For each of the past several years, my good friends on Sealark have organized a unique man overboard drill. In this drill, they make the AIS and DSC transmissions that one would expect in a real man overboard situation.

In 2021, we captured the experience we had trying to interpret the messages we received on our electronics.  It wasn’t pretty.  

We highly recommend participating in a drill like this if you can.  We also recommend recording it.  After reviewing our video several times, we were able to make more sense of what was happening and make some configuration changes to our electronics to reduce “false alarms” and hopefully make us more responsive in a real emergency.