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Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

So I bought this Zhik storm pack, which is a pack that goes around your waist. I thought I could wear it when single-handing, and put in a few essential items in case (god forbid) I fell overboard.

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This is for use in SF Bay.

I already have a small PLB, so that's going in. But what else would you include? A flare or two? Small VHF? Strobe?

Would like to solicit suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

How bout a life raft and a bottleof rumis it water proof? or splash proof?
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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

It is splash proof and water resistant.

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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

Thanks, there is a whistle in the life jacket already. Good idea though.

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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

Won't do you a lot of good in the water, but once ashore, you might find a space blanket handy. It will help conserve body heat and doesn't take up much space
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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

Mark,

a whistle and a strobe should probably be on your life jacket. But, a spare strobe wouldn't hurt.
a mini-air horn maybe ? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002JBJNDI/ref=asc_df_B002JBJNDI2460036?smid=A1SV1BYDTUK2Z5&tag=nextagusmp0381491-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B002JBJNDI
A knife or leatherman tool

a dye marker? Sea Dye Marker could make you easier to spot

Just a few quick thoughts.

Edit: perhaps a signal mirror and sure, a waterproof handheld in a watertight bag if you want.

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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

Waterproof, floating, handheld VHF with GPS and DSC. I don't have one yet, but it's on my short list as they are getting less expensive.

http://www.defender.com/category.jsp...693&id=2028963

I tried to paste the sailnet link but it would not let me?????? Anyway, price seems the same on Sailnet...

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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

You could put one of those emergency water ration pouches in there. They aren't that big but it could hold you over until you are found.
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Re: Essential items to go in (small) emergency pack

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So I bought this Zhik storm pack, which is a pack that goes around your waist. I thought I could wear it when single-handing, and put in a few essential items in case (god forbid) I fell overboard.

Zhik

This is for use in SF Bay.

I already have a small PLB, so that's going in. But what else would you include? A flare or two? Small VHF? Strobe?

Would like to solicit suggestions. Thanks in advance!
I'm not a cold water sailor so keep that in mind when reading my comments please. If I understand correctly, SF Bay is about 50 degrees which gives one about an hour before hypothermia sets in. I would invest in a harness and tether and not get OFF the boat I was on until I had to do so to float above it while it sinks below me. If I had to leave something that was dry and floating I would be broadcasting like crazy my position to everyone within VHF range. Once in the water I think a floating waterproof VHF with GPS would be the most important thing one could have to direct a speedy rescue. If I thought the odds of ending up in the water were better than getting struck by lightening, I'd stay ashore and I love to sail!
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