In the Complete Cruiser, the Pardeys evaluated solar
stills, including those meant
for military use.
To my mind, nothing beats a hard dink with a sailing rig. In most cases, if a 406Mhz EPIRB
is carried, rescue
should be a matter of days. Even in the Pacific, sailing distances to land falls are at most 3 weeks down wind
, assuming you founder just west of the Galapagos
For this duration, it is sensible to put two jerry cans of water
into the dink ( 40 liters, 20 days supply for one man), together with the EPIRB
, Handheld VHF
, Handheld GPS
, stop watch, tables, plotting sheets
, almanac, weems plotter and pencils.
You will want MREs to cover the 20 days too.
Also, fishing gear
, sandals, hat, sunscreen, etc.
If this sounds like organizing an expedition, it is.
Your alternative is flotation bags sufficient to keep the ship afloat.
I opted for 5 water
tight bulkheads. In the event, I never encountered angry whales, and the closest whale encounter was off the east coast
of South Africa
Nor, did I encounter an awash container. There are not too many of these in the tropical Pacific for the simple reason they generally wash off in gales, ie in high latitudes.
Since most of you will, if lucky, make it from Florida
to the Bahamas
before giving up, most of this is irrelevant, and a distraction from making the ship seaworthy
Your first task is to make your ship seaworthy
. So download the "Am I Ready Checklist" and set to. You will find completing that task sufficiently daunting, I assure you.