Include these items for added safety
Having some basic gear both on the boat and on your person can prevent an inconvenient MOB situation from becoming a life-threatening emergency. I’ve listed some of the items I carry in addition to those required by Coast Guard regulations.
For example, when wearing my inflatable PFD, I attach a small gear pouch (think fanny pack) to its waist strap. That pouch includes several signaling options for both day and night use. My traditional offshore Type1 PFD has two pockets that hold the same gear. This may sound like overkill, but I view it as relatively inexpensive insurance that you hopefully will never need.
MOB GEAR FOR YOUR PERSON
• self-draining pouch
• strobe light
• LED flashlight
• automatic PFD light
• pyrotechnic flares
• floating rescue streamer
• chemical glow sticks
• signal mirror
• manual horn or small air horn
• dye marker
MOB GEAR FOR THE BOAT
• throw ropes
• deployable ladder
• line with knots (aid MOB in reboarding)
• throwable devices with lines, such as Lifesling or a horseshoe buoy
• rescue stick or personal retriever
• automatic MOB floating light or strobe
Frank Kehr is a technical writer for Soundings.
This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.