Safety & Seamanship

Ditch Kit for Small Sailboats

Don’t ditch the ditch kit just because you switched to a smaller boat.

When we had a larger boat and made offshore hops, conventional ditch bag thinking made sense. But when I downsized to a 24-foot trimaran, it dawned on me that with just a little adjustment, my day bag could ably serve my near-shore sailing needs. (See “What to Pack in a Ditch Kit,” PS May 2014, “Abandon Ship Bags: Don’t Leave the Boat Without Them,” PS March 2001, and “Bags Fit for Sea Life,” PS December 2012, and “The Get Home Toolkit,” October 2018.)

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