So, you’ve got your new boat and the essentials you need to be USCG approved, but what else might you need for boating comfort and safety?
A question that is often asked after a purchase is just that, what else do I need? The answer is technically nothing, but there are things to consider to get for the boat for maximum enjoyment, comfort and safety.
Let’s start with life preservers. Growing up, my family always kept those orange life jackets on board the boat.
They were stored in a compartment that was never opened, but we always knew they were there when guests came aboard.
Investment in properly fitting comfortable vests will make it more likely that you and your guests will actually wear them for safety.
It is also very important to keep plenty of water and sunscreen on the boat
For safety they don’t do much good stowed away when an emergency arises.
It is also very important to keep plenty of water and sunscreen on the boat. Even if you plan on a short outing, be prepared for the chance of getting stranded.
Staying hydrated and protected from the sun is obvious, but often overlooked.
An anchor is not required by law, but is a very important piece of equipment. Every boater should have at least one to keep you in place if stranded.
A second anchor is a great idea, especially for coastal boating. As good as cell phone coverage is, it’s easy to lose reception. But out on the water a VHF radio is a great idea for safety.
With a cell phone, you can only call one person at a time. With a VHF, the USCG and any nearby boaters can hear your call for help and render quicker assistance.
The VHF radio doesn’t have to be a fancy installed unit with an 8’ antenna either, especially if you’re staying inshore. For many, just a rechargeable handheld VHF will work fine.
In many boats, a dry box or bag is essential to protect boat paperwork, wallets and cell phones. Typically, they float, so losing one is difficult.
Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, a basic set of tools is good to have
Even if you’re not mechanically inclined, a basic set of tools is good and for safety good to have. A multi-tool, crescent wrench, vice grips, and screwdrivers are always on my boat.
If you have a dog, throw a collapsible water bowl or even an old leftover container in the boat and make sure you have a shady spot for the pup to stay out of the heat.
At Duncan’s Boats, we want everyone on the water to be prepared for maximum enjoyment, comfort and safety.
Jim Duncan / Duncan’s Boats
www.duncansboats.com / 843-744-2628
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