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Old 17-09-2015, 20:54   #1
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Most Important Safety Equipment

Through my years of sailing I've needed a lot of safety equipment that I never thought I'd need.
What are your most important pieces of safety equipment? (and be sure to list the ones that we may not have thought of!)

1. cork for through-hull
2. Backup GPS/Chartplotter (Navionics on my iPad and iPhone)
3. Manual bilge pump
4. 3 extra powered bilge pumps
5. Fire extinguisher

And of course the usual things like life jackets, life raft, EPIRB.
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Old 17-09-2015, 21:31   #2
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

-a good spotlight
-good binoculars
-lifejacket AIS / PLB beacons (also for the dog!)
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Old 17-09-2015, 23:04   #3
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

Bolt cutters to cut away mast/rigging due to catastrophic failure

Large knife in sheath strapped to each mast

Always,always let family/friend know your sail plan

Sea anchor and know how to deploy it prior to needing it.

Whistle and strobe attached to each lifevest
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

LifeSling. MOB recovery system.
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Old 17-09-2015, 23:23   #5
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

bolt cutters yes, but also a good, ready, non rusty, hack saw, because sometimes you can't brace the bolt cutters well.

also: stuff for serious wounds and injuries
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Old 18-09-2015, 00:31   #6
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

Take a look at the safety requirements for ocean racing posted on the Pacific Cup website. There are lots of good ideas there.

U.S. Sailing Offshore Requirements: Equipment Rules | Safety Rules Comments
Pacific Cup Requirements: https://pacificcup.org/16/equipment-rules
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A knife at hand..
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

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What are your most important pieces of safety equipment? (and be sure to list the ones that we may not have thought of!)
What others said.... but also:

My wife. (I'm old, she's young; She's got brains, I've got none.)

Spare Stay Sail. (Undoubtedly the greatest invention since the mast.)

Extra cordage/lines & a bolt of Sunbrella. ('Cause, you know... make/hoist a sail.)

Sail repair kit. (W/lots of needles.)

Spare parts & tools. And 3M 4000.

Two cans of beer (for "Anchor Down" situation).
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Your best equipment are your eyes and ears.


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A good tool kit and knowledge to use it. Plus a useful array of spare parts and bits & pieces.

Sent from my NEXUS 5 whilst sitting in my armchair tied to the dock.
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A skipper's ability......to say "no"........, no matter how inconvenient for self, crew or boss!

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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

Couple more ideas. 1) Actually practice man overboard retrieval with just two of you on the boat. 2 ) Quote from Director of the local marine safety organization. "The fatalities in the US aren't wearing life jackets. Our fatalities aren't wearing the jackets properly"
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Old 18-09-2015, 09:07   #13
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

We sail a 43' LOA boat...and found conflicting advice on the need for a bell. Is a bell required on a boat our size?
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^^ USCG page 26 http://www.uscgboating.org/images/420.PDF


or rule 33 colregs (http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/navrules/navrules.pdf)

no . . . bell only required for over 20m
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