Laminators are pretty cheap
. I copied the first page of everyone's passport, the boat's documentation
, and a couple pages of handy data (credit card phone
info, etc.), laminated those copies, and put them in the ditch bag. I also laminated some currency and a spare credit card for the ditch bag as well.
I replicated this set of items in another area on the boat in case the original papers and the ditch bag are stolen.
I keep the the originals and other documentation in the nav station desk. I try to make sure it's on top so when the Coast Guard or Customs
boards and asks me to stay in the cockpit
I can point them to all paperwork, along with a diagram of the location of emergency gear
, in the nav desk.
If your important paperwork is in danger
of getting really wet in the cabin
it might be a good idea to be looking for that ditch bag.