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Old 06-03-2006, 06:58 PM
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So there is a good chance I will close on a new boat in the next week or so. Was curious as to what you boat owners consider as essential items on board at all times? I am talking everything from anchors to power bars.

As I get into it there are sure to be lots of other questions coming from me but figured I would start here so I can get my shopping list together....

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Old 06-03-2006, 08:42 PM
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The less you cary the better.
Coast guard safety stuff (flares, pfds,fog horn, fire extiguisher etc.)
fish finder
vhf
gps/plotter
compass
anchor
4 docking lines
2 bumpers
drift sock
charts
search light
head lamp
oar
bailer (if your boat isn't self bailing)
binoculars
flyline tamer (I have two)
tools that came with the motor and a leatherman
cooler
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:16 PM
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Two anchors and a boat hook.
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Old 06-03-2006, 11:28 PM
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Another shore schlepper bites the dust!

Good lists so far... most covered above. PFD's go without saying.

I also always kept:

- serious first aid kit w/ epi pen
- emergency starting rope with knot on the end (buy proper diam / length)
- Jesus on a roll (duct tape)
- a few MRE meals / water
- emergency blanket
- spare spark plugs in sealed bag
- pump powered flashlight (needs no batteries)
- emergency beacon ($20 at marine store)
- hand mirror
- flint firestarter

at home get a foodsaver and seal some fresh batteries in it, spark plugs, etc.

All tiny stuff but can be handy.
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I only own a yak but essential items to carry are a hand held GPS, and Marine Radio. The marine radio is better than a cell phone as you can get instant help from other mariners and talk to the Coast Guard directly. FishHawk
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:58 AM
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flint fire starter? mre's? I don't think that there are many places on the east coast where you might find the opportunity to use those items. Heck, if you think you might need them, you might want to think about a life raft first, and then an epirb and then a water still/maker.
Maybe a few power bars and a gallon of water. And an extra lighter for the cigars.

A really good additional item would be a set of manley pliers. They could come itn very handy if you needed to cut a hook.
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