs can help prevent onset, but clinical studies show that the anti-psychotic ones (rather than anti-histamines) are more effective, though these require a prescription. Start taking the day before. Ginger is unproven but appears to help with mild queasiness.

Eat your normal breakfast. I would have thought a big fry up would not be a good idea.

If you do get seasick you are pretty much stuck with it until you find flatter water. Staring at horizon and taking your mind off it probably won't help. But you need to avoid vomiting if you can which is extremely sapping. I personally found that sitting in centre of boat (less rolling motion) and closing my eyes was the way to avoid being sick, though you still feel awful. Standing up and fishing made matters worse. But different people will find different approaches best.

Early symptoms can be excessive yawning and dizziness.

Perhaps a good way to acquire sea legs would be to fish somewhere close to shelter, so the boat can keep nipping back to somewhere calm for recovery. Unfortunately that is rarely possible.