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Old 29 May 2008, 08:17   #1
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Solas grab bag

Is there a problem with putting stuff like a handheld VHF, GPS, torch etc in the Solas bag? My thoughts are that in the event of it all going pete tong, one bag with everything in will be better than trying to grab everything from all over the boat. The bag we currently have is 'sealed' with a metal tie but you can still get everything in/out without disturbing the seal so it's not particularly effective! Does it matter if the bag isn't 'sealed' in this way?


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Old 29 May 2008, 10:42   #2
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Are you a commercial operation? If not, then I don't think the SOLAS seal means anything to you (assuming it means anything at all.)

SOLAS treaties are intended for international shipping, and have no force of law over recreational craft.

"The present Convention shall apply to ships entitled to fly the flag of States the Governments of which are Contracting Governments."

Not: This is not from a lawyer, just what I understand.


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Old 29 May 2008, 14:46   #3
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I'd agree that having everything in one place is a good idea if you need to leave in a hurry, but for leisure use would prefer a more comercially available bag without the SOLAS seal.

The bed roll type bags with a fold over top and snap catch work very well.
But there are of course plenty of specifically designed Grab bags sold in chandlers made by various companies.

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