Boat On Beach At Low Tide


Any smart boater knows that you can’t leave the dock or marina without all the essential boat gear on board. You’ll definitely regret leaving your life jacket behind when your boat capsizes without notice or you fined for not wearing it. Take a look at some of the essential gear you should have with you when you go boating. There is nothing worse than finding out the hard way.


You can’t have a smooth boating experience without paperwork. You must make sure your boat is registered. Additionally, you must be a licenced boat pilot. Don’t ever launch your boat into the water without all the proper documentation. It’s a good idea to keep all your legal boating documents in a single plastic folder.


Let’s face it, accidents do happen. You may not have gone through any accidents and, hopefully, you won’t, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. See to it that your boat is fully equipped with all the proper safety items. You must have enough life jackets for you and your passengers. You must also have stocked the first-aid kit in case of any injuries. A prepared boater is a confident boater.


This list of essential boat gear won’t be complete without the basic tools. In a perfect world, nothing will go wrong. However, we all know that breakdowns are part of boating. Keep a toolbox with all the basic tools on board. That way, you won’t be unprepared in case you need to repair anything. If you don’t want to load a full toolbox, consider investing in a multi-tool.


An anchor is an important piece of gear for any smart and safe boater. If you find your boat stuck in the open sea with strong winds heading your way, an anchor and rode can save your life. You don’t want to be dragged into perilous waters, do you? Your anchor helps your boat stay put, giving you one less thing to worry about. Always carry an anchor aboard your boat, no matter the size of your boat.


If your boat runs on fuel, then you must always see to it that you’ve got a full tank of it before you go far. Make sure checking your fuel is on your pre-departure list. Consider investing in a fuel flow metre to help you more accurately determine how much you’ve got left. An electric trolling motor is always good to have as a secondary propulsion system, not just for trolling, but for emergency situations.


Even if you’re only going boating for a couple of hours, you must bring extra food and water with you. You never know when you’re going to need to recharge yourself with water and stay satiated. If you get stuck somewhere and need rescuing, extra food and water are vital contents of a ditch bag. Not to mention it is extremely important to stay hydrated while boating.

Whether you think you’ll need them or not, a responsible boater must always have these essential boat gear in the vessel at all times. If you find that you’re missing a few items on this list, take action today.



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John Steele
John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.