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Old 06-07-2004, 12:44 PM
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Ok guys told you all about the 30' Grady White Marlin that my dad and I have on order now and when doing so I got an interesting PM suggesting that I keep the Top Of The Line idea going over to the safety gear as well.

It was suggested that on an Offshore fishing boat you should have a life raft and a set of inflatable life vests as well as a second set of high quality life jackets as well to be worn when the weather was really kicking up. Also a good ditch bag with lots of useful sounding items.

So we have been looking into it and this stuff is not cheap but we are hoping to fully rig the boat for an offshore emergency for 6 people as we figure that on a boat like this we would not be going fishing with more then 6 people and anything with more then 6 people likely would be just a fun jaunt around the bay where life jackets would suffice. Figuring that if any travel where done on the boat it would be less then 6 as well.

So what I am looking for his advice on where to buy GOOD QUALITY product at a decent price and what you all think is good quality product. So if you know links to online dealers or know of low cost stores within driving distance of the Tampa area please let me know.

Also suggestions for what should be on board are welcome as well.

Right now working on 6 person liferaft

a ditch bag



Auto inflating life vests with a secondary set of top quality non-inflating life vests w/Strobes and reflector tape.

Radar reflector


Handheld VHF Radio

First Aid kit


So any suggestions on what more to add or where to buy cheap are welcome.

Right now I am looking at a 6 person viking ($2675) vs a 6 person Switlik ($3650) liferaft in a valise any thoughts? Also looking at Mustang md 3030 auto infl jackets for $149 ech.

EPIRB W/GPS offered in auto or manual for $990 (Auto) or $870 (Manual) what does Auto do that manual does not?

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Old 06-07-2004, 01:24 PM
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Default RE: Safety Gear, Boats on Order now what should we keep on board

I bought most of the above over the winter at http://www.consumersmarine.com/.

Price incentives during boat show season (winter) saved me a bunch. For example, the ACR Globalfix 406 epirb category II was around $790 as I recall and came with a ditch bag and other goodies.

The auto deploy (category I) EPIRB comes in a case with a fusible link that will automatically deploy if the boat sinks to a certain depth. The category II you have to deploy manually. I bought the type II, as I figured short of an explosion, I would have time to deploy manually. With a gas boat, you may elect to go with Cat I

Keep in mind the inflatable lifevests are designed to be worn. This is a stretch with some of my fishing buddies
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I'm not a big fan of auto inflatables even though I wore one for years in the Navy. Unless you are anal and have a tight maintenace schedule, there is a chance of errant inflation due to spray, etc. Also, you have to be careful in an enclosed space with an auto. You don't want the jacket to fire when you are in the process of leaving a flooded cabin. I'd still get the inflatables with some type of lifting harness built in though. As far as life rafts, I got a Zodiac Coastal. Does not have the extended survival items found in the others. I compared the list to the extended survival list and added whatever I thought was useful to the ditch bag. The other reccomendation is to go with the Solas flares in addition to or instead of the standard Orions.
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While I do not have a raft, I would not consider going offshore without a 406mhz registered EPIRB. The new models with GPS are a great choice. Mine is an ACR.
To be useful it must be readily accessible. My riggers build a simple holding bracket out of starboard and mounted it on the bulkhead right next to the cabin door.

Many forget that backup electronics are useless if you have a power failure. I carry a handhelp VHF, GPS, and supply of batteries. You will definately want Type 1 offshore vest for each person. The much cheaper type 2 are really only good for meeting requirements in protected waters. You must have one vest per person. West Marine and Boater's World have hassocks that will fit 6 type 2 or 4 type 1 vests. They may also be placed in the hardtop storage for the Marlin.

Flares, first aid kits, etc may be purchased at Boater's World or West Marine. I believe it costs extra to ship flares so you may want to buy those locally.
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