Originally Posted by Iamdbat
an appropriate anchor (Grapnel in sand is probably the wrong investment)
Anything else is gonna be a pain in a SIB this size. You have the advantage of beaching easily if you need to, and you can go very shallow (like shallow enough to get out and stand on the anchor the bed it in well!
Is it worth it? Orange smoke maybe (there is no normal reason to see lots of smoke, and even less for it to be orange). Plus a full size tub one lasts 3 minutes. For others - Imagine it from the shore - you catch sight of a red light at sea level... is it a nav light? You look back a minute later and its gone. Why would you dial 999? Or if its a parachute, you realise its a flare. You dial 999. while you are waiting for the BT operator to fisnish asking which service, talk over you/pass your phone number to CG the 40second burn finishes. First thing CG does is issue a Pan Pan / Mayday Relay and asks all shipping in the area for information on a flare being seen, and then they wait. You should be sending up a second which will be seen by the ship. You don't have a second... CG may decide its a false alarm with good intent because there is nothing seen...
But tub orange (3mins) is quite big for small craft, handheld orange is 60seconds. Red may not be that visible in day light. Whats the likelihood of being out in your SIB at night? Personal Day & Night might be an answer but burn time is short (20seconds). They are also waterproof...
If you want red flares would you be better with a cartridge system like: Pains Wessex Mini Flare COMPACT Kit
ini-flare-compact-kit.htm or Pains Wessex Mini Flare Kit
but only 6 second burn times.
Other use of a flare will be to tell a helo or ALB/ILB which boat you are that needs help. At night a strobing torch will probably do the job and by day something like a big orange piece of spinakker cloth...
fire blanket + extinguisher,
Fire blanket sounds good (even has other uses). Wondering how easy it is to deploy - they are designed to wall mount. And do they cool quick enough or while the smoldering mess just let the transom fall out and loose the back of a boat which then has very little structure. Can't think I've ever seen any remains of a SIB fire...
Small one of these: http://www.plasticboxshop.co.uk/ekmp...trug-269-p.jpg
Doubles as a bailer.
Rope for all sorts of things (springs, towing, mooring etc)
VHF (Give me a VHF before the flares).