Did you know that every year around 49 large ships become lost at sea? These vessels often contain millions of dollars worth of cargo. So what makes you think your boat could be any different?

Having the right equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Below we give 9 essential boating supplies all vessels should have onboard.

1. Life Jackets

Safety should be the first concern of any good mariner. Before heading out, a check must be done to ensure there is a life jacket for everyone on board. This must include children and pets.

All these jackets must be in good condition and properly sized A few spares are also good to have just in case.

2. First Aid Kit

There are plenty of places on a boat where small cuts and grazes can occur, particularly if swimming or fishing. A basic first aid kit, regularly replenished, should always be onboard. Items such as adhesive bandages, gauze, pain relievers, and antihistamines are essential.

3. Fire Extinguisher

Make sure your boat has a working fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. If there are any other areas where one is needed, source smaller ones for use there. This may include kitchens or engine rooms.

4. Marine Radio

A marine radio is needed for communication, navigation, and calling for help in case of an emergency. Even when you are not in trouble, communication with other vessels is imperative or you may find yourself in danger.

5. Anchor and Line

An anchor and line are essential for securing the boat when it’s not in motion. if you don’t have one, or one not suited for the boat, you can expect to rift quite far on the current.

6. Paddle or Oars

On smaller boats, a paddle or oars can maneuver the boat. If you suffer from engine failure and you need to get to shore quickly, it is essential.

7. Map and Compass

They may be old-school boat safety, but you should never overlook the importance of a map and compass. They can help you navigate and find your way back to shore in case of an emergency, or if you are on a vessel without navigation equipment and lose sight of the shore.

8. Emergency Whistle and Flare

An emergency whistle and flare can be used to signal for help in case of an emergency. Without them, it will be hard for others to find you on a body of water, especially at night. Check that the flare is in date before setting out.

9. Additional Safety Equipment

This usually includes a personal flotation device. Throwable ones are best for casting out should anyone fall overboard. You may need more depending on the size of the boat.

Sourcing Boating Supplies

There are lots of sites online where you can get boating supplies. Many of them are also reasonably priced, so you don’t have an excuse for sacrificing safety. Make sure you plan and order in advance.

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