In the final instalment of our 'How To' series we cover the essentials that should be in your grab bag if disaster strikes
In a worst-case scenario where the only option left is to abandon ship, you need to ensure you have everything you reasonably need to alert the rescue services and survive so a grab bag is essential.
Grab bag contents are a very personal thing and will depend greatly on your cruising area and distance. What’s necessary for a crew of two a mile offshore in Scotland might be quite different to the requirements of a team of eight 50 miles offshore and heading for the Balearics.
Location is everything – the best-equipped grab bag in the world is useless if you have to abandon ship without it.
Brightly coloured and easily found, it should be capacious enough that you’re not compromised in what to fit inside it. It should be completely waterproof and as a result, buoyant.
So, here are a few of the main items you might want to consider packing in your own grab bag…
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