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One More Story Where a Ditch Bag Could Have Helped.....

Old 07-12-2013, 08:45 AM
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5 people in a 16' boat a couple miles offshore and they capsize in bad weather.....we see this all too often...
This story had a positive ending...but all too often that is not the case.



Link to story:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-stranded.html

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:51 AM
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I agree....I'm guessing his close proximity to the shore kept him from taking that security measure....I'm guilty of that as well, as I don't normally get too far away from home.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:58 AM
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How about the basics for an open boat. Ditch bag? Flares? Maybe a handheld VHF with DSC? In the bay so you really don't need an epirb. But basic stuff would have gone a long way.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:00 AM
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I don't think he should have had an EPIRB. But a PLB, VHF radio, flare gun, something man!
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An EPIRB or PLB sound like overkill on a skiff, until you realize you can buy one for less than $300! Not a guarantee of safety, but pretty damn close. No excuse for not having at least a VHF on this boat with children aboard. This could've turned out a lot worse...he's a lucky SOB.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:22 AM
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At least a cell phone in a dry bag
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
An EPIRB or PLB sound like overkill on a skiff, until you realize you can buy one for less than $300! Not a guarantee of safety, but pretty damn close. No excuse for not having at least a VHF on this boat with children aboard. This could've turned out a lot worse...he's a lucky SOB.
What EPIRB (not a PLB or SPOT) can you buy for under $300 that CC certified?
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:35 AM
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I bought a floating handheld VHF that I bring with me everytime I get on the boat. Cost about $100 and I can leave it on all day and still have 3/4 battery life. It is mounted on my helm about 6" from the wheel, set on channel 16. My 11 YO daughter does our automated radio checks everytime we go out and we have done a number of emergency distress call drills (not with a live mike, of course). I'd trust her with my life to radio for help if I was incapacitated. I'm also teaching her to drive the boat - doing rather well, though she tells me she is not ready for docking yet.
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Originally Posted by Mars5L View Post
At least a cell phone in a dry bag
Once you're in the drink in bad weather, it would be hard to make a call without killing the phone. I prefer the handheld waterproof VHF.
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Originally Posted by cwhite6 View Post
What EPIRB (not a PLB or SPOT) can you buy for under $300 that CC certified?
Used EPIRB's are available all over for under $300, just check the web. In his skiff, he probably doesn't need an EPIRB, but more likely a SPOT or PLB.

Here's a new PLB for $279. This is what I have, and it works great. Check it 3 or 4 times a year with zero problems.

http://www.basspro.com/ACR-Electroni...duct/10212900/
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Could you swim away from your family clinging to a boat?

Not sure I could
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Could you swim away from your family clinging to a boat?

Not sure I could
depends, are sharks circling the boat or waiting for someone to drift off?
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Could you swim away from your family clinging to a boat?

Not sure I could
Not likely, but until faced with that scenario, it is hard to tell. I think I could do a pretty good job of keeping everyone's spirits up. With a small capsized boat, any chance of flipping it over and getting everyone in the swamped boat? Sure, we might spend the night together, but this was in the CB - sooner or later another boat would have came by.

If anything, I would have sent my teenage son to swim for help. He's on the high school swim team and probably swims 3 or 4 miles a day in practice. His personal record for a 5k open water ocean swim (just over 3 miles) is about an hour 10 minutes - that's without a PFD or resting on a crab bouy.

Sucks for the family, glad it turned out well. Another reason for wearing PFDs. I didn't see any reference to using flares - wonder if they had any.
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
Used EPIRB's are available all over for under $300, just check the web. In his skiff, he probably doesn't need an EPIRB, but more likely a SPOT or PLB.

Here's a new PLB for $279. This is what I have, and it works great. Check it 3 or 4 times a year with zero problems.

http://www.basspro.com/ACR-Electroni...duct/10212900/
I have a PLB. The bad thing with EPIRB is the battery. It cost more than $300 for the replacement. However, if I went offshore alot I would get one.
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Originally Posted by Marlin308 View Post
An EPIRB or PLB sound like overkill on a skiff, until you realize you can buy one for less than $300! Not a guarantee of safety, but pretty damn close. No excuse for not having at least a VHF on this boat with children aboard. This could've turned out a lot worse...he's a lucky SOB.



IF we go to sea in a craft, it's our duty to out passengers to provide for their safety in the event of a problem. The size of the craft isn't relevant.
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