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Boating Equipment for Safe Boating

The proper boating equipment can make the difference between a delightful boating experience and a disastrous one. While every state and province may have different regulations about what types of boating equipment are required, the fact of the matter is that some safety equipment should be carried whether it is legally required or not. This boating equipment is designed not only to keep the passengers safe, but the boat working properly as well. Here is a brief list:

1. Paperwork and Documentation: Do not head out on the river, lake, or the open sea without a proper boating license as required by law for any operator and also remember to carry your registration materials as well. Put this “boating equipment” all in a waterproof box or bag to keep them safe from water damage.

2. Flotation Devices: You may not like to wear those bulky “life vests” but there are many styles available which are lightweight and even self-inflating to make them less uncomfortable and easier to wear. Even if it is not required by law, it is recommended that everyone on the boat wears this piece of boating equipment. Some boats carry a life ring as well.

3. Lights: Navigational lights and distress signals are necessary boating equipment for everyone. You will be glad if you get caught out on the water at night unexpectedly.

4. Navigational Aids: Even if you know the area fairly well, it is a good idea to carry navigation charts and maps and a compass and even a GPS system if you want to spend the extra money.

5. Noise making tools: Take a horn, whistle or some other noise maker to use to warn other boats or water skiers of your approach.

6. Ventilation: This boating equipment is vital for houseboats because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

7. Fire Extinguishers: Every boat should have at least one fire extinguisher. You never know when an engine fire or other emergency will put your boat in danger-and help could be far away.

8. Anchor: This keeps the boat from drifting when you stop to fish, or if you stall out on the water.

9. Pumping Equipment: This gets rid of things like bilge water or human waste on the boat safely and cleanly.

10. Tool Box and Repair Manual: Make sure that you have tools and that you know how to use them for those quick on the water repairs.

Eriani Doyel writes articles about Travel and Leisure. If you would like more information about boating equipment visit flboating.com

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