1 TWO TO TANGO
There are two parties involved in a rescue at sea: the rescued and the rescuers. When you are being rescued, you tend to let the rescuers take the initiative and know what to do. This might be fine when it is an experienced lifeboat crew doing the rescue but out at sea, it will probably be the first time for both the rescued and rescuer. So have a long discussion about how the rescue will take place because you both have an equal say in this matter and possibly different viewpoints.
2 CHOOSE YOUR RESCUE SHIP CAREFULLY… IF YOU CAN!
A 40ft climb up a ship’s side is a big challenge and may be beyond the capabilities of a tired crew. Ours was an American ship and the first thing they wanted as we landed on their deck was to sign a disclaimer that we would not sue them for the damage to our boat! I have been rescued by a British ship and the first thing they did was greet us at the top of the gangway. There was a steward with a silver tray of brandy glasses offering us a muchneeded drink!