Accidents can always happen. That is why safety on the boat is extremely important.
A Dondra catamaran is built to withstand much, but. . . In the event of a collision with, for example, a container floating under water, there is always a chance that the extra aramid protection at the underside of the boat, would fail and water could come inside.
When water comes in, it usually doesn’t get far: your boat is full of watertight zones.
If the accident is so serious that your boat takes a lot of water, the Dondra is constructed in such a way that the boat still will float, and you can stay on it, in most cases until you can move the boat to a safe berth.
(Bilge pumps cannot pump away too much water, they serve to keep your boat dry in normal circumstances and to inform you that there is water where there should not be any.)
In the event of a collision or an unfortunate maneuver in severe weather conditions, the catamaran could tip over and the bottom of the boat would then become the top. The mast, broken or not, hangs at the bottom of the boat.
With some effort – in those circumstances, more effort is needed to do things – you can remove the mast if necessary.
At the bottom of the boat – which is then the top – safety belts are present so you can move safely without sliding off the boat.
A brightly colored large circle has been applied to the bottom surface of a Dondra, so that a catamaran that lies upside down is easier to see from the sky.
There are also attachment points so that you can easily attach the life raft to it and wait for help. (A life raft alone is not what you really want in that situation, you have little space, problems with water and food and possibly the worst of all: the life raft is almost invisible from the air. Fixing the liferaft at the safety belts is a much better option than leaving the boat and sail away on the life raft.)
There is a separate electrical system that then comes into operation and makes everything a little easier.
Along the emergency hatches you can enter to take food, water and other necessary things.
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