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Most Important Safety Equipment

Through my years of sailing I've needed a lot of safety equipment that I never thought I'd need.
What are your most important pieces of safety equipment? (and be sure to list the ones that we may not have thought of!)

1. cork for through-hull
2. Backup GPS/Chartplotter (Navionics on my iPad and iPhone)
3. Manual bilge pump
4. 3 extra powered bilge pumps
5. Fire extinguisher
6. Portable Nav light (bow light)

And of course the usual things like life jackets, life raft, EPIRB.
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Bucket and roll of paracord
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Three rolls of compression tape, a manual bilge pump in addition to my two electric bilge pumps, a quality handheld VHF, and a cool head.

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Carry plenty of commonsense whilst on board!
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Carry plenty of commonsense whilst on board!
Too bad that crap ain't more common.

Compression tape is like duck tape a million and one uses.
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A very secure dry warm place to sleep.
A pillow.

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A serious first kit along with the training required to use it.

A good ditch bag.

Clothing appropriate to where you are going. Hypothermia will get you and you will not even know it is happening. We are looking at immersion suits for our trip to Labrador next summer. The liferaft is not much use if the water and air are very cool.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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My knife.
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Re: Most Important Safety Equipment

Knowledge and experience. It's best to have, but avoid needing, safety equipment.

Otherwise (excluding those already mentioned by others):
- A reliable engine, spares and tools
- Two anchors of suitable sizes
- Handheld VHF (with GPS)
- ColRegs book (night passages)
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A bucket of common sense and a packet of ' Don't Panic'.
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