Reasonable people can disagree about what marine instruments are absolutely necessary for every boater. Indeed, the selection of equipment that you carry on your vessel depends largely on what it's being used for, whether you're a commercial fisherman or a recreational sailor. But there are certain tools and items that every boat should have, no matter what you plan to do once out on the water.
Here's a list of three essential items you shouldn't leave the dock without:
- Jumper Cables: Just as you would keep a pair of jumper cables in your car in the event that its battery needs a jump, so should you make these a permanent fixture in your boat. Boating batteries can be unreliable, especially if they're old, so jumper cables protect you against an unexpected dead unit.
- Personal Flotation Devices: Not only should you have one on board for every single passenger, but before pushing off you should make sure each member of your crew knows where these items are stored and how to use them. This is especially the case if traveling with less experienced boaters.
- Spare Propeller: Having a spare prop can be a lifesaver in the event that the prop on your boat is damaged. This can happen if you accidentally hit underwater hazards that you didn't detect.
These are only three items that you should carry, but they're not the only ones. Having a solid arsenal of communication equipment, marine GPS and other products are just as important. If you're not sure what other tools you should be carrying, make sure to check out the ePal store to see what equipment is available.