Originally Posted by Capt.Bill11
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.
The ax is if you don't carry a handgun in the bag when cruising Alaska.
You hit one of your crew in the leg as the brown bear is charging...gives you a slight advantage...
Seriously...like all survival kits...they come in pocket sized like the Boy Scouts make you devise as a youngster...all the way up to pretty snazzy liferaft packages with full electronic suites....
ANYTHING at some point could be useful...adjust accordingly. I gave up my axe for a hooker in a fur coat....much more versatile in a survival situation...something learned after 4 military survival schools.