When it comes to owning a boat, there is one word that comes to mind above all others, and that word is freedom. After all, we can’t always say that we can sail across the ocean, and you can do just that with the right boat. Therefore, you, as a boat owner, are probably tremendously excited to get out there on the high seas and have an adventure for the ages, and wh can blame you? However, before you give into wander lust, that itch we get when get the urge to travel, you’ll want to prepare thoroughly, because a million and one things can go wrong, and you don’t want to be stranded with no supplies. Here are the basics you need to know before you go boating.
First and foremost, you’ll need supplies. What you need will, of course, vary wildly based on the length of your voyage, for example, as well as the number of people aboard your vessel. However, what you;kk need will likely never change. The essentials start with food and water (water, because, of course, the salt water of the ocean isn’t drinkable). The best place to start with food is dry goods, as they will last much longer than fresh food items. For water, simply buying some purified water is a safe bet. You’ll also want a robust first aid kit in case of emergencies, of course, and in the same vein, some other safety and survival gear, such as life vests. Don’t forget toiletries, of course, such as a tooth brush and tooth paste, though everyone aboard can bring their own, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, the works. You will also need some towels to keep everyone dry, lest we get sick. Anything and everything you could need should be available en masse at Sam’s Club, though one notable exception is fuel, and you will absolutely want spare fuel on hand.
The other important thing to remember is safe practice. For example, don’t run on the deck of your boat, ever, for any reason. This is like asking Poseidon to take you into his aquatic domain. You’ll also need to keep out of stormy waters when possible.