You have your boat, now it's time to dress it up with boating
accessories! This can be a lot of fun, and there are several ways
you can go, depending on what kind of boating you do. There are
many different accessories, from apparel to electronics, to design
your boat for fishing or sporting. Here are some basic needs for
Apparel: life vests or jackets, hats, sunglasses, gloves, shirts,
When you get your boat, if it is small, chances are you already
have it on a trailer. A larger boat may be in the marina, where
you may also benefit from on site storage facilities and docking.
After you do your overall safety check, you are ready for boating
In any water sport, you want to follow the safety first rule,
to assure safety for everyone on board. That means having enough
life vests or jackets for all, safety rope and toss rings or flotation
devices. With electronics, you want items that are weather resistant
and durable. You do not want to be out in a storm and have your
weather radio die off! You can pay low or pay high, from $100 to
$5,000 for electronics, or more. The most important feature is that
it will work when you need it most, so be sure it is durable.
Basic tools are important. It is another area where you do not
want to be stuck out on open water and be unable to move. Swimming
to shore is not an option, usually! Have a repair manual for your
engine on board at all times, and the types of tools you will need
for basic engine and propeller repairs.
Weather is unpredictable even in the best circumstances. It is
helpful to have some foul weather gear, clothing, and binoculars,
oars or paddles, and emergency flags on board. Handheld GPS, weather
radios, and emergency communications two way radios are well worth
On the fun side of boating accessories, you can custom design
your boat any way you wish. Create an island paradise, with large
accessory raft, install grass carpeting, put on a fake palm tree,
floral canopy, coconut drink holders, large colorful fake fish,
and so on. Complete your custom look with island apparel, Hawaiian
shirts, straw hats for everyone, and so on. For the fisherman, use
netting, have an extra large fish weigh scale on board, extra rods
and reels, large tackle box, grill for off shore fish dinners, deluxe
fish finder equipment, and be sure you have a camera ready! Any
way you go, you can have a lot of fun with boating accessories!
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