Emergency VHF antenna
If you lose yur rig, you lose your masthead VHF antenna too, which means your radio will become useless. You can buy a smaller emergency antenna, but remember to keep it handy for an emergency and not buried somewhere in a locker where you’ll never be able to find it in a panic.
Some boat owners prefer to fit another VHF antenna permanently to their stern rail to use as an AIS antenna, but make sure the plugs are interchangeable (or you have the necessary adapters) so it can be swapped should the mast be lost over the side.
It would be madness to put all we recommend on a small open dayboat, likewise if you’re sailing farther afield you may feel you need more. To cater for all our readership in this short article would be impossible, but at least we’ve given you some ideas about what equipment you could have, and hopefully you’ll never need to use it.
Losing your rig presents you with many challenges. Communication is one