A boating emergency kit should be well-stocked with a variety of items. The following tools will help ensure you’re prepared for almost any situation. Read on to discover what to include in your boat emergency kit.
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First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should be one of the first items you get when preparing a boat for the season, as it’s very important for emergencies. If an injury occurs on the water, it’s essential that you deal with it quickly, and a first aid kit helps with this response. A good first aid kit will have bandages, gauze, sterile wipes, tweezers, and many other important medical items.
Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Even if you only boat during the day, a flashlight with the appropriate batteries is essential. If you happen to get stuck overnight, or if you need to inspect a dark corner of the boat, a flashlight will be extremely handy. Test the flashlight before placing it in the boat and have at least two battery exchanges.
Fires can occur on boats, and they’re possibly the most dangerous boating hazard possible. Boats carry many flammable liquids, so a fire extinguisher that is properly maintained could, quite literally, save your life. Make sure your fire extinguisher is up-to-date and not expired.
A radio device that can be used to call for help is crucial. You can either have a radio that’s attached to the boat or one that is handheld. Either way, be sure that you know how to use the device before going on the boat. Know what radio channel should be used for emergency communication and have the radio tested and serviced before the boating season.
You’ll want to keep a variety of tools on your boat so you can fix any small problems that may arise. Keep pliers, screwdrivers, channel locks, and a ratchet set on the boat so you can deal with mechanical problems.
An Extra Rope
When it comes to boating, you can never have too many ropes. Extra ropes can be used in emergencies, such as to tie to another boat that will pull you to shore. Keep an additional rope on hand so you never run out.
A Supply of Non-Perishable Foods
If you get stranded on the water, you’ll be thankful that you took the time to stash a small supply of food. Canned and dried items can be stored conveniently in your boat and they can help you get through a long stretch of waiting for help.
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