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Essential equipment checklist

  • Lifejackets - one correctly fitting lifejacket for everyone on board
  • Two forms of waterproof communications - this can include an EPIRB or PLB, VHF radio, cell phone in a waterproof bag, flares
  • Navigation equipment – a chart and compass, GPS and depth sounder. Exactly what you need will depend on how far you are going
  • Alternative form of propulsion eg a set of oars
  • Protective clothing – carry sufficient warm and waterproof clothing for your trip
  • Bailing device
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Anchor
  • Boat hook
  • Kill cord for open powerboats
  • Torch
  • Throwline
  • Spare fuel
  • Knife
  • First aid kit/PFD 

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