Morgan Kelsey, apparently aware of how many Texas Bubba's final words were "Hey Y'all! ... Watch THIS!!" while operating various kinds of motorized toys, suggested: >>How about a stretcher with bouys on it, and a waterproof defibrillator? Actually ... I used to date a woman who broke her hip water skiing on a lake about 90 minutes from my office ... It's not easy to do - but it happens sometimes. >>http://www.waterski-az.co.uk/safety.htm Decent link! ;-) >>"If you have no way of calling for help ... Yeah ... Wifey has been suggesting a VHF radio as a 'must have'. It's not a bad idea ... it just hadn't been on my list since I wasn't planning to go salt water. Hmmm ... Looks like even some entry level units support DSC and receive NOAA weather alerts! Okay, I guess that IS a pretty decent idea. A decent GPS unit, however, IS on my list as a 'must have'. (Ever spent 12 hours out on a lake with a bazillion stupid islands that all look alike? I don't EVER want to worry about 'which way is back?'!) Hmmm ... I'll have to take a look at the difference between 'separate' and 'combination' units! >>well, you'll certainly find out which kids got dad's brains, eh? As a wise Igor once said, "Yeth thur! That would be my thister ... Thee keeps them in jarth on the mantle!" ;-P RonL.