10 Essential Items That You Must Have On Your Boat

by Jewel Chesson

Here are ten handy and helpful reminders as well as mandatory and suggested items that you should keep on your boat. How about trying to get your boat ready for the inland boating season this summer?

Push Button Signal Horn & Aerial Signal Kit. In case of emergency, fog, or warning signal, have an air horn on board. Stores just about anywhere on your boat. Also, it is a good idea to keep an aerial signal kit such as a flare gun kit in case you are stranded on a large lake.

PDF's (Personal Flotation Device). Are you sure you have enough PDF's on board so that every passenger has one readily available? Also make sure you provide the children with one that fits them correctly. Another must is to have them USCG Approved.

What about First Aid Kit? In case there is an emergency, having a first aid kit handy is a great idea. Keep on that has some of the basics such as: bandages, gauze, instant cold compress, alcohol cleaning pads, aspirin, antibiotic cream etc.

The Importance of a Boat Anchor. If you want to go to the beach, plan on docking, or are in an emergency situation, then you must have the correct size anchor. A good tip is to have an anchor onboard for the rear of the boat and for the front.

What about Tow Ropes? Don't forget to keep an extra tow rope with you in case you or someone else is stranded on the water. In the event that you or someone else breaks down and needs a lift, someone will be able to tow you to shore.

Fire Extinguisher. You must keep a fire extinguisher with you while you're on the water. You need to have a quality A-B-C extinguisher on your boat. Hopefully you'll never need to use it, but if you do you'll know it's there.

What about Universal Boat Cushion? On the boat, you should keep a few brightly colored boat/life cushions. You can use them to toss to anyone that happens to fall over or needs a hand swimming back to the boat.

The Importance of Boat Registration? Always make sure your registration is current and on board with you. You never know when the DNR will pull you over to check to see if your boat is legal.

Dock Lines. Keep a few dock lines for docking your boat to your pier or to someone else's pier. To make it handy when you need different sizes, we suggest that you have a few loops already tied into the rope.

The Importance of a Cell Phone or Radio. Keep an onboard radio, cell phone or walkie-talkie with you. These come in handy when you need to get a tow back or if someone wants to come out and join you for a ride.

Have lots of fun and a safe summer on your boat this year!

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