Did you know that new boat sales surged by 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic? Although some made a dream purchase, others made an impulsive purchase without considering all of the details.
When you own a boat, you are required to have certain items while on the water. Not only that, but you’ll need things for your family and friends to enjoy.
Keep reading to learn the boating essentials that every boat owner needs.
There are boating essentials required by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Newer boats typically come with the gear needed to meet Coat Guard requirements. Used boat owners should recheck their inventory to make sure their boats are supplied with the right tools.
These are the safety items you’ll need:
- Life jackets
- Visual distress signals
- Fire extinguishers
- Sound producing devices
- Navigation lights
The above list is a starting point but you might have certain laws in your state that require other safety gear and items.
Although not required, you should have other essentials for going boating. An anchor, dock lines, fenders, and manual bailers are all boating accessories you’ll want.
Some people feel as if they don’t need an anchor for a casual boat ride. However, there are situations that could arise in which an anchor can save you.
Anchors should be essential boating items because they can help during strong currents, wind gusts, or a loss of power. Choose the right type of anchor for your type of boat.
Dock lines are also important for securing your boat to the dock or other boats. Fenders are beneficial for quick and easy protection in any tricky situation.
Manual bailers can help if a bilge pump fails. Bailers act as your plan B in this circumstance.
If you don’t have a manual bailer, you can use an extra bucket to keep your boat off of the bottom of the water floor long enough to get to safety.
While you need the required safety gear and other boating essentials, you could also benefit from using this pre-departure checklist:
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- VHF radio
- Extra food and water
If you want to make a day out of boating, don’t forget the water toys! Keep in mind that some boats aren’t equipped for certain water sports. Read more here to learn what activities are right for your type of boat.
If you are ready to go boating, think again! It’s important to make a checklist of boating essentials before you get onto the water.
Even if it is just a leisurely or quick trip, you’ll need the required safety gear as stated by the U.S. Coast Guard. You’ll also want items like anchors and fenders in case of emergency situations.
When the necessities are out of the way, you can focus on things like water toys, food, and radios.
Use this guide before you go boating and don’t forget to come back to our website for more checklists.
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