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Blair
05-16-2006, 11:19 AM
got the new boat this year and i was just wondering what i should carry on the boat for "saftey" gear, i know fire extinguisher, oars etc

but what do all you guys have on your boats for gear, (looking for a recomended kit i guess)

i did a quick search but didnt find anything... thanks in advance

Blair

east tx skier
05-16-2006, 11:35 AM
Blair, I think someone added a list in the FAQ.

bcampbe7
05-16-2006, 11:36 AM
got the new boat this year and i was just wondering what i should carry on the boat for "saftey" gear, i know fire extinguisher, oars etc

but what do all you guys have on your boats for gear, (looking for a recomended kit i guess)

i did a quick search but didnt find anything... thanks in advance

Blair


Buy a first aid kit or make your own and put what you want in it.
Whistle or air horn
Weather radio

Edit:
Or what Doug said... :o

rodltg2
05-16-2006, 11:42 AM
jumper cables are must for me..

RobertT
05-16-2006, 11:44 AM
Basics:

Typical first aid kit, but tweak it for on water use. You are not going to close any wounds on the boat that are not superficial, so I limit the amount of wound closure strips etc that I keep on the boat. Also, I take out about half of the typical band-aids, as they will simply fall off when wet.

I add a few "waterproof" bandages, and add about ten yards of duct tape. Duct tape is your best friend in an emergency. Wilderness First Aid/Medics will always forgo just about anything in their kit for duct tape. Along with a few gauze pads, it makes the only band-aid worth putting on in a marine setting.

That will take care of the simple little things, assuming you buy a decent kit. I put the kit into a Pelican case to keep it perfectly dry.

Now you have to look at the bad stuff, what is likely and what you need to deal with it.

1. Deep lacerations (as in a wakeboard hitting somebody in the head, or somebody getting sliced open by a prop). For that, A bottle of water to start (just keep a bottle of drinking water under the seat along with the kit), then the best thing to use is a few tampons and your duct tape. I keep three tampons in my kit, they are perfect for wound packing. Sounds crazy, but trust me they work great for it.

2. Nasal spray. If you have a seriously bad cut that simply will not stop bleeding and you are more than a few minutes from help, you can soak a tampon with nasal spray and stuff the wound. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately.

3. They are prescription, but I also always keep an Epi-Pen in my kit. The likelihood of somebody going into anaphylactic shock on a boat is high, as bee stings are likely. Ask anyone that has had a sever allergic reaction, you dont have much time. They are easy to come by, just ask around and I bet somebody you know has to keep them around. They replace them after 6 months, but they are usually good to keep for a year or more (until the liquid starts getting cloudy). If you use them without a prescription, you are theoretically opening yourself up to liability but if your kid was on my boat and was dying without it, I can guarantee you that we would make the right decision. Just something to think about.

4. I keep one bag of quick clot, but that's overkill. A lady lost her leg on our lake last year from swimming around a ski boat at night that was running. She almost bled to death, and the hospital parking lot was actually withing 200' of where the accident happened (we have a hospital on the lake here). Having a bag of Quic clot is cheap insurance for me, but again its probably overkill.

5. Most important thing....cell phone and a map of the lake.

6. If you are trained, a CPR shield should always be on the boat. I keep one on the keychain. The little cheap one in a nylon pouch is fine. Just in case.

7. I keep a sam splint in the boat too. Cheap, and multipurpose. I used it last year on my son to splint his arm when he broke it on the water. You can also use it to immobilize their neck in the event of a potential spinal injury. The likelihood of a ankle/leg break is high enough in water sports to warrant keeping it on hand. In my opinion.

That's all I can think of now. This stuff is definitely for the worse case scenario situations, but my passengers and family are worth the effort to prepare for the worse.

east tx skier
05-16-2006, 11:48 AM
Robert, I hope you don't mind, but I've added that list (credited to you) to the FAQ. Excellent first aid kit info!

RobertT
05-16-2006, 12:08 PM
no problem.

A few links....taking the time to read up a little on these will make you more prepared.

http://www.z-medica.com/applications/quikclot_firstresponder.asp

http://www.epipen.com/anaphylaxis_main.aspx

http://www.epipen.com/epipen_main.aspx

http://www.sammedical.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/SamSite.woa/wa/Products/Splint

http://www.med-worldwide.com/product4281.html

http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/

Get the marine medical book.....good stuff in there!

