A prepared boat will ensure you a smooth journey. Let’s have a look at the essential things needed to store on your boat.
Life jackets or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) (*Required)
It’s one of the must things you need to have on your boat before taking your boat out to the sea. It’s a requirement from your state marine department. Note that there is a little distinction between those two. Life jackets have much more buoyancy than PFDs and are designed to keep your face up in the water, allowing you to breathe. Life jackets are the best choice for little ones who cannot swim or are weak swimmers. PFD is designed for use in recreational boating and is a good choice for those who are confident in the water.
First Aid Kits
No one wishes accidents to happen but you never know. However unfortunate things do happen and a well-stored First Aid Kits will save a day. You may want to throw in waterproof bandages/spray bandages, gauze and antiseptic cream as well as motion sickness medication. Hand sanitizer and wipes are nice if you’re going to be handling fish and hooks. It might be a good idea to throw some insect repellent and after bite in there as well.
Fire extinguishers (*Required)
Another requirement and must have on boats. Make sure at least one person on the boat that knows how to use it.
Whistles, horns, flares (*Required)
Whistles (make sure it is one that works if it gets wet), horns, flares and other safety equipment are not only a good idea, but are required by law.
Toolbox with a prop wrench, a few screwdrivers or a wrench could fix a few small tune-ups needed on board.
Two oars and keep them in the place if the boat tips.
Two ropes – called Dock Lines. You can use them to tie up the boat and also to help a person overboard get back to and in the boat.
A mirror or shiny object for daytime signalling.
A bucket or can bail out any water that gets in the boat. You can also use it to signal SOS by tapping out 3 quick-3 slower-3 quick taps.
If your clothes get wet, you can easily (and very quickly) lose heat from your body, a condition called hypothermia. Removing your wet clothes and wrapping yourself in a blanket will help you stay warm.
There are other things that are not listed here but also important to store on the boat. Check this list and adds more to your own list. It’s always good to be prepared.
Remember clean fuel is also essential. It can protect your boat’s engine and ensure a smooth journey on the sea. Contact one of our experts to get your boat A Microbial Fuel Test.