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boat on waterFor water lovers, sunshine and boating go hand in hand. Many seasoned boaters have long become familiar with the tools and other items that come in handy while on the water. But novice boaters may still benefit from the advice of others. If you're still learning the ropes, make a note of these seven items you should keep on your boat to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
  1. Lifejackets: Even if you're a strong swimmer, you may have passengers who aren't as confident in their own abilities. Not to mention, swimming may become difficult, or even impossible, in the event of an accident or weather emergency. Lifejackets are essential to have on every boating excursion in case the worst happens. There should be an appropriately fitted lifejacket for everyone on board, every time you leave the marina.
  2. Radio and Cell Phone: Staying in communication with people on land can come in handy if the weather worsens or if you need emergency assistance. If you're like many others, your cell phone is probably glued to you. But in addition, keep the necessary equipment on board in case you need to radio for help.
  3. First Aid Supplies: As in everyday life, it's a good idea to keep some basic medical supplies around. These include bandages, antibacterial ointment, alcohol-based cleaning pads, sterile gauze and so on. You and your passengers may suffer minor wounds like scrapes or abrasions, so you should also familiarize yourself with simple treatment procedures.
  4. Multi-Tool: Anything can happen while out on the water, including things breaking. You may need to make minor repairs until you can fully solve the issue once back on shore. Keeping a multi-tool on board — along with basic supplies like duct tape and cable ties — can come in handy time and time again.
  5. Rope: It's essential to have rope on board for docking. But apart from the obvious, rope can be used for towing, tying down equipment and various other odd jobs around the boat. Much like the multi-tool, rope can come in handy in a pinch.
  6. Flashlight and Whistle: It's vital that you're able to signal distress if necessary. A whistle or air horn is a common way to accomplish the task, both in the daylight and at night. However, a flashlight can be even more effective at night, especially if you know Morse code.
  7. Bucket: In the event that water pools inside your boat, a bucket can be used to scoop it out over the side. When you don't have to worry about leaks, buckets double as great storage tools or even beverage chillers if you throw in some ice.
We value your safety. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (866) 288-6545 for more information on Kansas City boat insurance.
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