Originally Posted by Jono Garton
Anyone carry flares on their lifekacket?
These day / night signals have a red point flare at one end and orange smoke at the other, both burn for about 20 seconds.
I carry them in these little purpose made flare pockets on my lifejacket.
Thanks for the info. I was about to ask for recommendations of a small signal flare for life jackets.
Originally Posted by codprawn
I also usually have a nice folding knife in my pocket which has a whistle built in along with a fire starting steel. Not much use on a boat with 500L of petrol on board but a great knife!!!
I also keep a firesteel in a lifejacket pocket as well as a plastic waterproof match container inwhich I keep a couple of cotton balls that have been saturated with vaseline. When pulled to a thin mesh, the cotton balls ignite with the slightest spark, and with the petro jelly, burn very hot for several minutes. I thread a loop of dental floss through the cotton balls so they are easy to extract from the container. The firesteel is far more reliable than matches or a butane lighter and is totally unaffected by water immersion. It is also easy to use even when your dexterity has been severely affected by cold. Obviously if you are so far offshore that landfall just isn't going to happen these items would be of little use.
On my lifejacket I also carry a combination whistle-compass-temperature guage, and on my belt I'll have either a leatherman type tool or a folding locking knife.