boat survival kit

Discussion in 'Boat Safety' started by cj7, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    Along with a first aid kit I'm putting together a survival preparedness kit for when Murphy (the guy who wrote the law:crazy: ) decides to go fishing with me. I'm gonna start with matches , a light poncho ,extra knife and things that would make a night on the river more safe. I would like to hear any suggestions ya'll have. What do you keep in the boat for the unexpected. Thanks Chris
     
  2. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Good idea Chris,
    A few of the things I have in the boat are:
    First aid kit
    Back packing propane stove (very small)
    Matches and a couple of disposable lighters
    A couple of tin mugs and stuff to make a hot drink
    A few energy bars and some chocolate
    Spare socks (vacuum packed) and clothes
    Small but well thought out tool kit
    Spare prop
    Bailing wire and some of those huge tyraps the HVAC use
    Extra flashlight, spare (vacuum packed) batteries and some light sticks
    Side arm.
    Most of this fits into a space about the size of a shoe box.

    Let's hope we never have to use it all...W
     

  3. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    that sounds like a good kit winston. I think a MRE would do well also. Has anyone been caught out like that tell us about it what did you need out there.
     
  4. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I have almost the same on my boat. I have a pontoon so I have extra storage space so I added a 2 person tent and a tarp.
     
  5. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    All you need is some fire starting material, a knife, fork, tin plate, a healthy fishing partner, club, and a book on human anatomy. :crazy: :wink: :smile2:
     
  6. dominoman

    dominoman New Member

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    I am blessed to have storage room on my main boat, so I probably carry more than I need. With a daughter, son-in-law and son that are EMS personnel, they helped with the first aid kit. Beside the things that have already been mentioned, I found some blanket throws at Wally world some time back. They rolled up small enough to be put in a vacuum seal bags to stay dry. A quart zip lock bag will hold a full roll of toilet paper and keep it dry, it may not be survival, but it don't hurt. Most of all, I have a dry bag that has a full change of clothes, I've been stuck on an island on the coast years ago, swore I'd never be without dry clothes again. My thoughts are for who's in my boat first, but there's so many times you run across someone who's stuck, shivering, cold, hungry, wet out in the middle of nowhere. What you carry with you might make the difference for them.
     
  7. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    Dry bag also, w/

    sleeping bag and small mat
    rain gear
    socks
    jacket
    sweats

    tools(very few)
    trash bag(ponco/tarp)
    lots a rope
    .375

    that's just the emergency stuff, usually got at least one extra pole, cat net etc....
     
  8. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    I work with a guy who put in on the red river at 259 with the intention of going down to the bridge on highway 8 .I don't know how far that is but it took him two days to do it and he thought he would only be a few hours. Bowie county ended up looking for him. He was Ok but its good to be prepared
     
  9. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    What about a good flare gun?
     
  10. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    James,
    That , or orange smoke bombs should be part of the boat safety kit.
    In addition to the "personal" kit I mentioned above I also carry:
    Flares.
    Spotlight.
    Marine radio with weather warning.
    Extra life jackets.
    Extra throw cushions.

    It's a wonder there's room for me and the fishing gear...W
     
  11. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I think some people will skip this post on a boat survival kit thinking I
    don't need that I am not fishing in Alaska. MY wife and I were fishing
    8 miles below a hydro dam when I blowed my motor. The best motor
    I ever owned and it ran great right up to the time it blowed. So there
    we were 8 mi. from the truck with a strong current paddling or trolling
    motor were useless in the current. After about 2 hrs. I flaged a bass
    fisherman down, at first he didn't have time but his conscience must
    have got to him because he came back and I paid him to tow us to
    the launch. If he had not come along we were looking to beach the
    boat and spend the night and wait for one of my sons to come looking
    for us. I always tell someone where I am going and when I plan to
    return when I go fishing or hunting. You do not have to be in the
    wilderness to get in a bad way. Now we have cell phones but I
    do not always get a signal in the places I fish.
     
  12. dominoman

    dominoman New Member

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    I guess that's the one thing I don't have in the kit, will be shortly.
     
  13. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    I got all the above:smile2: & it has saved my life & another as well..couple years ago on Kerr...I will add this a "sterno" that is vacum sealed...we were able to get to the bank ( in 34* water after a massive 6ft wave filled us up) hypothermia was set in my buddie was turning blue...i cut the vacum sealed sterno along with my vacum sealed wind-proof lighter lit the sterno & started piling dead wood and leaves on top of it..instant bon-fire....Lake - patrol said it saved our lives...I will say all the above items everyone listed are good but they wont do ya any good if they are wet...and most boat emergencies involve lots of water!!:eek:oooh: Vacum seal the critical items!!!
     
  14. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    Sam I'm glad ya'll were ok I will definitly add that to my kit.
     
  15. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    NM brown you are right about taking this seriously. It just makes sense to have all your bases covered. A friend of mine had a new boat and motor that left him stranded for a while on the red river down here. You could also use your kit to stay out there longer:tounge_out: If you really get into some hungry cats. Just be sure to resupply for your next trip:cool2:
     
  16. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Some good ideas here guys. I'm gonna finally get around to setting up something that STAYS in my boat.
     
  17. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    I'm going to get one of those army ponchos to keep in the boat. I'll let ya'll know how they do