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Old 08-26-2015, 02:02 PM   #21
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I agree with most of the suggestions, although I'm surprised at the number of people suggesting wallets, cash and credit cards.

Does King Neptune take payments in any currency?

No but the bar does when you finally get your sorry butt back to the beach. Speaking only for myself a double scotch would be in order after having my boat sink.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:04 PM   #22
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Maybe not but everyone that is truly not a SAR resource might have their hand out. 5 minutes after hitting dry land and being escorted out of the rescue facility....you are on your own to a point in many places.


All you might have is the dripping wet clothes on your back without even cab fare.


Now I have seen all sorts of kindness out of rescuers going off duty and local people/businessmen that have put out a lot of free help...but I would never count on it.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #23
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The place where the accident took place in "The Marine Installer's Rant" was right in the ICW, very inland and in sight of land. Note the key thing that saved the day, and at least one life: a real life raft. If you are counting on your dink to substitute, read the article again. If you are counting merely on your PFD, I hope you are in really warm water.
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:38 PM   #24
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I agree with most of the suggestions, although I'm surprised at the number of people suggesting wallets, cash and credit cards.

Does King Neptune take payments in any currency?

Amazingly, this tug (Morton Bouchard) sunk in cape cod canal years ago. Everyone got off, out fine. But the only fatality was.... The Cook. He ran back in for his wallet!
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I agree with most of the suggestions, although I'm surprised at the number of people suggesting wallets, cash and credit cards.

Does King Neptune take payments in any currency?

The bag is assuming you don't meet Davy Jones.

Did you read the article I posted? Having ID and a CC and a bit of cash could make the next few days more comfortable if your boat sunk or burned up.
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This has been a very interesting thread (front to back) for me since I just finished my "survival preparations."

I have a 6 man Coastal Commander (new), a ditch bag with a 406 EPIRB with a new battery, a hand held VHF, portable water maker, first aid kit, food, signaling devices, etc, etc, etc. I'm now writing laminated lists (2) of "Abandoning Ship" procedures which will be prominently posted on the fly bridge and the salon. I sold my dinghy months ago as we don't use it and I don't consider the dinghy to be a life boat. (Besides, it was mounted on the bow and was a bear to launch.)
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Lots of good suggestions in this thread, and as many have said, the contents should be tailored to your cruising area.

I prefer to outfit my own bag. I can tailor it to my needs and make seasonal adjustments to the contents. I like the Seal Line Wide Mouth Waterproof Duffle. SealLine« WideMouthÖ Duffle Bag

Leave a little air in it so it will float.

I want to emphasize correct storage of the ditch bag, everything you need in the bag as opposed to near by and don't rob the bag.

Keep your bag where it is most likely to be within arms reach in an emergency, not tucked away in a locker somewhere. Don't plan on grabbing the hand held VHF or any other goodies on the way out the door. You may not have the time or be thinking clearly enough.

I second the suggestions for a wallet etc. Having been in a pickle and not had any access to money once safely ashore it's not fun. Fortunately someone loaned us a cell phone and local business took credit card #s from family over the phone. Had we been further from home ID would have been important too.

I highly recommend a PLB. Minutes can turn into hours and can turn into days if rescuers can't locate you. Even in well traveled areas. If things go south very quickly you may not have time to get a distress call out.

Cell phones are handy, but they are short range, short battery life and fail when wet.

Extra clothes are a good idea. It can be a long wet cold night even in summer.
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Hmmm. All I have is a PLB, but it's usually not handy-- not in a ditch bag. Obviously I need to put together a ditch bag. How long will a waterproof VHF stay charged up in a ditch bag?

What if you tow your dingy? I would think the chances of getting in it would be much higher that way. I do keep a sharp knife handy to cut lines.
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Hmmm. All I have is a PLB, but it's usually not handy-- not in a ditch bag. Obviously I need to put together a ditch bag. How long will a waterproof VHF stay charged up in a ditch bag?

What if you tow your dingy? I would think the chances of getting in it would be much higher that way. I do keep a sharp knife handy to cut lines.
Clip one of these to the hand of the ditch bag...

