Re: Ditch bag
I don't know what commonly accepted principles are with regards to that, but we put our ditch bag at the foot of our companionway when we were underway. Plus, we had well over $2k worth of gear in it (EPIRB, survival radio, GPS, lots of SOLAS stuff) so having two would have been cost prohibitive for us. We also had a "survival pack" in our liferaft, with most items from there duplicated in the ditch bag. I don't know where I would have staged a second ditch bag on the boat anyway that would have made it both reachable and given us an easy egress. Maybe catamarans or larger vessels change the rules.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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