Also, the Adventure Medical kits are the best, in my opinion. I always start with one of their basic kits, good quality stuff. You can get them in most major sporting goods stores.


I hope all of you NEVER need any of this stuff!!!!!

Maristar210
05-16-2006, 12:24 PM
2. Nasal spray. If you have a seriously bad cut that simply will not stop bleeding and you are more than a few minutes from help, you can soak a tampon with nasal spray and stuff the wound. It will stop the bleeding almost immediately.

Robert,

Nasal spray? I'm no MD but what ingredient in Nasal Spray stops bleeding? I'm not questioning, just asking. Great idea I must admit.

Aside from that I'll enjoy going to the Walgreens and purchasing a box of tampons for a new reason. :uglyhamme

Steve ;)

rodltg2
05-16-2006, 12:31 PM
man robert, you are prepared for the worst...

ted shred
05-16-2006, 12:40 PM
I keep a firstaid kit,spare impeller,spare thermostat,tool kit that will fit all fasteners,duct tape,spare drive belts.And since my boat is old,spare fuses.

RobertT
05-16-2006, 01:44 PM
Afrin is the brand I buy, because it works the best. Most of them will have the same active ingredient. Its just a simple vessel constrictor (vasoconstrictor). It doesn't know the difference between what lets snot come out and what lets blood come out. It works though.

RobertT
05-16-2006, 01:53 PM
man robert, you are prepared for the worst...

Well, I guess, but crap happens.

Not so much with boating, but I also rockclimb, skydive, scuba dive, mountain bike, and do a TON of whitewater kayaking.

I have, unfortunately, been involved with 6 rescues this year alone. For three of them, I was the only person available to help. I dont even want to think about what could have happened without preparations (both from an educational perspective and gear). Scary things happen....alot. Maybe I just tend to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I take and lead a fair amount of kids on rock climbing trips/kayaking trips. To me, being prepared was a matter of conscience more than anything else. That mentality tends to overlap into other portions of your life though.

Yea, probably overkill but still......

rodltg2
05-16-2006, 02:03 PM
i dont see it as overkill, it good to prepare. just some of those injuries you mentioned i would have never even thought of. one thig i like to mak sure i have is plenty of water and at least a snack or two just in case you'll be stranded for awhile..

jmyers
05-16-2006, 03:03 PM
Nobody mentioned enough beer in case you get stranded! It is also nice to know you have supplies to help someone else that dosen't have it with them! Case in point I have two fire extinguishers which came in handy when the sheriff was pulling over boats and my buddy forgot his, so I loaned him mine to get by! Better to be prepared! ;)

Leroy
05-16-2006, 03:46 PM
Steve; Walk out of there with your head high and proud!

Robert,

Nasal spray? I'm no MD but what ingredient in Nasal Spray stops bleeding? I'm not questioning, just asking. Great idea I must admit.

Aside from that I'll enjoy going to the Walgreens and purchasing a box of tampons for a new reason. :uglyhamme

Steve ;)

TMCNo1
05-16-2006, 07:51 PM
Slimmies, for the occasional mouth to mouth resuscitation caused by accidents that may occur accidently on purpose!

rodltg2
05-16-2006, 07:58 PM
Nobody mentioned enough beer in case you get stranded! It is also nice to know you have supplies to help someone else that dosen't have it with them! Case in point I have two fire extinguishers which came in handy when the sheriff was pulling over boats and my buddy forgot his, so I loaned him mine to get by! Better to be prepared! ;)


beer is very important too.

vegashomeexpert
05-16-2006, 08:39 PM
Bottle opener, cork screw, coozies, and extras of just about anything else... Don't forget the digital camera!

Maristar210
05-16-2006, 08:48 PM
Steve; Walk out of there with your head high and proud!

Damn right Leroy.

I AM MAN AND I BUY TAMPONS - BIG BIG BOXES OF TAMPONS :uglyhamme

LOL

Footin
05-16-2006, 09:23 PM
Condoms........lots of condoms.

RobertT
05-16-2006, 09:46 PM
Condoms........lots of condoms.

Some things just go without saying. If you have to be reminded of such things such as brat barriers and beer, you have no business owning a boat.

stevo137
05-16-2006, 09:51 PM
Spare boat key? :confused:

roddydog
05-16-2006, 09:51 PM
DAM STRAIGHT BROTHER!!!!


I LIKE YER STYLE!

















2 cold ones for me please!