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Life Raft Survival (staying warm)
The thought came to me a while ago, that all of the life raft survival stories that I have read (and I think I have read them all) take place in warm waters. Yet I sail in the Pacific Northwest where the waters are very very cold. So why are there no cold water raft-survival stores? Hmmm....
For those who routinely sail in cold water, what abandon ship measures do you (or should you) take against hypothermia?
I for one, make sure to keep my diving wetsuits onboard in case of the need to abandon ship, but I don't keep them ready to go in a ditch bag. I think I feel comforted by being a costal sailor for now, yet I know I can't row my inflatable dink against a wind or current and where I sail if the tide is an ebb or the wind is easterly I could end up on my way to Japan faster than I would like. Me thinks I should be a little better prepared...
I can think of a few things that I ought to be doing but haven't been, like having a ditch bag made up which would include wool long johns. What would y'all reccomend?
I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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