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Old 07-08-2011, 03:55   #1
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The Most Important Item

What, to you, is the most important piece of safety equipment on your boat?

The one that gives you the greatest peace of mind.

Only one!
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:23   #3
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the Anchor
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:10   #4
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I agree with Sailfish. You have to have confidence in your ground tackle. And your anchoring technique. Both are essential to getting a good night's sleep.
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Re: The most important item.

This may not be a common answer but I'd put proper maintenance as the foremost safety consideration for any boat. If you don't have that, it's just a question of time until you need all the secondary things like a PFD, EPIRB, etc.
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Trained, Experienced, Sober, Drug Tested Crew.

Most of the time the Captain and I are the only ones who know how to sail. The rest of the crew are free and paid their own way to the boat.
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Anchor and rode, ect. Like Brakes on a car!
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The internet.
Before I go somewhere I can better research where and how.

On long passages the internet doesn't work, of course, but the folks with sat phones can still download weather. And off-line I can still use the saved wealth of the net.
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Hull integrity. All the bits that keep the water on the outside of the hull. Several people said anchors? Anchors are only useful on about 0.01% of the earth's surface. Hull integrity is useful on 71% or more. And usually when anchors are useful one could simply swim ashore. What good is an anchor when one is in deep water? Not needed if you're not floating.
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Liferaft,or EPIRB.The canadian sailor just rescued in the southern ocean proves that.
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I agree with Pelagic. Training leads to good sense and the judgement needed to assess all the rest.

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A well funded ATM card. Without it you won't get far enough to worry about the other things.
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A well funded ATM card. Without it you won't get far enough to worry about the other things.
unless your a $500 a month crusier!
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Common sense.
With it, anything floating has a good chance to make a journey.
Without it,
Any superyacht is in peril.
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