What is the boat's obligation to OUR safety? Of course there are safety seminars (mandated by the Coast Guard) given on all trips. SOME (not all) boatshave AED's. I can tell you that they absolutely do make a difference. The reality is that without shocking a heart, CPR is most likely NOT going to bring back a victim in cardiac arrest. The heart is a muscle that is electrically charged. When the heart stops beating it usually goes into a lethal rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation. The ONLY way to break this rhythm is to deliver anelectrical shock. Without a shock the heart will not return to its normal rhythm. You have seen your eyelid quiver. The heart is a muscle and does the samething. This is called Ventricular Fibrillation (V-Fib). The only way to get theheart to stop quivering is to put one patch on the right upper part of thechest and another one on the left lower part of the rib cage and deliver ashock of electrical current. This shock "resets" the heart whichhopefully causes the heart to stop beating altogether. Ideally the hearts ownability to start beating on its own takes over and the patient survives. Without a shock, the heart will not. So, AED's have become commonplace. They are hanging on the wall like fire extinguishers in the airport. Thousands of businesses have them on site fortheir employee's safety. Crews are required by the Coast Guard to have CPR andFirst Aid training. Several of the boat owners have elected to put AED's on theboat (Excel, Red Rooster, Qualifier 105). Face it, we as long range fishermen are getting older. Younger anglers arehaving trouble affording both the cost of the trip and many cannot get the timeoff from work. In your opinion, should AED's be required?