What’s in your grab bag?

Yachting Monthly - - TECHNICAL - We rec­om­mend you in­clude at least the fol­low­ing con­tents:

Those plan­ning to go off­shore or ocean cruis­ing need to con­sider se­ri­ously the con­tents of their grab bag to take into the lif­er­aft. Re­mem­ber, it re­ally should be kept in a dry cock­pit locker, as near to the lif­er­aft as pos­si­ble and within easy reach – not buried un­der a heap of other gear.

I par­tic­u­larly like the type of lif­er­aft that has a se­cond, smaller can­is­ter for this pur­pose as it is au­to­mat­i­cally de­ployed with the lif­er­aft.

Wher­ever pos­si­ble it’s best to pack elec­tric or elec­tronic items that use stan­dard dry-cell bat­ter­ies so you can then pack a few ex­tras (not pos­si­ble with PLB/EPIRBs). Some recharge­able ra­dios will ac­cept AA cells in an op­tional con­verter pack, for emer­gency use. PLB or EPIRB Wa­ter­proof, hand­held VHF ra­dio LED flare Wa­ter­proof LED torch Hand held GPS with spare bat­ter­ies Sharp knife with sheath Mul­ti­tool with ply­ers Bot­tles of wa­ter Sea­sick­ness tablets

No-one likes car­ry­ing them but they are still ef­fec­tive at at­tract­ing res­cue ser­vices

BE­LOW: Find out what is in your lif­er­aft’s sur­vival pack, and

en­hance where needed

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