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What to Do for Motion Sickness on a Boat

I’ve always loved to boat and fish, and never had a problem with seasickness, until…a fateful trip in search of big eye off the coast of North Carolina. The Carolina coast is known for big seas, but did I worry? No way! I should have.

In preparation of our journey, we shared a huge box of Krispy Kremes. Once properly fortified, we headed out to sea. That day, the ocean had something special in store for me – a following sea. I don’t know if you are familiar with a following sea, but it creates a slow, diabolical roll from stern to bow. This doesn’t mix well with Krispy Kremes. Nor is it a good companion for keeping breakfast down after two of your most sturdy shipmates have relieved themselves of their donut intake just steps away.

I don’t know if it is in my head or if my constitution has changed with age, but I still get seasick if the ocean is not as smooth as glass. I’m not one to rock the boat, so to this day I am only a fair weather fisherman.

The good news is that there are things you can do to avoid and keep seasickness at bay. You can take Dramamine before you even step foot on a boat. The bad thing about Dramamine is that it can make you sleepy. There is also a patch that can be prescribed by a doctor and is affixed about four hours before you boat. The remedy I actually think is the best motion potion though is a motion sickness watchband. It rests against your pulse and sends signals which are supposed to ease any motion sickness symptoms. You can increase and decrease those pulse signals according to how you feel.

Good luck and tight lines!