It’s something you hope to never need. Yet, it’s smart not to head out on the water without one. Ditch bags, also called a go-bag or bail-bag, and what’s packed inside can spell the difference between life or death if you need to abandon vessel and wait for help to arrive. With this importance underscored, and because of the need for a ditch bag to be small and light enough to hoist and carry, what should you put in it? How should the contents vary by the type of boating you do? Where should you stow a ditch bag for easy access? We asked these three questions to a trio of boating safety professionals for their expert advice.
“Pack as much as practical. Pack more than you need. Redundancy is good,” says Ted Sensenbrenner, assistant director of boating safety programs for the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. “The kit should include things to SIGNAL for help (EPIRB and PLB, flares, meteors, and smoke, mirror, light signals, distress light, laser flare, strobing distress light and dye markers). The kit should include things to COMMUNICATE to rescuers/would be rescuers (handheld VHF, tracking and texting devices aka Satellite Emergency Notification Device (SENDs), satellite phone, cell phone). The kit should include SURVIVAL items (this list can be extremely lengthy and personal, but survival items should include the following; food and water, medical supplies, fishing gear and rain water collection/water purifier, prescription meds/eyeglasses (if needed), documentation like passports, ID and ship’s papers, navigation equipment like a chart, handheld GPS, compass.
Some people pack really comprehensive ditch bags and some only pack the essentials, says Brian Kinsella Sr, national yachting sales manager for the Americas for Viking Life-Saving Equipment, Inc., based in Miami, Florida. “A knife, radar reflector, sunscreen, lip balm, garden gloves for flare handling and space blankets or TPAs (thermal protective aids), are items I usually recommend.”
The essential point is that a ditch bag should be personalized to suit individual needs. This can mean buying each item separately and assembling a bag from scratch. Or, buying a ready-made ditch bag, scanning the inventory included and adding additional items to customize as desired. This tailoring should also be based on whether boating trips are predominantly inshore or offshore.
If operating inshore expendable items or your one-and-done items like food, water, flares should be increased based on your cruising,” explains Timothy Hazen, the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida-based Southeast, Gulf Coast, & Caribbean Regional Sales Manager for the Survitec Group Ltd. “For example, inshore you may carry 3 extra flares, if offshore you should consider 6. In recreational boating the USCG does a great job at outlining what we should carry. We as the boaters need to take these requirements as minimums and not items to simply pass an inspection. If the USCG requires 3 or an item there is no harm in carrying 6, there is no such thing as being “too safe” at 2 am, in 12’ seas off shore and no visibility.”
Furuno Multi-Touch Combo Machines With Built in TruEcho CHIRP Fish Finder Are Rich In Features, Unrivaled In Value
Furuno has a well-earned reputation for building the most durable and feature-rich commercial marine electronics in the industry. It’s no surprise that their new Combo units, the GP1871F and GP1971F, have taken on the sleek look-and-feel, as well as the advanced features of their award-winning NavNet TZtouch2 MFD’s.
Camas, WA, May 14, 2018 – Furuno has a well-earned reputation for building the most durable and feature-rich commercial marine electronics in the industry, and for applying those technological breakthroughs to their recreational product line. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that their new Combo units, the GP1871F and GP1971F, have taken on the sleek look-and-feel, as well as the advanced features of their award-winning NavNet TZtouch2 MFD’s.
The GP1871F and GP1971F Chart Plotters utilize full-featured C-Map 4D charts. C-Map 4D empowers you with plenty of useful data that you can overlay onto rich vector and raster charts, such as relief vectors, bathymetric layers, satellite photos, tidal streams and marine plans, significantly boosting situational awareness. Creating routes and waypoints is as simple as touch-and-go, and since the series integrates with Furuno’s NavPilot Autopilot series, navigating to your destination has never been easier. Plus you can let the Chart Plotter plan your course with its EasyRouting feature. When connected to an AIS receiver, you can see valuable AIS data on the display. C-Weather, which provides downloadable wind, wave, weather, humidity and temperature information, is another standard feature.
These Combo units also include a built-in single-band TruEcho CHIRP, as well as a conventional Fish Finder, transmitting at 300W, 600W or 1kW. Simply tell the unit which transducer you are using and it will select the appropriate Fish Finder. The TruEcho CHIRP transmits across a spectrum of frequencies, delivering an incredible amount of detail, clearly marking individual game fish and bait fish. The conventional Fish Finder includes RezBoost data processing for an ultra-crisp, high-resolution picture. Other features include ACCU-FISH fish size assessment, and the highly useful Bottom Discrimination function to help you find the most productive fishing grounds.
Radar can be overlayed onto the GP1871F and GP1971F Chart Plotter display via wireless connection to the Furuno DRS4W 1st Watch Wireless Radar. The DRS4W’s wireless configuration makes it a breeze to add the compact 19″ Radar dome to any vessel. The DRS4W can also display the Radar presentation on a connected smart phone or tablet, offering a major upgrade in safety and versatility.
