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Old 01-08-2010, 12:34   #1
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Grab Bag

What's in yours? For ocean crossings/coastal hopping?
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Old 01-08-2010, 13:08   #2
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Abandon ship bag with painter, retroreflective tape
Binocs 6x30 waterproof
Compass, bearing, hand
Copies of documents vessel, passport, etc.
Cutting board, poly (cut to fit bottom of bag)
Diamond sharpener
First Aid Kit, with anti-seasick tablets
Fishing kit, GI life raft

Flare set miniflare
Flare smoke floating orange 15 min 2
Flares aerial illumination
Flares Day-Night 6
Flares, aerial Red 4
Flares, smoke handheld 4
Flashlight, waterproof, Pelican 2D, lithium batteries

Flashlight, waterproof, Pelican 4AA, lithium batteries

Gloves, neoprene 2 pr (sm, xl)

GPIRB with integral GPS
GPS, HH, with lithium batteries, waterproof case
Laser green with lithium batteries
Lifeboat food 12Kcal
Multi-tool with lanyard
Notebook, waterproof, with pencil and space pen

Radio, HH, Aircraft in waterproof case, lanyard, flexible J-pole antenna

Radio, HH, GMDSS, lanyard
Raft clamps, 2 small, 2 med, 1 lg
Safety knife, lanyard
Satellite telephone waterproof case, lithium batteries with phone numbers programmed, lanyard
Sea anchors for life raft (2) spare
Search and Rescue Transponder
See-Rescue panel 12" wide (2)
Signal kite
Signaling mirror, glass 4x6" 2
Strobe light MS-2000 with lithium batteries
Sunscreen, SPF45, waterproof 2 tubes
Thermal protective Aid bags (4)
Water .5L (20 oz) bottles 8
Watermaker, RO PUR-06
Whistle, Fox-40
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Old 01-08-2010, 14:33   #3
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G'day, mates. When we have crew onboard, we have extra bags with dried food and water. Each person is assigned a specific bag to grab. Cheers.
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I'd swap out much of that stuff for more fresh water. Not rely so much on the PUR 06.
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I'd swap out much of that stuff for more fresh water. Not rely so much on the PUR 06.
Add a solar still if your voyages tend to be tropical: Solar Still US$200

Y2K Products Solar Water Distillers US$150

Cheaper to make your own, but this is at least ready-to-roll.

Also, they make SPF 70 now: I just got some Neutrogena Sport SPF70 for this kind of planning. Not to mention the occasional likely-too-much-sun day.

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The raft survival pack already has water in it. The PUR-06 is mil-spec and included in military aircraft survival kits (either the -06 or the bigger hand operated one). We actually have two nearly-identical bags (the second doesn't have the SART, Satphone or aircraft HH).

SPF 45 sunscreen allows 2.2% of the UV through. SPF 70 allows 1.4% through. Not a big difference, especially in a raft (Winslow) with a cover.

The reason I have so much comm gear (waterproof, with lithium batteries) in there is so hopefully we're not in the raft too long.

When I was a pilot in the US Air Force (before medical school) one of my additional duties was as a life-support officer: I've made survival a particular area of scholarship. Fortunately I've never had to test my knowledge.
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A yoga video so I can be flexible enough to kiss my ass goodbye.
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A yoga video so I can be flexible enough to kiss my ass goodbye.

I decided to take the advice, and got a 10 liter Dromedary bag that I will lace on the outside of the bags. Much more and the bags won't be at all handy to move. Plus, I should have mentioned that we keep several jugs of water (7 gallon, 2.5 gallon, and 1 gallon) on hand when cruising, as a bit of disaster prep, so we will have water - we can put some or all (depending on time) into the raft if needed.

However, in reading your (humorous) comment, I realized I left the most important item out of my list: The one thing that is absolutely essential.

A positive mental attitude.

With it you can survive most anything. Without it you will not survive anything. After all, Steve Callahan didn't give up....
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