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Old 07 November 2002, 17:52   #1
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Minimum required equipment...

Jumping a bit ahead of myself here as I won't be getting my SIB sorted out till Christmas at the earliest, but figured I may as well find out what other equipment I'd NEED before using it. So, what do people reckon I'd need to carry onboard a SIB? (I've already got a handheld GPS)

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Yes Matt, that's why you haven't got a SIB!

Right: Life jacket and HH VHF Radio for a start. Some Mars bars in a Tupperware box.

As for flares, well........ The problem is the ruddy flares are likely to drop all sorts of hot stuff on the boat and puncture it! Not what you want to do if you are in trouble on a SIB.

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You don't NEED anything!!

- but you may wish to take a few odds and ends, depending on where you're going. Safety says a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. But on rivers I often don't even bother with one - as I'm a strong swimmer, and the likelehood of entering the water unconscious is very unlikely on a SIB (Unlike Chris Evans's mate - a sobering thought).

You've almost no storage space at all, so a rucksack (tied to something fixed) will have to take most of your kit. Food, waterproofs and fleece are top of the list. But if I take my SIB out into the oggin, I take a drybox (also tied down) packed with flares, compass, and mobile 'phone. I wear MANUAL air lifejacket and VHF.

The one item I always take is an extra kill-cord.

So, DON'T BUY ANYTHING - as you don't NEED it, but you DO need a SIB!

(Oh, there is one thing you need - a lanyard for that GPS - you don't want to lose it over the side, do you?)

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(What sort of GPS did you get?)
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Bah, well it's not like I'd be using the SIB till after christmas anyway. Besides, the GPS isn't only for boat use, it's for mountain biking too (although all it's done so far is guide me back home from Kwik Save).

Life jacket I've already got sorted, as I can simply partially inflate my (well my uncle's, tis mine until I can get my own kit) trusty old Buddy Commando and use that. Already got a tupperware box, so all that leaves is handheld VHF! I take it for that, I need some sort of training and/or license?

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Rich,
Just got the basic Garmin eTrex model. Wasn't too fussed about having the mapping features of the higher spec (and price) models, as I'd rarely use it anyway. All I needed was the ability to have routes made up of multiple waypoints, be able to record a route onto the GPS whilst moving (useful for recording new bike routes you discover), and be able to transfer routes from PC to GPS. As the basic eTrex does this, and is pretty cheap, I decided to go for it. Now all I need is the data cable, but at >£30, the Garmin one is a bit pricey, so I think a DIY effort is in order...

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VHF... for that, I need some sort of training and/or license?
To be legal, you need a Ship's Radio License (about a tenner or so) to own one (including emergency only use) and an operator's license to transmit anything that's not an emergency/mayday call.
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I would disagree with Pepper in that taking nothing ( IMO ) is not the best idea. I consider myself a strong swimmer ( have been known to swim around Portland Bill ) but would never go out to sea or even a river without ( in no particular order )

1) Life Jacket
2) Anchor
3) Red flag for getting attention ( can be rolled up for SIB use)

Given the river aspect of SIBís a handheld VHF may be OTT but going to sea I would say it is essential. Even a mobile phone is better than nothing.

If everything goes well then all you will ever need is your factor 2 sunscreen but thatís not the way things work.

I have rescued loads of people over the years who have assumed that things donít happen to them.

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What about a foot-pump.....air is what you need
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I agree with Mark. When one goes out in the water (sea or river or lake) one should always be prepared for the worst case senario that may arrise.
ONE CAN NEVER KNOW WHEN GOOD LUCK RUNS OUT!!
I am trying not to be patronising here but I hope that you know that VHF and GPS should be waterproof.
Nevertheless it depends what you want to do and what short of sea experience you have. I would say if it was me I get a small (3 kg) anchor+5 mtr chain at least is a must, rope/s, flares, 1st aid kit (a liitle bag for about £5), 2 life jackets (1, +1 spare), mobile phone in WP bag, water (you need it even if is cold), and a small floating anchor (if you're out at sea), waterproofs, some mars bars, torch, hand held compass, and a whisle.
I would recomend that you get some short of training 1st and try to get an ICC. Also get a Radio Operators Licence and pay (I think is £20-£30/year) for the Licence.
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taking nothing...
Mark, I wouldn't take "nothing" to sea, but have found that very little equipment is needed in a slow runing river.

Yes, anchor worth mentioning (little folding grappel type ones + a little bit of chain OK for SIBS - look for 2nd hand ones, save a few quid). And of course some appropriate lengths of rope for bow, stern and anchor (bargain reel ends great for SIBs).

I have a particular reasoning for not weaing a life jacket on the river - I believe that entry from SIB to river is more likely to be deliberate than accidental, so you will need agility rather than buoyancy. Also, on the Thames, tourists have a habit of falling into locks. Usually the lock-keeper uses a long hook to pull them out, (yes, like a shepherd like dipping a sheep!) but I've contemplated jumping in to assist on more than one occasion.
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