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Old 07-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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Re: Stranded in boon docks, beside tools, take what 4 repair

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You can't predict what might happen so the best plan is to assume you might need outside assistance.

Spot satellite devices are affordable.

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=102
While I'm not opposed to them as a last resort, they should hardly be your plan-a, or even your plan-b. I'm not sure you meant to imply taking them instead of anything else, but I really don't want anyone reading your message that way.

They will mobilize limited public resources that may be needed for more serious situations. Don't use them unless there is a life-threatening issue that you are indeed not prepared to deal with.

I'm trying to get better at figuring out what to carry in the van (which leaves so many more options open than a backpack), but I'd be pretty embarrassed if a break-down turned into something I needed to resort to a spot for. That said, if it did lead to a chain of events that brought on a situation that we agreed as life threatening and not something we could resolve on our own, I would swallow my pride and use one.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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Re: Stranded in boon docks, beside tools, take what 4 repair

I carry a set of tools but my mechanical talents don't go much past changing a tire.

We have a Spot device and use it to send an 'I'm ok' message every evening. Aside from the 911 function, it also has an 'I'm NOT ok' message function. You just need to set up a protocol with friends or family for what action to take if they get that message.

We also carry a mountain bike on the back that is our 'lifeboat'. I figure that with a water pack and energy bars, I can ride out to the pavement and thumb a ride.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #13
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Stranded in boon docks, beside tools, take what 4 repairs?

Same here, every yacht needs a dinghy.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:38 PM   #14
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Same here, every yacht needs a dinghy.
Yeah but what if your dinghy has a flat. Now what tools do you carry
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