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Have a watch on board looking for sharks. I did a delivery through gulf of mexico and one day with no wind we swam off the boat and when we got out there were 3 makos swimming about 10 feet down in circles. Even a small bite that far off shore could be a major problem.
I would also pick up one of the new very compact e-pirbs. They go for around $300. Check west marine, in the 2011 catalog they have some new look to be great units that are cheap and some of the SPOT units can send e-mail and your location to who you desire- good part of a float plan.
I would also consider getting an inflatible dingy. I bought one from West Marine for $300 and it holds for people (and more could hold onto outside if needed). This could be used in liew of an expensive (and costly to keep certified) real life raft. I realize the dingy does not come anywhere near the performance of a real life raft but it is much better than floating in the water with only a life jacket. The dingy can be stored inside easily and rapidly inflated with the supplied foot pump. Also use it for a dingy (comes with oars) if needed.
Prepare as best as you can realizing that what will go wrong is somthing you did not think about. Be flexible and remain cool and in control of the situation under all conditions. Stress, fatigue, and fear is when mistakes are made.
Last edited by casey1999; 04-28-2011 at 07:04 PM.