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Old 02-17-2018, 06:08 AM
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I actually started my ditch kit with 2 pelican lookalike cases in safety orange but I feel like they have to much weight for one but I liked the duffel bag idea because when you have one that has a lot of pouches you can keep things organized unlike every case/bag Iíve seen where you just throw everything in. Those dry bags.com ones look good but no organization whatsoever and there 160$??? Holy s**t haha.
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:27 PM
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My ditch bag is just a red duffle bag. All the stuff in it is either waterproof or in a waterproof package. There is at least one life jacket in the bag so it'll float.

If you have to ditch and the weather is even a little rough, the inside of the bag is likely to get wet when you try to get something out of it anyway, so having a "dry" bag is kind of a waste IMO.
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Old 02-17-2018, 08:32 PM
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I use a Seal line dry bag. Totally waterproof. Ditched the ACR bags and never looked back.
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Old 02-18-2018, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
My ditch bag is just a red duffle bag. All the stuff in it is either waterproof or in a waterproof package. There is at least one life jacket in the bag so it'll float.

If you have to ditch and the weather is even a little rough, the inside of the bag is likely to get wet when you try to get something out of it anyway, so having a "dry" bag is kind of a waste IMO.
Lol. Like the only time a dich bag gets wet is if you bail out. I keep mine on the deck every crossing and it and its contents would be crap if not waterproof
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Old 02-18-2018, 05:49 AM
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If you open that red duffel itíll sink immediately haha. Hope you donít ever need to use it because your going to need some prayers if your depending on that!

I found another company last night, drybags.com (watershed dry bags), they look pretty good. Biggest downfall I see on every one I find is that none of them have anyway of organizing your survival essentials, if Iím floating in the rough ocean I donít want to be digging through a bag full of crap all thrown in together looking for something important.
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:20 AM
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Going to sound silly but if I dont have a life raft on board I like those river inner tube inflatables and a manual or water proof electric pump with some rope in a bag. Once the first one is inflated I would get in it and inflate the others then tie them together. Out of the water and much easier to spot.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisbtr View Post
Going to sound silly but if I dont have a life raft on board I like those river inner tube inflatables and a manual or water proof electric pump with some rope in a bag. Once the first one is inflated I would get in it and inflate the others then tie them together. Out of the water and much easier to spot.
Love it haha. I was thinking about something similar. Getting a small 2 man raft or something like that. Just enough to get a few people in plus my ditch bag. Not many people have room for a 3000$ life raft or can afford it.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:12 PM
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Do you think I should do 2 separate bug out bags? One with food and water and the other with all the survival stuff. I have ALOT of survival gear Iíve prepped. Donít want to overweight one bag.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:55 AM
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I called acr and asked them what the deal was with there ďditch bagĒ not being waterproof. Donít get that. Still waiting on calls back from drytec and watershed.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:27 AM
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ACR bag floats, is bright yellow and has reflective tape on it. About 85 bucks at west marine I think. Great bag with plenty of compartments. Everyone knows where it is and to grab it when shit hits the fan.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:40 AM
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Everything in my ACR ditch bag is waterproof or in zip locks. It floats, which is most important. Don't really need it to be waterproof. The fact that it is easy to get into makes it more likely that you will keep an eye on the contents. Also have a life raft.

All the talk about inflatable tubes, etc. is funny. Most likely scenarios that would cause you to end up in the water:

1. striking underwater object, you are going down in a minute. Hope to get a mayday or DSC distress call off in that minute.
2. fire. you may try to fight it at first, taking time away from prepping for going in the water. Get a distress call off. Who has time to inflate an inner tube?
3. collision. people are injured, perhaps thrown overboard. Finding/rescuing/first aid take time away from prep to abandon ship.
4. major water leak--through hull, strainer, shaft seal, fails. More time to prep, but you'll be trying to stop the leak.

Under any of these scenarios, you will be so busy you won't have time to do anything but get off a distress call, and deal with the accident.

