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Old 12-10-2007
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Do you carry a ditch bag on your boat? If so, what's in it?

Since it's the off-season, I'm putting one together for next spring. Although we're currently only sailing in the coastal areas of the Great Lakes, we think a ditch bag is a good safety precaution.

I have a good idea of what I want to put in our bag, but I thought I'd post this thread to see what ideas others have. Post away!
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Well, the first thing in my grab bag was a copy of "the grab bag book".

Then, there is supposed to be:-
Ships and personal papers>>
Money and credit cards>>
Handheld GPS>>
Handheld VHF>>
Spare batteries>>
Solar battery charger>>
Signaling mirror and whistle>>
Knife and scissors>>
First aid kit>>
Sea sickness tablets>>
Sun screen lotion>>
Water>>
Measuring cup>>
Water maker>>
Tinned food>>
Two tin openers>>
Fishing kit>>
Rope>>
Radar reflector>>
Thermal protection>>
Sponges>>
Sea anchor and line>>
Floating lamps>>
Flares: Red: 6 para, 4 hand, White: 2 para, 4 hand, Smoke: 2>>
Dry suits>>
Ski goggles>>

No idea how those
>> got there, one of those cut and paste thingies.

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I was ok with everything until I got to ski goggles. What the heck are they for?
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Sorry, left the ski-gloves off.

(use of flares at close quarters in a tiny liferaft.)
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If you've ever tried looking around with wind driven by 40 knots of wind... you'd know what the ski goggles are for.
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Aha, I suspected as much but you learn something every day. Thanks.
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