I read a great article today (see it here) called “10 Things You May Not Have in Your Boat, But Probably Should.” It outlines some essential tools and safety equipment that you may not think to keep at first, but which, as the title of the article tells us, you probably should. I will summarize the list and reasons for each item from the article below.
1. Jumper Cables – We all know what a terrible feeling it is to be stranded somewhere and suddenly have your car not start. Now imagine that same feeling, but you’re surrounded by water.
2. Buoys – Many people these days neglect the old fashioned navigation tools for those that are more technologically advanced. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have both options.
3. Extra Life Preserver – Having one or two more than you need can’t hurt.
4. Old Fashioned Ice Fishing Depth Finder – This is a pretty specific item, for specific boating activities. Probably not everyone will need this.
5. Rope – This is something you don’t want to need and not have. It serves countless purposes, including tying your boat to the dock, towing someone, or being towed. What you definitely don’t want is to have neither jumper cables, nor rope for a tow.
6. Small Anchor – This is useful for fishing on a windy day.
7. Toilet Paper – Boat ramp facilities often run out of this, so as a back up it’s a good idea to have some of your own.
8. Cable Ties – These are useful for securing things all over your boat.
9. Multi-Tool – While still having everything you need, this item is less cumbersome and takes up less space than a tool box.
10. Quality Side Cutters – Useful for making difficult cuts. Often times your multi tool or whatever cutters come with your tool box might not be quite strong enough.
This was a really useful article, and offers some great ideas. Boating blogs and websites can be a great place to discover information like this.