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......I really wasn't thinking about a ditch bag though, we don't have a raft so if we ditch, were swimming.....
Not strictly speaking safety equipment, but if you're coastal cruising the experience is greatly opened up by anchoring and avoiding marinas.. in which case you should have some sort of tender/dinghy.
Worst case you abandon ship to that, so the 'ditch bag' may be a thought anyhow.. and even swimming you might be able to call for help if there's a handheld VHF in there... It should also hold your ID, Passports, etc so you don't lose those, esp if you're crossing borders.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)