Surviving at Sea: Finding drinking water

Make sure your boat is equipped with marine instruments that can broadcast your location in the event that your boat is damaged and you're left stranded at sea.

No one ever wants to be stranded at sea, but any mariner who is going to be spending time far away from shore needs to be prepared for this scenario. Boats can capsize or be damaged in storms, and if  this happens to you, you want to be sure you have a plan for staying alive until the Coast Guard or other sailors can find you.

One of the most important considerations is how you will stay hydrated. As you probably already know, you simply cannot drink seawater. This will cause you to become dehydrated faster, causing significant damage to your internal organs, especially your kidneys. 

Your best bet is to collect rainwater when you encounter a storm. Outfit your lifeboat or raft with a tarp and position it in such a way that you can let rain drops flow into a container. If you don't have a tarp, you can also use clothing to absorb water, then wring it to extract the water.

It's important that whatever drinking water you have is rationed so that it lasts you until you are rescued. Discover News recommends that you drink sparingly on the first day and consume 12 to 16 ounces each day going forward.

Among the most important marine supplies that you should equip your boat with are safety devices that can broadcast your location to the Coast Guard and nearby vessels so that you are promptly rescued. Epal carries a number of these products from ACR, Garmin and other manufacturers, which will save your life if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of being stranded at sea. 

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