Ditch Bag

For the first time in a long time, we are headed back offshore. The under-maintenance of the ICW we encountered in 2009 convinced us we will be jumping from port to port for at least some of this trip south. And then, there is the crossing to the Bahamas, and eventually farther down island.

In the unwelcome and unpleasant event of having the boat sink from under us before we step up into the liferaft, it’s a good idea to have more than one’s skivvies and the nearest flashlight. Below is the list of stuff we’ve accumulated, so far, for our “Ditch Bag.” It is a work in progress so some things may be added.

Viking 4 Person Rescue You [SOLAS]
ISO I-E Equipment Packed In Raft

  • Bailer
  • Bellows/pump
  • Buoyant safety knife
  • Drinking cup
  • Drinking water SOLAS
  • First Aid Kit SOLAS
  • Fishing Kit SOLAS
  • Flashlight Extra batteries & bulb SOLAS
  • Hand Flares  SOLAS
  • Instructions for survival
  • Leak stoppers
  • Paddles
  • Parachute Rockets SOLAS
  • Repair kit
  • Rescue quoit & line
  • Safety tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Sea anchor with line
  • Seasickness pills
  • Signal Mirror SOLAS
  • Sponge
  • Table of life-saving signals
  • Water bags
  • Whistle

Ditch Bag

  • 5-Gallon Water Jugs 2/3 Full
  • Binoculars
  • Brimmed Hats
  • Cable Ties
  • Cell Phones (Sat Phone when time comes)
  • Cellphone, GPS Solar Charger
  • Charging Cables for Cells, Satphone, HHVHF and GPS
  • Clam Seal Clamps
  • Collapsible Water Jug
  • Cutting Board
  • Cyalumes
  • Daily Meds (Prescript and OTC)
  • Discovery Multitool
  • Duct Tape
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing Kit
  • Flare Pistol (Have) w/12-Gauge Red Meteor Flares
  • Flash Lights – Ditch Bag Exclusive (and Batteries)
  • Floating Knife
  • GPS
  • Handheld Compass
  • Harnesses
  • Hemostat
  • Hose Clamps
  • International Orange Signal Panel
  • Laminated Chart
  • Laser Flare
  • Leatherman Multitool
  • Life Jackets (Not inflatables) With Personal Marker Lights
  • Lithium Batteries for SPOT
  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Orange Floating Smoke
  • Parafoil Kite
  • Pencils
  • PLB
  • Radar Reflector
  • Rain Catcher
  • Rations
  • Red Handheld Flares
  • Red Parachute Rockets
  • Safety Can/Bottle Opener
  • Sea Dye Markers
  • Ship’s Log
  • Signal Horn
  • Signal Mirror
  • Space Blankets
  • Sponges
  • SPOT Tracker
  • Sunglasses and Reading Glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels, Microfiber
  • Travel Wallet w/Passports USCG Doc & Insurance Docs & ID & Credit Cards
  • U.S.$xx
  • VHF Handheld
  • Warm Clothes/Shoes
  • Waterproof Fire Starter
  • Waterproof notebook
  • Waxed Twine w/Needles
  • Weems Plotter
  • Work Gloves for both

And we’ll probably toss in the Scrabble™ and a couple of crossword books.

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