Key Items for Your Boating Ditch Bag

Building a properly stocked ditch bag can increase your chances of survival.

Most experienced boaters have heard the stories of boating disasters — vessels capsizing, sinking suddenly or catching fire far from help and the reach of other boaters. These misadventures usually share a few things in common — the crews began the day without a care in the world and things — sometimes several things — went wrong quickly. And at that moment when you realize this really is happening to you, there is no amount you wouldn’t pay for the proper safety gear — particularly if you don’t have it.

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