10 Items All Boaters Should Bring Along on All Outings
The United States Coast Guard mandates that a certain set of safety equipment be present on any recreational boat. This list includes a number of basic items that are absolutely crucial for emergency mitigation. However, there are a number of other items that aren’t legally required, but can make a huge difference in your safety and enjoyment of the trip. Here are our top ten items all boaters should bring along on all outings.
- A first aid kit. Though not a legal requirement, having bandages, gauze, antiseptic cream, and other first aid items is a big safety bonus.
- Sun protection. For your long-term safety and your short-term comfort, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
- Waterproof bag. This will help you keep items that must stay dry (cameras, towels, clothes, documents, etc.) dry.
- Water. Dehydration can creep up quickly on hot days full of fun and action!
- Jumper cables. Should you experience unexpected battery problems, this could save the day. If you see someone with battery troubles, you can be their hero,
- Rope. This will allow you to tie up to docks; it will also allow you to tow other boats to safety in an emergency situation.
- Swiss army knife/multi-tool. Be prepared for minor maintenance issues!
- Emergency locator beacon. In water-based emergencies, every second is precious. Emergency locator beacons can play an important role in rescue missions. Whether you’re just relaxing at sea, or engaging in extreme water sports, it’s definitely worth considering the benefits an emergency locator beacon could offer should a dangerous situation arise.
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