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    Lifeboat Navigation Equipment
    From: Bruce Hamilton
    Date: 2008 Nov 16, 12:06 -0800

    I am addressing this question to Jeremy as he is the only person on the
    list that I know for sure is presently working on a large ship, but feel
    free to pitch in with the contents of your perfect disaster bag for your
    What navigation equipment is carried on the lifeboats these days?  I
    imagine the legal requirements are not much, but I was wondering if
    anything was carried in addition to what was required. Didn't Bligh do
    his famous lifeboat trip with only a compass?
    The last course I took for my ROCMC certificate was all about the
    electronics used these days where the emphasis is all on getting found
    instead of rescuing yourself. Push the red button on the radio and the
    radio sends out your distress call, and position if you have the GPS
    attached unit.If that fails, activate the EPIRB and someone knows where
    you are in something like 20 minutes. All very nice and I hope it works
    all the time.
    I am really out of date as the ships I worked on in my big ship days
    actually still had open wooden life boats with oars and sails.  I used
    to know what was in inflatable rafts, when I took my last MED course but
    I don't recall any navigation equipment being required. I know nothing
    about the contents of  encapsulated life boats that I see coming in the
    harbour here all the time. They are used by the crews to get ashore for
    a bit of liberty when water taxis are not paid for by the ship. They
    seem quite hi tech and even have motors.
    PS. That E-Bay bid on the star fixer jumped like a rocket!
    Bruce Hamilton
    Vancouver, BC
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