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Old 09-20-2014, 08:48 AM
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Boating Checklist Needed - The Basics

After searching the forum, I did not locate exactly what I'm after.

I'm looking for the essentials or basics that owner's carry on their boats, just to be safe and legal while using the boat. I'm not interested (at the moment) in boards/skis/ropes/beer/etc.

I'm asking folks share things like:
-We carry an oar or paddle
-We have an anchor (or maybe two?)
-Tools/took kits (what do you carry in them for basic on the water maintenance/repair)
-Spare bulbs

I'm hoping TT members will weigh in on what they carry to be legal and safe while on the water.

Thank you!
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:40 AM
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Fire extinguisher and enough life jackets to cover coast guard... Check your state laws I would say
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:50 AM
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this should be your first read before you hit the water..
...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:05 AM
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I also pack in JimN and EngineNut.
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:33 PM
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Thank you for the replies!

CantRepeat, I didn't go back as far as 2005 - thanks!

Maybe the forum should have a "Checklists" area? I know there are a lot of them out there and they're all great!

Love this site.

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Old 09-20-2014, 05:38 PM
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1.Life Jackets
2. Anchor for sure, if the boat quits running and you can't get it started throw out an anchor and don't buy a cheap dingy anchor. It's the nicest thing in your boat is a good anchor.
3. I do keep a small tool kit I got from Lowe's
4. Owners Manual
5. 4 buoys with ropes already in them
6. Buy four of the most expensive ropes you can buy for docking. You will use them each time you go boating. (I love a guy who has a 90,000 boat and is tying his boat up with a cheap or old ski rope)
7. Navionics on your phone for GPS
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:55 PM
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On top of what others have said above, here is my list:
-throwable cushion (a must in my book, I keep it behind the driver's seat in easy reach)
-cheap toole set, basic wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, etc.
-spare fuel pump (for the infamous in tank pump system)
-spare ballast pump
-paper towels
-motor oil
-couple of old rags
-small bucket
-spare thermostat and gasket
-spare belt
-spare impeller
-spare prop, nut, and cotter pin
-trash bags
-a few plastic sporks
-first aid kit
-jumper cables

Click on the link above for Jabsco repair parts, including bearings, o-rings, lip seals and many other ballast pump parts.
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Old 09-20-2014, 09:10 PM
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I'm not sure I like the way that looks.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:58 AM
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Such a varied thing - you have good suggestions.

Add a high quality roll of electrical tape - not a cheap one. Lots of good brands - should be marketed as self amalgamating or vulcanizing or emergency tape or similar.

This can be used to seal split hoses - this can be used to splice electrical wires, it can be used to seal threads on leaking plugs and all sorts of other hacks.

I Personally do use old ski ropes for mooring - but its because once I retire the mainline - I have different convenient lengths for different mooring situations.
Ski boats are tough - lacking cleats it is hard to actually tie them up. Caribiners let you clip onto the bow eye or stern toe rings - but traditional bumpers suck to mount up - ideally you have a nice vertical surface with something firm and hard on the posts and you just tie from the pylon.

With out that it can be useful to have a Hull guard mat or something to hang on the dock.

Last thing I'd really add is a spare plug - if you've ever left it loose in the bilge and had it slide up/down the bilge somewhere hard to get to - you'll know why.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:24 AM
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Found this in my glovebox on my boat today out on the water......figure it covered most of the bases, with lots of "etc ?" to fill in the blanks

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