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Old 02-16-2018, 05:35 PM
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So when I bought my first boat I bought 2 orange waterproof hardboxes. Feel like a bug out bag would have been a better idea if Iím having a very hard time finding a good one online, I have only seen a few and the reviews arenít great. Anyone have any suggestions as one of the best ones out there to get?
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:46 PM
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You want a bug out bag so when the world ends your can cruise away on the boat, or a ditch bag so when shit hits the fan and the boat goes down 10 miles off shore you live?

Two different bags.
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ho1ywars View Post
You want a bug out bag so when the world ends your can cruise away on the boat, or a ditch bag so when shit hits the fan and the boat goes down 10 miles off shore you live?

Two different bags.
Well in this instance just in case shit hits the fan 10 miles offshore haha. Already have the other one 😂
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:09 PM
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ACR ditch bag ...several sizes
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gundog61 View Post
ACR ditch bag ...several sizes
Those were the only ones I could find but the reviews arenít great and everyone says they leak within a matter of minutes
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I would just get a waterproof sack and slowly build your own with items you think you'll actually use.

This is what I put together when I got my kayak (before the boat). Now I just throw it on the boat if I'm doing anything precarious haha Might help you with ideas.


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Originally Posted by gundog61 View Post
ACR ditch bag ...several sizes
Way too practical of advice brah.
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Was hoping to have a duffel or something so it could be nice and organized and float if need be.
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Was hoping to have a duffel or something so it could be nice and organized and float if need be.
Uh... ACR ditchbag. Available in several sizes.

Put your crap in ziplock bags if you want (I do anyway mainly to keep stuff organized). On my boat the bags stay just inside the salon door when at sea though.

I know there are some waterproof bags they market to sea kayakers but I do not know if they have flotation.
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Originally Posted by slipkid View Post
Uh... ACR ditchbag. Available in several sizes.
Preferably something that doesnít fill with water within 5 minutes haha
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https://www.skogakust.com/products/d...SABEgK7zvD_BwE

https://www.yeti.com/duffels/panga-7...iABEgJTiPD_BwE

https://www.corsurf.com/products/cor...yABEgLi5_D_BwE

The chics would probably dig the Yeti since it’s about 4-5 times more expensive than the others.
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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...erproof+duffle

That one looks nice
https://www.amazon.com/Leader-Access...erproof+duffle
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I saw these at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show last year...
http://www.lifecellmarine.com/#product-intro
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Very heavy duty and they are supposed to float off their mount if the boat sinks.

I just cant figure out where to put it....
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The lift cells def are nice but way to small room wise. Canít fit a lot of survival gear or food and water in such a small space. By the way for the people who posted the duffels, they are nice but in marine def need eithe the safety orange or safety neon green.
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I donít understand what it is with acr, for a company that deals specifically with survival equipment youíd think there bags would be fully waterproof, there only water resistant. So basically what thatís saying is that the bag with equipment is going to sink within a matter of minutes. Almost pointless if your trying to have the boat float so you can survive.
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Simply use a large ziplock to line the ditch bag, it will not sink. Or use these

Orange is a 1550 and the yellow is IM2200



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https://www.drybags.com/product/surv...ent-bag-small/

This bag is the truth....switched from the standard ACR bag to this 5 years ago and never looked back. Stays on deck nearly full time...will not leak. Inflator hose to keep it floating.

Downside is zero padding, may want to consider this to protect VHF/GPS/EPIRB

https://www.drybags.com/product/chattooga-padded-liner/
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SealLine Dry Bag.


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They may exist but I've never seen one. I thought about this a LOT when the kids were younger. Had plans for that big cooler and a small 2 man inflatable I kept on the boat. What sinks most boats would be the weight of the engines. The hulls and fuel tanks will trap air for a long time if the engines don't tip you vertical. Why not have inflatable bags you deploy under say the swim platforms that keep the boat afloat?

That puts you in a swamped boat which is far safer than leaving the boat. It may even allow the boat to be salvaged.

Outboards weight about 500 pounds each. Seawater is 64 LB/cu ft. Say 10 cu foot expanded would float the engines so there is a size smaller than 10 per engine that would suffice. Doesn't matter how ugly it is as long as it floats. These could be incorporated into engine pods.
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Pelican case. I use the 1550, but many use something smaller. 100% waterproof, floats, strong. Capecodguy on here did a comparison thread.

http://www.pelican.com/us/en/product...standard/1550/
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