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Old 06 January 2004, 04:50   #11
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What sort of back pack are you talking about ?........ I carry two dry bags on board my boat, one large one containes safety gear and spare clothes for me and any crew etc and i have a really small one which is just big enough for my wallet, phone, keys and handheld, this small dry bag gets clipped to the boat some where that i can get to easy and if i had to ditch the boat in the event of something happening i'd grab the small bag before bailing out, in an ideal world i'd carry my handheld on me, have a waterproof pocket for my wallet and keys and carry the phone in an aqua sack around my neck, but i hate having things clipped on or attached to me on a boat so i'll live with the risk.

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Old 06 January 2004, 06:58   #12
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It is only a small day pack that I use it on my motorbike. The reason I use this is I don't like things in the pockets of my Diving drysuit. It only weighs a couple of pound (loaded) & will contain radio & flares only.
This way if I end up overboard I still have the kit that I need to be rescued with me! This will only occur when Ribbing SOLO.

I do not 'as yet' have a lifejacket (only bought the Rib 4 weeks ago) but will probably get a preserver type than a jacket first anyway.

Before everyone says 'you must get a life jacket'
on most occasions I will be Diving!! & so will be in my Dive Kit (either as surface support or below)


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Old 06 January 2004, 07:44   #13
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The batteries on Icom go flat very quickly so dont turn it on.
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Old 06 January 2004, 07:50   #14
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I also dont like having things shoved in pockets, hanging around my neck or clipped to me but instead carry them in a dry bag, however i'd not like the idea of a flare discharging its self in a bag flapping around on my back, could imagine it would leave a nasty hole.

Divers traditionally hate wearing life jackets or bouyancy aids when on boat and i dont expect that will ever change, everyone here will tell you to do this and that but only you will know what works for you, so you have to look at all the advise and find your own way with this one i expect.

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Old 06 January 2004, 08:16   #15
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Icom's go flat

Greetings Lester

"The batteries on Icom go flat very quickly so dont turn it on "

What model are you using?
All of mine last all day as long as I don't go into motormouth mode
It could be that the cells are shot or there is a fault on the radio
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Old 06 January 2004, 12:46   #16
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I've got the ICOM IC-M3Euro.

http://www.harwoods-yacht-chandlers.co.uk/radio_vhs.htm

This will be turned off!

Batteries will be charged the night before I go out on the water & a spare set of Duracells will stay in the console with the tool kit & First Aid kit.

The only time it will be turned on will be before I get the boat in the water (then turned off), testing purposes, or an emergency!
Hopefully that means it won't get used!

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Old 07 January 2004, 04:18   #17
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I understand the view of keeping a spare battery pack charged for emergencies, but you are missing out on a lot of safety information by having it switched off.
The coasties reguarly give out weather and other safety information and the port opperations channels lets you in on shipping movements.
The biggest item is how will you know if there is an emergency nearby if your radio is off?
I can't remember if it was good practice to have a listerning watch on ch16 or a requirement - I'm sure some one will correct me on this.
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