Before you head out to the water, you
always want to make sure that your boat is properly equipped with your safety
equipment. You want to ensure that you have at least one life jacket for every
occupant on the boat. If you do get pulled over and have any kind of
inspection by the Coast Guard, that’s the first thing they’re gonna ask for is your life jacket, so make sure you have enough life jackets. You’re also required to have a throwable.
That could be a seat cushion. They’re widely available at West
Marine or you can go online, buy them over at Tim’s or Amazon and make sure you
have a throwable life cushion. If your boat does not have a horn, this one does, but if you do not have a horn you’re required to at least have a whistle or
an air horn of some sort. In case you need to reach out to anyone or let them know that that you’re out there. You also need a fire extinguisher. This
boat here is a Catalina. It comes equipped with the fire extinguisher, that’s your
requirement. And other than that, just make sure you have the basics in terms
of your ropes and your lines. It’s always a great idea and I would highly recommend that everyone carry an anchor at all times. Just in case. Say you got something tied up in your prop and your boat stalled
and it’s on a windy day, you want to make sure you can stop your boat and stay in
place until you can get help. So always have an anchor on board. And other than
that, just make sure you have the essentials. You know, food and water and
your towels and wear a lot of sunscreen. The sun can be pretty brutal sometimes.