Did you get a new boat for the holidays? Are you planning to get one sometime in the coming year?
Whether you live in a wintery state where you’re still waiting to use your new toy or enjoying the water already, you’d be smart to prepare with the right supplies. If you’re relatively new to boating, you’ll need to start building your array of equipment.
Even if you’ve owned a boat before, this might be the time to refresh your safety gear or invest in some fun new boating equipment. From safety necessities to exciting new hardware for use on the water, here are the ten items you might want to get for your new boat.
#1: Life Jackets
Life jackets have to be first on the list because they are so vital. You’ll want to have a jacket for every person on board, so make sure you buy enough to cover for every person who’s apt to use the boat. Or you’ll have to remind them to bring their own.
#2: Boating Maintenance Supplies
A new boat might not require a ton of upkeep, but it will take some. You’d be wise to get a few things that will keep your boat in good condition. Start with boat covers, cleaning supplies, and dock bumpers. If you have these, you’ll keep your boat looking great for as long as possible.
#3: Emergency Radios/Flares/Signals
When you’re boating, it’s critical to have a way to signal when you need help. It’s crucial to have an emergency radio and some flares to get the attention of others. If you plan ever to get in the water, you’ll need a flag that stands up to alert other boaters that someone is off your craft.
#4: Extra Food, Water, And Clothing
Even if you plan to go boating in places that tend to remain fairly busy, it won’t hurt to be extra prepared. Water is vital because it’s too easy to get dehydrated when you’re out in the sun all day.
Extra food can also keep everyone happy. Finally, spare clothing or blankets are good to have as backups when the weather changes quickly.
#5: Keychain Floats
You usually don’t have to worry about dropping your car keys in a lake. But in the case of your boat keys, there’s a higher possibility the key could slip out of your hand and sink to the bottom. A keychain float will preserve you from a big disaster
#6: Fish Finder
Want to make it easier to catch fish? A fish finder will make the process much easier. Even if you’re not that big on fishing, you’ll be able to see how the water is or if any debris might be lurking too close to the surface.
#7: Tow Toys/Boating Activity Supplies
Safety essentials are vital, but so is having a great time. Depending on what you like to do while boating, consider getting a tow tube, a wakeboard, or something along those lines. Everyone you take with you will enjoy trying something new and making memories.
#8: First Aid Kit
The same as in your car, a first aid kit on board your boat is a good idea. Of course you hope you’ll never have to use it. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.
#9: An Anchor
Whether you plan to fish or want to spend most of your time motoring around, you’ll still need an effective way to park your craft in one spot. It might seem unnecessary, but an anchor that’s heavy enough with sufficient line to reach the bottom of your preferred boating area is crucial.
#10: Name Decals
Every boat needs a name! Whether you choose something fun, elegant, or silly, be sure to show off your boat with some flashy lettering.
These ten items will ensure you go boating safely while seeking excitement on the water. If you’re an experienced boater, what would you add to this list?