A Good First Aid Kit

A cost-effective and reasonably-compact option for inshore use.

Our new-to-us J/109 came with pretty much zero safety equipment. A couple of old, out of date, and under-recall, dry-powder fire extinguishers; an old horseshoe life ring, with no line or dan buoy; and a box of dried-out bandaids.

That was pretty much it, so we are faced with starting from scratch on safety equipment. No bad thing since other people's safety equipment buy decisions can be, shall we say, interesting.

One of the first things I dug into was selecting and sourcing a good first aid kit, since I have hurt myself enough times (yeah, I'm clumsy) to know that even inshore and close to help having the right gear (along with training) is vital.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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