By Frances Howorth, Michael Howorth

The aim of this article is to make sure the survival of skipper and group within the occasion in their boat sinking. It positive aspects: suggestion at the necessities to pack into the emergency seize bag for a quick or lengthy cruise, sizzling or chilly weather, coastal or offshore journey; flowcharts to prioritise abandon send method; ideas for survival within the liferaft, brief- and long term - the why, whilst and the way of liferaft survival; and checklists and tables

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Signal card* A waterproof copy of the illustrated table of SOLAS No 2 Lifesaving Signals (see here) should be included in every liferaft. These visual signals are used between shore stations in the UK and ships in distress. Signal mirror* Also known as a heliograph, this is the most basic and probably cheapest all-round signalling device for use on land or sea. Its advantages include: • It is compact and simple to use. • Any shiny object can be used, including a compact disk. • A purpose-made mirror is brighter and easier to aim.

The advantage is obviously that you know the gear will be with your liferaft. The downside is that it will make the raft heavier and you need to be sure that the lightest and weakest crewmember will still be able to launch the raft. Do not pack your primary EPIRB inside the liferaft. Abandoning ship is not the only time you or your crew may need to set off the EPIRB and it would be extremely awkward to have to inflate your liferaft to operate the beacon. But a second EPIRB packed inside the liferaft is an excellent idea.

Seasickness causes the loss of valuable fluids that may be very difficult to replace in a raft, and can lead to serious dehydration. It also makes you more prone to hypothermia and this can eventually kill you. There are many different anti-seasickness preparations available over the counter. Pack ones that work for you and your crew and view any in your liferaft pack as extra. Include prescription anti-emetic drugs in your first aid kit. Enema kit The MCA issue a list of medical supplies that must be carried by various classes of vessels, which is a valuable guide for any yacht planning to make an ocean passage.

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