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Old 18 April 2009, 19:35   #31
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Is such a bag not known as a 'ditch bag'?
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Old 19 April 2009, 04:21   #32
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Flotation suit c/w BFO knife, LED divers torch, VHF + fist mic at neck), Phone in (YES!) a freezer bag. There's always a Marasnickers in there anyway. McMurdo Fastfind 210 to be added ASAP, now that they cost 250. All this in case the boat and I part ways. The rest of the crap is in the flare box. On this note - anyone got any thoughts on the 210's? They look like a novelty item but I suspect otherwise....
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Old 19 April 2009, 04:38   #33
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We went shopping the otherday for some new waterski kit and this company do a rather well priced Grab Bag in yellow and red.




http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/dr...d-bags-uk.html
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Old 19 April 2009, 09:23   #34
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FYI I've just posted a ACR Rapid ditch Bag for sale in bits and pieces

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Given that MOST of you go boating in the solent, do you really need all that.

Given that the Solent is busier than the M25 at rush hour
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Old 19 April 2009, 12:01   #36
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Given that MOST of you go boating in the solent, do you really need all that.

Given that the Solent is busier than the M25 at rush hour
Isn't that a reason to carry more gear in case you get run down like the Yacht Ouzo.
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Given that MOST of you go boating in the solent, do you really need all that.

Given that the Solent is busier than the M25 at rush hour
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Isn't that a reason to carry more gear in case you get run down like the Yacht Ouzo.
Oh yer, silly me. I forgot how "offshore" the solent is
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It was only ten miles off the IOW, if they are more boats about surely your more likely to have an accident as someone could hit you or am I missing something?
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Lets use our common sence here gents.

Yes the Solent can be hazerdous, it can get foggy, blow up a hoolie and not be a very nice place. Throw into the mix a failed engine or something and people can lose lives like any other coastal area. The Solent can be a very lonely place even if it is considered to be busy most times. At least you're within easy contact with the services.

But 2 litres of water rations, EPIRBs, liferafts etc etc aren't really needed in day to day cruising around these areas, but if you want to carry these items that's fine.

Doing some cross Channel cruising, I would suggest safety in numbers as the biggest safety factor for the rare trip. However if you do this regularly by yourself then EPIRBs etc would be a wise choice IMHO .

It's really all about risk assesment. You can never have enough gear on board.
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