Signal flares are the 2nd most important item that’s a must. You may not fish the great lakes like I do but if your boat breaks down for any reason you can signal some help that can be seen for miles. Flares are normally good for about 3 years so you need to check your expiration dates on your flares to make sure they are not expired, and keep them in your watertight compartment “their no good if they’re wet “.
- A hailing device, such as a whistle or horn, that’s not the boat’s horn.
- Anchor and anchor line.
- A working “Kill Switch”. If you fall out of the boat you definitely want that boat to stop moving to avoid an accident.
- Navigation lights for low light and night conditions.
- Of course, a First Aid Kit.
The best safety tip is to check over everything on a regular basis. From the battery connections to your jack-plate mounting bolts. Make a habit of regularly check over everything and make sure everything is clean and neat that will take the risk of anything bad happening down dramatically plus if something does happen you can get to what you need quickly. Also, check your state’s website on boating safety and regulations. There may be requirements that you should know about before going out on the water. Use these tips and your boating experience will be very enjoyable!!!