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Survival raft, suit or yacht saver?
I am in the process of refitting my Cascade 29 and am considering which type of safety gear I'll need. Mostly I'll be day sailing off of the Oregon coast with the hopes of some future trips to the San Juans and maybe an inside passage trip up to Alaska and back (I hope).
I like the idea of the Yacht Saver (bladders inside the boat that can be inflated to keep the boat afloat). This keeps myself and my crew with the boat and all of my supplies rather than abandoning the craft and letting it go to the bottom. My other options are survival suits (more within my budget) and of course, a life raft. My only issue with the life raft is the initial expense and the cost of repacks every so many years.
I am contemplating initially purchasing the survival suits and using them in addition to a small zodiac I plan to keep inflated on the foredeck. I admit almost all of my 23years of sailing has been on the Columbia river and this is my first venture into offshore and coastal cruising so this is relatively new territory for me.
If anyone can share some ideas it would be greatly appreciated as the safety of myself and more importantly my crew are my utmost priority but funds are limited at the present time. A new radar and GPS map are really putting the hurt on the bank account right now.