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Old 27-01-2009, 09:29   #1
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Preparing for blue water sailing

We are doing a shake down cruise this summer around the sound. But, we intend to do some serious water sailing">blue water sailing to Europe and round ther for a few years. We have ordered a Winslow 6 man life raft. Any ideas on what we should send them to pack inside of it?
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Old 27-01-2009, 09:32   #2
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Old 27-01-2009, 09:44   #3
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I didn’t realize they would pack your stuff.

They must have some guidelines...type of stuff...maximum volume.....

We have a ditch bag (actually a bucket) that is separate from the raft…that’s where we keep the wasabi paste.
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Solar-stil and/or reverse osmosis hand-pump, drogue, navigation hand-book, cheap plastic sextant, cork and heavy-duty needle and thread, (i personally am packing a waterproof packet with a lighter and some tobacco!), sponge(you can't bail all the water out without one), a few plastic lure's (i'm assuming the raft comes with a basic fishing kit, most do). And extra flares certainly won't hurt.
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And yea, a grab-bag full of slightly less essential items is also something I intend to have ready...
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I would use an emergency grab bag rather than pack in the raft. it will store more and if you are in Timbuktu and really cant get that yearly raft check done you can replace the light batteries etc....
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Thank you

We will have a survival bag set up. But, the life raft is packed with things you may not be able to have especially if there isn't the chance of grabbing the survival bag. Thank you tho, all advice is greatly appreciated
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Most-life rafts offer a standard supply kit, and an 'extra's' kit. The more expensive option may well pay for its-self, though I've seen a couple of survival experts on TV that have issues with the quality of these items... And the point that you may not be in a situation where even grabbing a grab bag is possible should be made i think...
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In my view, the darn things are big and heavy enough as it is, without packing more stuff in them. I store mine in a cockpit locker, and it barely fits the opening. Hauling it out into a wet, slippery cockpit with a lot of boat motion going on would be a chore. A ditch bag is my choice for the extra items.
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Ah, thats not what I had in mind, I'm going for the deck mounted canister option(4 person). As a single-hander I think its my best option.
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Though the cost of that option is forcing me to seriously consider just an Inflatable dingy, grab-bag and EPIRB...
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You have the place to carry your dingy inflated?
If so...is it as stable as a water ballasted life raft...what about exposure to the elements.
I honestly don’t think this is apples for apples.
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The life raft seems the best option for blue water sailing. It offers an overhead cover which protects you from most of the elements. It also has places to pack necessary items. I just can't figure out what is really necessary when I'm afloat in it..what will I need to survive that I can have packed in the pouches before if is closed at the factory.
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You have the place to carry your dingy inflated?
If so...is it as stable as a water ballasted life raft...what about exposure to the elements.
I honestly don’t think this is apples for apples.
The person I read about this stored the raft on deck half-inflated (I'm assuming that a pump and grab bag were perhaps wrapped up inside it), and although I know you can suffer from exposure in tropical climates, where I shall mostly be sailing, the risk is certainly less. But I cannot recommend this with a clear conscience to anyone. And if I do it, it would only be with a view to keeping me alive long enough for someone to locate my EPIRB.
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Great thread - we put a downpayment on a Winslow as well and will be using their offer to pack a few small items in the raft (and yes, we'll also have a grab bag).

The only things I have so far on our list (besides any medicines you might need) are color copies of our passports and possibly heavy duty fishing tackle.

I haven't started to make our list yet and the Winslow comes with a fair amount of incidentals:
• Manual inflation pump
• Repair kit
• Bailer
• Sponges
• Paddles
• Signal mirror
• Flashlight
• Aerial meteor flares (3)
• Red hand flares (3)
• Orange smoke signal
• Survival manual
• Utility knife
• Compass
• Whistle
• Rescue streamer
• Sea dye marker
• Water (16oz per person)
• Food rations (1000 Cal per person)
• Anti sea-sickness tablets (6 per person)
• Sun block
• First aid kit
• Fishing kit
• Drinking cup
• Water storage bag
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