Jens Carabiner - Titanium |┬* Kershaw Knives

The handle makes it easy to latch stuff to (line on tender / liferaft) and the hook on the end is a good (very sharp) line cutter. with three small wrenches on the other end.

I also have a multi-tool with saws, wrenches, etc.

Nice to have would be a kershaw axe
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I wish they would put the line cutter edge right near the shaft of axe head...

Now all I have to do is cure arthritis and find a boat

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Put my own ditch bag together. We are never more than ten miles off the east coast.
VHF hand held with lithium battery. Stays charged for more than a year, never leaves the ditch bag.
EPIRB.
Hand held GPS.
Hand held air horn with fresh can of air. Horn is not screwed to the can of air yet.
Whistle.
Waterproof very bright flash light.
In date flares.
In date smoke flares.
Two bottles of water.
First aid kit.
Two sun shade hats.
Bottle of sun screen SPF 50.
Leatherman tool.
Toilet paper in a zip lock bag.
The plan is, if the boat is going, down everything gets thrown in the RIB.
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Sounds like a good ditch bag. I need to copy that.

Is the rib on the PH roof?
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Clip one of these to the hand of the ditch bag...

Jens Carabiner - Titanium |┬* Kershaw Knives

The handle makes it easy to latch stuff to (line on tender / liferaft) and the hook on the end is a good (very sharp) line cutter. with three small wrenches on the other end.

I also have a multi-tool with saws, wrenches, etc.

Nice to have would be a kershaw axe
Tinder |┬* Kershaw Knives

I wish they would put the line cutter edge right near the shaft of axe head...

Now all I have to do is cure arthritis and find a boat

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An axe in a ditch bag!?
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An axe in a ditch bag!?

Won't leave the truck on my snowmobile without one

I bet the Skipper wish he'd packed one for the three hour tour
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I've become a fan of vacuum packing bags. Might be helpful for some of the items in the ditch bag.
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Won't leave the truck on my snowmobile without one

I bet the Skipper wish he'd packed one for the three hour tour
As I said, an axe in a ditch bag!?
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I've become a fan of vacuum packing bags. Might be helpful for some of the items in the ditch bag.
Actually vacuum seal bags work great to keep things dry and organized in a ditch bag. And you can cut them to any size.

As does putting stuff in those clear hard dry boxes.

Both the boxes and the vacuum bags add bouyantcy to the ditch bag.

I also put heavy duty ziploc bags in my ditch bag.
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An axe in a ditch bag!?
I guess you think you'll paddle up to the Ritz Carleton?

If you don't take it with you, don't plan on finding it when you land.
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it's becoming obvious, that depending on the trip...the ditch bag can vary quite a bit.


Also between boater types...as a liveaboard...one ditch bag is for valuables/irreplaceables...the other for survival gear.
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someone earlier mentioned oxycodone as a pain killer just in case...

Unless you have a prescription for the medication, especially opiates, you should not keep a spare supply in your ditch bag, especially if you do border crossings.

If you do have a prescription, save the bottle from the last refill and restock it with a few from the current refill, and put that bottle in your ditch bag. You may also want to keep a copy of the prescription (the page with the medicine from the pharmacy) so you can prove those are yours and are legitimately yours.

This also goes with heart medication and other things which being without can cause significant problems. You may request your doctor issue you a "spare" prescription for them, and then cycle through them before they expire.

Your doctor can also issue a prescription for an antibiotic and other similar medications to be stored in the ditch bag, with instructions for their use. It depends on where you go though.

In some countries, your medication may be readily available (for less than the US prices too). Having a printed copy of the prescriptions is important, if you have a need.
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I guess you think you'll paddle up to the Ritz Carleton?

If you don't take it with you, don't plan on finding it when you land.
In case why not just pack a chain saw and get it over with?

I'll play the odds thanks. And I think I'd save the space and weight that an axe would take up for another EPIRP, more water, energy bars, etc.

The likelyhood of anybody here needing an axe in their ditch bag if they every have to abandon ship is pretty small. Even the folks in Alaska are more likely to burn drift wood they find on a beach then cut down trees.

As to paddling up to a Ritz Carlton goes, where I do most of my boating these days, that's not to far fetched. There is at least a good likelyhood there might be a beach bar near by.
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