‘Be Prepared’ is a boy scout’s favorite saying for a reason: it is completely true. While we cannot think of a more carefree pastime than sailing it is extremely important to set out on your boating trip with the right set of equipment that will ensure complete peace of mind for crew and passengers alike. Therefore, we’re recounting below the equipment items that you should have in your arsenal before setting sail.
Perhaps the most obvious one; but a reliable compass will help you to navigate with ease your chosen route and therefore enabling you to reach your planned stops in a timely manner.
Source: Freeport Marine Supply
An inflatable Personal Floating Device (PFD) is an indispensable item abroad any sea vessel. According to www.thoughtco.com. “About 83% of sailing fatalities result from drowning, and 88% of boaters who drown weren’t wearing their PFD.” We think that this statistic on its own is sufficient to make boaters ensure that an appropriate number of inflatable PFDs is available onboard and that they are used adequately.
Source: Fenix Lighting
You never know when you will need to have a good portable light while journeying at night so we think that it is always a good idea to take a couple of dependable headlamps whenever you venture out at sea.
Source: Knives and Tools
A high-quality sailing knife is another essential to carry with you for every sailing trip. Whether you need to cut through rope and webbing or you just need to try your hand at an array of odd jobs during the journey, this piece of equipment will come in handy in more ways than one.
Foul Weather Sailing Gear
Source: Sail World
Although we are particularly fond of sailing during those balmy summer months, we cannot deny the fact that rain and the wind still need to be taken into consideration. It is for this reason that it is always important to stash a few waterproof jackets and trousers that will keep you dry if you experience inclement weather.
Source: McHale Marine
It is not possible to have a good grip without a good pair of sailing gloves. Investing in the right pair of gloves will enable you to handle those ropes with ease and comfort.
Bonus Items: The Obvious but Easily Forgotten
Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
Source: Coastal Water Sports
It goes without saying that a comprehensive First Aid Kit is important on any sea-faring vessel so we always suggest checking whether the one that you have aboard includes everything that you might need.
High SPF Sunscreen
Source: Expert Reviews
Nothing can ruin your trip more than a bad case of sunburn and so it important to carry (and more importantly apply regularly) a waterproof high SPF sunscreen that will keep you protected throughout your time at sea.
Easily Portable Snacks
It is always a good idea to have a few filling snacks to keep the hunger at bay (no pun intended) and that will keep you going between meals. Our favorites are nuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit…delicious and none require refrigeration.