What to do if you got stuck at ocean because your boat broke down?

you go on big boat (yachts) with your awhole family. You go on ocean for few days then get back to land for vacation. While you cruise on ocean, the boat broke down, all electric is broken, can't call for helps. You wait few hours hoping helps is coming, there is ship but looked suspicious. They stopped and offered you help by join ship with them. You tried to use that ship phone but cannot communicate and understand because they speaking.

You had two choice, go ahead join with another boat that you cannot trust or refuse their offering for helps and wait for another boat went by later on.Now you maybe never will ever get any helps for several months and maybe get hunger to death with a whole family while stuck at ocean. Or you might've will kill by go on ride with stranger.

6 Answers

  • James
    Lv 4
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    The answer is that you never get into a situation like that. Have a signal horn, flare gun, radio, and gps with an emergency sos beacon if you ever plan on going out into the ocean. And definitely accept help from anybody willing to offer if you didn't come prepared. What better options would you have at that point 

  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago


  • fuzzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Preparation before you go t omake sure all systems work properly.

    Know what to do in case of breakdowns.

    Actually know what you are doing in general while afloat. (Obviously you dont - years of experience needed)

    Modern boats equipped with multiple safety features - ie dual methods of propulsion, sail & engine &/or twin engines, VHF radio, satelite phone & EPIRB. The further offshore you plan t ogo the more safety equipment you carry (experience + regulations)

    Rule of the sea  - you help someone else who is in trouble

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    In your case you are so unprepared it would be best not to go to sea.

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  • 2 months ago

    Raise some sails or use your sat phone.

  • 2 months ago

    i would let them help you

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