Originally Posted by category4jay
When I sail off to ports
unknown I will carry with me every piece of safety, communication, and navigation
technology I can purchase
I am not sure if you will run out of stowage space or money
Let's think about what might have been useful in this particular situation.
First, a crash/trash pump would allowed them to pump the boat dry and keep it dry even with some significant leaks
Second, hydraulic cable cutters to cut the rig lose.
Third, some sheets
of marine plywood
(or better fiberglass) and waterproof cloth with a battery
drill and bits and large assortment of sheet metal screws and bolts and epoxy
and caulking - to fix the broken hatches and deadlights.
Fourth, a honda generator
and a securely stowed jug of gas and a securely stowed smallish back-up battery charger
, to provide power until the main circuit breakers and battery bank are dried out. And a bunch of wd40 and dry towels and a heat gun to dry the main breakers and batteries and get the electrical system
working again. And spare wire and connectors and crimp tools to by-pass any dead bits you can't bring back to life.
Fifth, Necessary tools and bits to get the engine
back working. Probably it will be just fine once you get power back to the starter but . . . You might have to pump water out of the diesel tanks
- so small pump, tank fitting and hose. You might have to bleed the engine
- so appropriate wrenches. You might have to disassemble and clear/dry and reassemble the starter - appropriate wrenches and cleaner (there is also a very nice aftermarket 'spring starter' that will crank up to a 100hp diesel). It might have moved on its mounts, so appropriate wrenches to do a very rough alignment.
Sixth, spare autopilot(s) and spare gps(s) and spare chart(s) of likely back-up/emergency landfalls.
kit - it sounds like the crew was in fact fine, just a bit scared and banged up. But you might need splints to deal with broken bones, and bandaging and butterfly's and antiseptic cleaner for head
(and other) gashes, and serious pain killer.
Eight, possibility to Jerry rig - some long lengths of 10mm spectra single
braid for rigging
, hack saw and many spare blades and an electric
grinder to cut and shape and smooth the spars, banding tool to splint pieces, drill and padeyes and taps and machine screws and eye bolts for the rigging
attachments, sewing supplies (needles and thread and sail palm) and grommet kit and spare spectra sail cloth and webbing, and good scissors and knife and hot knife to cut and reinforce reinforce Jerry sails
Ninth, either a drogue
or a para-anchor to lie to while fixing the boat (or waiting for rescue). Much more stable than lying beam on. And they might have used this before they got into trouble and avoided the whole situation.
Tenth, then I think I get to the sat phone with speed dial to an MD, the RCC where your epirb
is registered, your family
, and a friendly engine repair mechanic
and an electrician.
None of these jobs is particularly difficult. The Jerry rigging probably requires the most seamanship but was probably not necessary because they were within motoring range of shore.
So, that's the list (just off the top of my head) of 'safety' gear
that would have been useful in this particular situation. Of course there is much additional gear that could be useful in other quite different 'safety' emergencies.