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Old 03-17-2006, 12:22 PM
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If that is your boat in your picture I not sure you need a life raft. Even the small 4 man jobs weigh around 80 pounds I believe and 18" by 18 " space they take up would not be worth it. Though you can buy what they call coastal survival rafts for around the price you mentioned I'm not sure if they are certified or safe. Survival rafts believe me are very confusing shopping item. 1) They must be re certified every two years some every year at a cost of about 800 dollars. 2) Let's say if you get swamped in sport fishing boat from the stern you will go down very fast. If your boat is equipted with good floatation and you are in rough seas you roll very fast and chances are you will loose the raft. Unless the raft is in a hard case it most likely will sink then automatically deploy and drift away before you know what happened. That has happen to too many people who have had to use them. We are in the process of buying a 6 man life raft and they are very expensive, I bet i have put in fifty hours trying to figure out which one is best for us. But all I read about them and the few folks who have had to use them have found they are very hard to deploy in bad weather and on boats of 38 feet or more. Those who do get them open usually have hit a container or whale in nice weather.

Out your way I think you might be best to make sure when it gets nasty out to layer up your clothing put your life jackets on and start heading in. Survival suits are great out here in the Northwest or up off the Grand Banks. I wear one when I sail alone in winter plus a safety harness. Even at that if I fall over the side the harness will just keep me pinned to the side of the boat and I'm toast anyway. Guess it's just a good feeling and you hope you can find away back up on deck. Hopefully I have the self steering pointed somewhere towards land at the time I go over. At 15 miles off shore you are still very coastal and to enact your PLB sounds wise to me. Maybe a good eperb would be best. They run for about 800 dollars are small you keep it in your survival bag and they have been the greatest safty device invented in the last 20 years.
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:34 PM
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My understanding of the EPIRB vs. PLB is that the EPIRB has about 48 hrs of battery life vs. 24 for the PLB. I figure if I am in the drink for more than 24 hours I am probably toast. Plus the PLB is small enough to be worn on my belt while alone so if I go overboard unexpectedly it is with me and my auto-inflating SOSpenders. I looked for a auto PLB but my understanding is one doesn't exist and I can see why given the cost of false alarm coast guard calls. Thanks for all your input here. As a relative novice it is nice to have a voice of experience to bang these concepts off of.

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Old 03-17-2006, 12:50 PM
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The PLB is a good choice now that they are 406MHz. You are right about the required 24 hour battery life. That should be enough time for the Coast Guard finds you before those Tuna you have been hooking find out the situation you are in and start the slow nibble of your body parts for sweet revenge.

We will have both eperb and a PLB for whoever is on watch at night. Safety gear now is at about 20K of hard earned money and God willing I will never have to use one dollar of it.
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:01 PM
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Exclamation Careful with the epi pens

Epi pens can be very useful for what they are made to treat, severe allergic reactions. Epinephrine is a very powerful stimulant causing bronchial dilation, vascular constriction, increased heart rate and blood pressure. DO NOT give it to someone having the signs and symptoms of a heart attack; it will make it worse. Signs of a severe allergic reaction include hives, swelling the upper airway, wheezing, a high heart rate, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and skin color changing from pink to pale to blue. Read the package insert and get operating instructions from your doctor.

As far as CPR classes go your local ambulance corp. or fire dept. should be able to point you in the direction of a class in your area.
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:29 PM
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Thanks worstcaster,

I'm glad I'm not the doctor in the family for the sake of all on board. Guess I'd better do my CPR and advanced first aid again.
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