Life Cell Solves Your On­board Safety Plan

Passage Maker - - Gear Products - BY BRIAN K. LIND

Prepa­ra­tion and train­ing are the keys to suc­cess in any emer­gency, es­pe­cially aboard your boat. Even when you are on a nearshore trip, it can take res­cuers a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time to lo­cate and reach you. You need to have an easy-to-ex­e­cute safety plan for ev­ery­one aboard.

If there is a fire or the ves­sel is tak­ing on wa­ter, would you have time to man­age your pas­sen­gers and col­lect all the things you need to ex­e­cute your safety plan—in­clud­ing PFDs, a spare VHF, flares, first aid kit, EPIRB, air horn, and a flash­light?

When I first saw Life Cell’s Ma­rine Safety Cases I im­me­di­ately thought, “This is some­thing ev­ery boater needs.” Th­ese wa­ter­tight, highly buoy­ant, and im­pactre­sis­tant gear cases/flota­tion de­vices can be loaded with all of your safety gear, greatly sim­pli­fy­ing your safety plan. Life Cell calls them “the ul­ti­mate ditch cases,” and their de­sign is based on the real-life res­cue ex­pe­ri­ence of Life Cell founder Scott Smiles. He and his three pas­sen­gers were res­cued af­ter their 40-foot power­boat caught fire and sank. Smiles had just enough time to grab the EPIRB, PFDs, and por­ta­ble cooler be­fore jump­ing over­board. The cooler helped them stay afloat un­til help ar­rived, and that’s what in­spired the de­sign of the Life Cell cases.

A stain­less steel mount­ing bracket lets you mount the case to an ex­te­rior rail (a bulk­head mount­ing bracket is also avail­able). In­stalling the case in the pilothouse al­lows you to load up your fully charged VHF, flash­light(s), and any other safety gear that needs in­spec­tion just be­fore de­par­ture. Dur­ing your pre-de­par­ture safety brief­ing, you can show ev­ery­one on board where the case mounts and what it con­tains. Do this ev­ery time you leave the dock and you’ll greatly re­duce the num­ber of steps that need to be taken dur­ing an on­board emer­gency— and greatly in­crease your chances of sur­vival. life­cell­ma­ $260–$420, de­pend­ing on size

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