Originally Posted by MedSailor
Some wisdom I heard this weekend, spoken by an old orthopedic surgeon/sailing companion of mine, while sitting on the cold wet rail of a boat at 40deg of heel.
"an imperfect plan executed early, is infinitely better than a perfect plan executed too late."
My boat currently has no ditch bag at all, but on paper, I have drawn up a couple "perfect" ditch bags. If my boat sinks tomorrow, I will really have wished that I had the "bag of bottled water and granola bars" at the ready while I was still getting around to building the "perfect bag".
Ya, and my bag of water and granola is just stuff I was too lazy to unpack and stow. If I'm heading off shore, I put some thought into ditch'n, coastal, not so much. It's another reason I singlehand, less crap to deal with. My personal ditch bag is modest.