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    Re: lifeboat navigation
    From: Jim Dullea
    Date: 2002 Oct 23, 14:50 -0400

    Romanticism aside....406 EPIRB with GPS interface if offshore.
    
    My feeling is that the ditch bag is limited in size and abandoning ship
    is often a time critical evolution putting "lifeboat" navigational gear
    pretty far down the priority list.  There was a long discussion last
    year on the Island Packet list (at sailnet.com) regarding what if any
    value a battery handheld GPS had in the ditch bag.
    
    My perception is that the ability to survive until rescued takes
    precedence over some concept that you can self rescue by sailing to the
    nearest land.  This means getting word out you are in trouble, items to
    enhance being found, followed by items to maximize the time you remain
    alive have priority.
    
    Jim Dullea
    Tech Marine Business, Inc
    
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Cliff
    Sojourner
    Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 2:08 PM
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: lifeboat navigation
    
    David Weilacher wrote:
    
    > Read a book called "Survive the Savage Sea".  It is a story of a
    family
    > whose sailboat was attacked by whales.  The boat sank within 2
    minutes.
    > They took to a liferaft and dinghy.  It doesn't go into the details of
    > navigation nearly as deeply as I would have liked but the man's
    navigation
    > skills and understanding of his environment were obviously prolific.
    
    I have Dougal Robertson's book right here.  one of the things he says,
    and
    Steven Callahan said in his book "Adrift", and nearly all my other
    survival
    books say, is that you can't navigate when you can't sail.
    
    Robertson's dinghy was too small to carry the family, and the lifeboat
    just
    wouldn't move.  indeed if he were able to sail then he could have beam
    reached back to Galapagos.  if you can make 2 knots you can get
    somewhere,
    it will just take a while.  if you are making 0 knots then you are
    really
    just drifting with ocean currents at what, 10, 20 miles a day?
    
    this is not to denigrate the psychological advantages of navigation in
    the
    life boat.  it gives you something to do, and may give some reassurance
    and
    feeling of control over the situation.  dunno for sure, never been
    there!
    
    so I guess this begs the question, what navigational items are
    appropriate
    to pack in the ditch bag?
    
    
    Cliff
    
    
    

       
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