Life raft probably the highest probability of survival if you have to abandon ship. In cold water, it's possibly your only chance. And you can go hypothermic in water as warm as 75-80 degrees, depending on duration.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by mjshaw130 View Post
Do you think I should do 2 separate bug out bags? One with food and water and the other with all the survival stuff. I have ALOT of survival gear Iíve prepped. Donít want to overweight one bag.
You should just sell your boat! You have a 24 ft Four Winnís that your going to use in Long Island Sound. Your not going out across the Atlantic ocean. Why do you need a life raft, survival gear and food and water. You are just to paranoid. Forget the ditch bag, forget the life raft, get a PLB and VHF with gps. Stop over thinking this and go out and enjoy your boat.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:58 AM
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Allow me to preface my input by saying any boaters thoughts on safety are valuable and appreciated by others in the boating community.

But from another perspective, the style and type of ditch bag is less important the having one and what is inside the bag. Further, if you are truly concerned about the possibility of a sinking then rather than focusing on a "Ditch Bag" this author suggests you focus on an appropriate life raft for your boating environment.

Whether you are on the Great Lakes or the Open Ocean your probability of survival is inversely proportional to your time in the water. The style of box or bag carrying your survival goods is of little importance to survival probability assuming the following.

1. You possess a means of contacting rescue ie., VHF, EPIRB, PLB, flares, rockets signal mirror, etc.
2. Your bag or box contains the above items.
3 The design of bag or box will float and will not sink. Think a waterproof bag or box is an anchor once filled with water, if it does not have inherent flotation.
4. The bag or box stays with you so it should possess a tethering line so it will not float away.

Otherwise the bag or box is simply a container to hold safety items to be employed while the vessel is afloat.

Start by honestly evaluating your boating environment:

1. How far from land are you?
2. How far (time and distance) are you from rescue assets?
EPIRB and PLB may be a 45 - 90 delay before satellite or other receivers even pick-up your signal and then response delay. USCG aircraft accepted launch time from time of alert to actual launch is 30 minutes and then travel time and search.
3. What are the threats to your survival: ie. Great Lakes - water temperature while southern US - wildlife predators or dehydration.

In short, it is more important to have items to allow survival than the design of the container. Keep up the thought process, but don't over think the design of the container.

Safe Boating!

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Old 02-20-2018, 01:40 PM
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You want a roll top duffel. Fill with supplies of your choice. Something like these.

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/grund...K&recordNum=48

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/seatt...E&recordNum=19

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/surf-...7?recordNum=39

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/gill-...9?recordNum=41
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:13 PM
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]Lol. Like the only time a dich bag gets wet is if you bail out. I keep mine on the deck every crossing and it and its contents would be crap if not waterproof

I keep mine in the cabin, it never gets wet
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:19 PM
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My goal is to just be prepared, I always overthink but I would rather be fully prepared than not be and slowly die in the cold New England waters. Only reason I am being picky with my bag choice is because I want something that will stay afloat once opened and can keep my survival equipment as dry as possible. Plus if its sealed tight its another thing to float on. Just trying to be prepared thats all. I know it is only long island sound but it can still get rough, the water is cold year round, and ocean is something that should always be respected. The four winns is not the boat I will have for long, once I sell this project center console I am working on I will be working my way into another center console to go much further than the sound/race! I appreciate everyones advice and comments!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:41 PM
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So just wanted to throw in what I ended up going with. I bought a DryTec D38. I tested it out in my bathtub once I got it and it is a roll top, so I left it open and it stored 45lbs of weight before it began to sink, then I rolled the top closed and it stored 65lbs if weight before it began to sink, taking on no water, 100% waterproof. Honestly the most impressed I could have been and it comes in safety orange. They also have a hard shell on the inside so the bag keeps its shape. Very very impressed.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:00 PM
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where did you buy from and price? thanks
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:17 PM
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I don't expect the stuff in my ditch bag to stay dry.....it just want to float, so I've tied a boat bumper to it. I put my ACR, Spot, handheld gps, handheld VHF radio and a few Gatoraides in it.....at the least.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:41 PM
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where did you buy from and price? thanks
TwistedThrottle.com is the supplier for DryTec bags. $145. Not bad considering what some other bags cost. Like I said I had 65lbs of metal weights in it and it was only half sunk. Very impressed.
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