November 22, 2019

Friday Funny 11-22/19 (What's In? But Wait!)

This is missing the word Samuel Jackson is known for saying. 

There were some other images that were funnier, but I try to keep this blog mostly family friendly.

We aren't asked what's in our wallet, that's kind of rude, but cruisers are often asked, "what's in your ditch bag".

Here's one of ours, yes, we have three ditch bags, I'll show just one today. This was an exercise I should have already done, but I had actually never gone through the bag, item by item before. I knew that if Bill packed it, that it would be filled with all kinds of good safety items, so I was complacent.

ACR Rapiditch

This bag has floatation built into it, and will float about 25pounds of equipment. I was taking photos on the bed, and I had pushed back the cover, since the pattern is too busy for pictures, and I tried no to disturb the sleeping Gus in the background.  😁

The first EBIRB is in an outside pouch. [This is in addition to an EPIRB mounted in the boat, and 3 PLBs; 1 in a pouch on each of our PFDs, and one vacuum packed in the liferaft...]

An emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) is a type of emergency locator beacon, a portable battery powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate airplanes, vessels, and persons in distress and in need of immediate rescue. In the event of an emergency, such as the ship sinking or an airplane crash, the transmitter is activated and begins transmitting a continuous radio signal which is used by search and rescue teams to quickly locate the emergency and render aid. The signal is detected by satellites operated by an international consortium of rescue services, COSPAS-SARSAT. The basic purpose of this system is to help rescuers find survivors within the so-called "golden day"[1] (the first 24 hours following a traumatic event) during which the majority of survivors can usually be saved. The feature distinguishing modern EPIRBs, often called GPIRBs, from other types of emergency beacon is that it contains a GPS receiver and broadcasts its position, usually accurate within 100 meters, to facilitate location.

The underside of the lid has a mesh pouch, contents:

Hard to see here, but that black snake is a heavy duty bungee style SUP leash, connected to the bag so we can attach it to our person, or whatever, so that the bag doesn't float away in an emergency situation...

Some boat emergency items: a soft bung to plug a leak; some goop to stop a leak [in case you can quell a leak before actually evacuating...] and a silicone measuring cup [which can be used as a bailer, drinking cup, pee and/or vomit receptical, etc...]

In these two black plastic containers contain rolls of biodegradable wag bags for waste- kitty or otherwise.....

A floating SOS signal light [USCG approved in leu of pyrotechnic flares...] 

Field First Aid Kit [in it's own heavy duty waterproof bag] and 100 feet of nylon line

GPS and VHF radio; each in a waterproof Pelican case, and they both use the same AA Lithium batteries [20 year shelf life, no leaking, and work well in cold temperatures...]

Two stainless steel knives: one is a pocket knife similar to a Swiss Army kniff, and the other is a sailor's knife, with a few different options. [We also have knives attached to our PFDs...]

Daytime Emergency Signal Flag, which can only be seen in the daylight, no fancy stuff involved. [One is included with the SOS Emergency light, above...]

Aerial flares, smoke signals, dye packs, and a Greatland Laser rescue laser signal light [Many more pyrotechnic signals in two waterproof ammo cans- inclusing SOLAS parachute flares...]

Cliff bars for easy nutrition [and a few pouches of cat food too...] and lots of line for whatever.

Life raft/dinghy repair kit [supplementing what is already vacuum packed in with the liferaft...]

A ziplock of various sized ziplocks.

Tide Tables [replaced annually]

Two headnets, well, you know, mosquitoes, and other flying annoyances. Two vacuum packed survival, heat retention suits. [Being warm is good...]

Burried in the bottom is a small, portable solar panel kit for recharging batteries, phones, etc.

Everything is tied to the bag, so that if you open the top zipper, things can't fall out, and float away. 

Yes, there are many other things that people put in their ditch bags, but wait.... there's more! I did say we have a couple more ditch bags, but you'll have to wait for future installments to see what they contain...

How many of you remember this original, "BUT wait there's MORE" ad?   Hahahaha, you'll be showing your age if you do!

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