With their generous 7″ and 9″ wide-aspect presentation, the all-glass, multi touch displays give you access to every feature via convenient and intuitive slide-out menus. Slide your finger down from the top of the display to select Quick Pages, including your favorite custom display modes. Slide in from the left to view customized Data Boxes. Slide up from the bottom to quickly adjust your layer settings. Finally, slide your finger in from the right to instantly access the menu functions you use the most. Everything in the menu is intuitive and contextual, so the content relates to the current display mode. You can even tap or double tab the display with two fingers to capture a screen shot or perform other customized functions!
This new generation of MFD-like Combo units from Furuno allows captains of any size vessel to take advantage of Furuno’s recent innovations, such as their Multi Touch technology, 3D Chart Plotting, TruEcho CHIRP Fish Finding, AIS, and 1st Watch Wireless Radar, all at a price that promises not to break the bank. To make this introduction even sweeter, for a limitied time, C-MAP is offering a $100 Instant Rebate on a 4D Wide chart of your choice, with the purchase of a GP1871F or GP1971F.
Help Avoid Running into Trouble on the Water
- Easy-to-use, reliable communication transmits your vessel information to other AIS receivers in your area while receiving AIS target data
- 5 watts of transmit power with Class B/SO provides faster positioning reporting than ever before¹
- Built-in GPS with connector for optional external antenna
- NMEA 2000® connectivity for easy integration with compatible chartplotters and multifunction displays
- Internal VHF antenna splitter allows VHF and AIS to share a single antenna
Increase your situational awareness and confidence on the water with the Garmin AIS 800 transceiver. It has 5 watts of transmit power and provides faster position reporting than ever before¹. It transmits your vessel information to other AIS receivers in your area while it receives their AIS target data. Garmin AIS 800 has an internal VHF antenna splitter, which allows the VHF and AIS to share a single antenna. It includes a built-in GPS (with connector for optional external antenna) and integrates seamlessly into the Garmin onboard system. The transceiver features NMEA 2000/0183 connectivity for easy integration with compatible chartplotters and multifunction displays. And it’s all packed into an easy-to-install black box unit with a small footprint.
¹When cruising above 14 knots
Quantum 2 with doppler target identification technology is Raymarine’s most advanced solid-state marine radar
Raymarine’s most advanced solid-state marine radar has been recognised at Italy’s Seatec Exhibition for its aesthetic design, innovative features and light weight
Raymarine’s new Quantum® 2 radar with doppler target identification technology, has been awarded the 2018 QualiTec Design Award, held during the Sea Technology and Design (Seatec) Exhibition, Italy’s only design and technology trade show for the yacht and shipbuilding industry.
Developed to integrate with Raymarine’s award winning Axiom® multifunction displays, Quantum 2 enhances boater’s situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.
The QualiTec Awards are held annually during the Seatec Exhibition, in Carrara, Italy. Their main purpose is to recognize prominent new products launched at the trade event that demonstrate innovative product design whilst enhancing life on board.
This year’s esteemed jury acknowledged an impressive list of stand-out features of Raymarine’s Quantum 2 radar, which resulted in the Raymarine Italia team being presented with the QualiTec Design Award:
An excellent evolution of Raymarine’s Quantum 1 radar
– Enhanced graphics
– Aesthetic design
– Lighter weight
– Excellent short-range identification of targets.
– Fast tracking and visualization of the imminent dangers
– New doppler function distinguishes potentially dangerous targets in heavily trafficked areas
– Easy identification of potentially dangerous targets in red and safe targets in green enhances safety and operator of the surrounding vessel traffic.
– As a long-standing exhibitor at Seatec, Raymarine Italia were delighted at receiving the prestigious accolade.
Launched at Miami International Boat Show in February 2018, Quantum 2 is now available worldwide through Raymarine’s authorized network of dealers and retailers starting at $1,949.99 USD/ € 2,045.00 EUR/ £1,870.83 GBP. For more details about the Quantum 2, visit: Raymarine.com/quantum2
MC²X SERIES STABILIZERS
Quick SpA launches the MC2 Series X gyro stabilizers, at the London Boat Show. The MC2X series is the result of careful research, aimed at achieving highly competitive performances.
The Quick® research and development laboratories have revolutionized the MC2 series’ concept of operation, by introducing technical solutions capable of guaranteeing greater safety, more comfort and much higher performances.
The MC2X series stabilizers are compact and functional.
- High performance
- Complete protection
- Smart, compact design
- High installation flexibility
- Dynamic precession control
- Precession lock function from remote panel.
- Equipped with Quick® electric motors.
- Low noise emission.
- Thermal protection.
MC2X Touch Remote Control
MC2X stabilizers can be managed using the new remote touch panel with graphic display (multi-station compatible) available in sizes 4” and 5”.
MC2 Mobile App
MC2 Mobile App records the performance of the stabilizers during sea trials.