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Top Five Survial Marine Gears

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Way to go, marine! Or shall we say, way to go, mariner. Anyways, marine survival gear is important. There’s a good reason all of these items are called survival gear. In theory, these are the items that could spell the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency. Let’s consider the top five most important marine survival categories.

Marine Survival Gear #1: Life Jackets or Vests

There are the floatation devices that could spell all the difference between an awkward moment (where you fall off the boat by accident) and the very un-cool end of your entire life. Did you know that according to statistics, boat travel is far more dangerous than one driving in a car? Most boating deaths occur because of drowning and 80% of the deceased were not wearing life jackets. Bring life jackets just to be safe, and bring a few others, just in case you need them. It’s much better to be safe and neighborly (as in, hey you, need to borrow a life jacket?) than sorry.

Marine Survival Gear #2: Adequate Sustenance

This means extra food, extra water, medical supplies, medications and even water makers. You can never have enough backup, and if you are staying out for a long while, it may be in your best interest to bring along a water maker, which converts seawater to drinkable water in just a few moments. Remember that you have to care for your crew as well too, so bring along medication for motion sickness, seasickness and any other condition you can think of that your passengers might suddenly be struck with.

Marine Survival Gear #3: Sharp Objects

You may have to use these items for cutting fish or perhaps even cutting wood. Make sure and bring along plenty of sharp objects for survival, including knives, knife sharpeners, razor blades, saws (for wood cutting) and other sharp tools like needle-nose grips.

Marine Survival Gear #4: Lights

In the event of an emergency you want to capture the attention of others from a long distance. At night time this means shining plenty of light. So make plans to bring flares and flashlights. Speaking of light, you might also want to bring along a back-lit GPS system so you can find your way around. The more light you have, the better, provided you buy waterproof materials. However, this will also mean packing extra batteries for back up.

Why Do You Need For Marine Survival Gear?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

It’s good to know that you’re not scared of any Loch Ness Monster, Bermuda Triangle or Moby Dick out there. Still, it’s better to be cautious than just plain stupid. Before you head out, there are some items that you should take with you and hold onto dearly, as these are the items that could easily save your life. This is what you call marine survival gear.

First and foremost you need a life vest. Even if you can swim you want to take one of these vests just in case you have to help somebody else out. Some vests can actually store items in the pockets, so not only are they safe to wear, but they also might be convenient for storage. You should also bring along a survival case, and hopefully one that can float in the water and that is waterproof.

That are some other items that you may need for marine survival gear? You can carry along signal mirrors, a fire starter kit, or well-protected matches. An emergency whistle might be necessary to get someone’s attention, whether that of your own crew or to another vessel. It’s always a good idea to bring sharp objects alone in case you need to cut your way to safety or alter the shape of an object. Knives are a good starting point but you might also want to bring a saw for more focused wood cutting. You should also bring a knife sharpener and a few razor blades. Don’t underestimate the importance of basic tools like screw drivers, needle nose pliers and hammers.

Other items of importance for marine survival gear may include a poncho to protect you from water and rain and also a change of clothes. Some mariners recommend taking along a hat with a neck flap as well as sunscreen and UV-protected sun glasses. Remember that anything you bring onboard, even sunscreen, should be waterproof or at the very least, weather resistant. Other frequently mentioned items for marine survival gear include lip balm (to protect you from all that salty air) as well as insect repellent.

There’s no question that it gets cold out at night on the ocean or river, so bring along warm clothing (that’s still waterproof) as well as an extra blanket. If you intend to write then you might want to bring a waterproof notebook. In case you’re wondering, yes, there are waterproof computers and waterproof supplies. You don’t have to live without modern technology aboard a boat-you just have buy a quality brand that offers full protection against the elements. Other electronic items you could consider for marine survival gear might include marine stereos, marine radars and marine GPS systems.

The more electronic devices you have the more batteries and battery backups you will need. After all, once you run out of batteries your time is up…and if that means your GPS system is out then you are lost at sea! Also remember to bring a couple of flashlights so you can find your way around at night.