Sea Sick? Remedies and Cures for Seasickness

Sea sickness stinks, and anyone who’s been sea sick knows that finding a cure isn’t easy. In fact there are many remedies out there but whether or not they work for any one specific person is a coin-toss. One of my very best fishing buddies in the world, my son Max, unfortunately, has to deal [...]

18th June 2010.
By Lenny Rudow

Sea sickness stinks, and anyone who’s been sea sick knows that finding a cure isn’t easy. In fact there are many remedies out there but whether or not they work for any one specific person is a coin-toss. One of my very best fishing buddies in the world, my son Max, unfortunately, has to deal with this issue just about every time we push off the dock. So does my brother in law, my wife, and several other people I fish with regularly. In the past few years we’ve tried a lot of different things to slow the “chum” flow; here’s what we’ve discovered.

1. Dramamine – it works 75-percent of the time, and it puts you to sleep for at least that much of the trip. Most of your day is spent in a fog.

2. Bonine – it works 75-percent of the time, but has the same problem. Fortunately, it’s to a lesser degree; plan on being sleepy half the time.

3. Dramamine Kids formula – It works only occasionally, but still knocks you out. Worse yet, the pills thend to get crumbly in the package. The kids hate this one.

4. Soothing Scents – This tube has a peppermint smell you’re supposed to inhale to calm your stomache. It works about half the time, but seasickness returns within 15 to 20 minutes after use, about half the time.

5. Ginger-based drinks - Seafaring lore says these help remedy seasickness, but we’ve seen little to no effect, in reality.

6. Wrist bands – I’ve heard these work for some people, but I’ve yet to see it work on anyone, on my boats.

7. The Patch – This one works 80 or 90 percent of the time. The down-sides? You need a prescription to get one, and its only available to people 18 or older.  

8. A hook-up – This seems to be the very best all-around cure for just about everyone – a screaming drag and the excitement of “Fish on!” causes you to forget you were sick int he first place. Unfortunately, the effect is temporary.

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He looks pretty good here, but prior to finding the fish Max threw up 17 times… yes, he kept count, thinking it might be a world-record for sea sickness.


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Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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