Hi folks, Here in Kansas we just had a tragic accident in which 3 duck hunters perished on John Redmond Reservoir in high wind conditions. Since there were no survivors there is no way of knowing what truly happened, but it made me think about how dangerous it can be to be aboard a boat in the winter. I spent the last five years in Florida and Virginia where there are minimum safety gear standards enforced by the Coast Guard. What I'd like to see happen in this thread is a discussion about things like: Boat handling in bad weather, safety gear that is relevant to winter boating and/or waterfowling, strategies to deal with things like engine failures and boat damage and anything else that y'all think someone else might be able to use to be safer. I don't have a lot to share other than that we carry roadside flares in addition to a flare gun in the safety kit...in case we have to beach the boat and light a fire they'll always start and burn hot enough to light even damp wood. Any suggestions you might have are welcome...it might save a life someday. Thanks!