Okay, so we've established I am a lunatic. Let's channel this crazy energy to good use.
Consider you are the victim of a perfect storm of titantic proportions along with a dozen other boats. Most of whom are fishing
boats or other commercial
vessels with the fate of many families shoreside dependent their rescue
Of greater significance is the fact that you are the furthest removed of all the vessels in distress
. Unfortunately, your own vessel founders and you find yourself adrift in your life raft.
Fortunately, when you push the button on your ACRONYM, the light flashes green, and a signal is sent to a satellite
and from there to the appropriate command and a response is triggered and a second ACRONYM is dispatched to find the first.
Unfortunately, because of the vagaries of the storm, the burden of so many vessels in need of assistance, and your extreme distance from available assets, the second ACRONYM isn't able to locate you and render assistance before the battery
dies on the first.
When they do finally come looking for you, it is starting from a last known position and they are left guessing as to possible drift from whatever time elapses after the transmission
Now remember, they're not a 100% without transmission
, but we've promised "they" will get us with a week. What are you going to do to give yourself options for staying alive until the ACRONYM comes and pucks you from the sea?
As has been suggested the life raft itself is subject to failure and you need to keep it afloat until the rescue
Is there room in your bag for a foam plug
and some zip-ties? What's that cost? Fifteen bucks? Might come in handy to help stop your boat from sinking in the first place.
And when salvation finally does arrive might it be worth your effort to have maximized your available resources for being located?
You already presumably have some signals included in the life raft and hopefully you were able to recover the ones from the boat, but wouldn't it be nice to have a couple extra smokes and that $100 water
proof laser that is good for 72 hours on a single
set of batteries in your bag as a back-up?
Maybe it's not such a bad idea to have your resources spilt up and not all in one basket?
I wonder if the laser pointer wouldn't be handy to have on board anyway as a means of identifying flotsam, debris, or other points of interest to other crew members day to day.
As in "can't you see it? It's there over there!" with a vague hand pointing and no real tangible exchange of information as to where specifically something is located.
Since your trying to optimize your changes of getting rescued, what if you include in you bag a compact pair of binoculars to help with identifying potential ANCRONYMs in your area so that your subsequent signals produce the best possible results?
Seems like a spare set of binoculars tucked away in a bail-out-bad could be of potential use to anybody going on a voyage of any distance. How about a couple pairs of extra sunglasses to ensure you are alert and attentive in your watch-keeping throughout the day?
Really, is that too match to be considered? Is that so unworthy the effort?