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What to Keep Onboard

There’s a lot that goes into hitting the water, including stocking up your boat, yacht, or sailboat with all the items on our boat item checklist. Our diesel specialists share important items you should have onboard, along with fun accessories to enjoy on the water.

What Should I Keep On My Boat?

Our essentials to keep on your boat combine practical items, legally required safety items, and must-have boat accessories that pack in the fun. So if you’re building your boating supplies, check out our boat items checklists for all the boat stuff you’ll need before hitting the water.

Legally Required Boating Equipment and Supplies

There are some things you need on a boat by law, as they’ll help keep you safe on the water. The items you should have on your boat, as required by law, include:

  • Life Jackets
  • Navigation Rules Manual, for boats over 40 feet
  • Bells or Whistles
  • Backfire Flame Control
  • Pollution Regulation Guides
  • Sanitation Guides
  • Visual Distress Signalers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ventilation

Safety Boating Items Checklist

While the above are things you need on a boat by law, there are also other items that are important for safety. Though they’re not legally required, you’ll be thankful to have them on board. Our suggested boating safety supplies include:

  • Flares
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • Extra Line
  • Dry Box
  • Boat Shoes
  • Glue
  • Knife
  • Shop Vac
  • GPS
  • Duct Tape
  • Candles, Preferably Wax
  • Drinking Water
  • Paracord Bracelet
  • First Aid Kit

In addition to the above boating safety equipment, we also recommend keeping certain marine diesel engine parts, such as those that are more likely to break while on the water. This way, you can troubleshoot smaller issues if they arise.

Fun Boating Accessories

Now that we’ve gone through the safety and repair equipment you should keep on board, let’s get to the fun stuff – must-have boating accessories for a great day on the water. Our favorite fun boating accessories include:

  • BBQ Grills
  • Inflatables for the Water
  • Watersports Equipment
  • Powerful Bluetooth Speaker
  • Portable Boat Seat

The most important boating accessory of all? The excitement to travel and hit the water!

Our Marine Diesel Team Is Ready to Help

If you’re looking for the right marine parts to build up your toolkit, we’re here to help. We’re a marine diesel parts supplier offering OEM yacht engine, transmission, and generator parts from top brands. We also offer sea trials, maintenance, repowers, rebuilds, and repairs for these components of your vessel. Remember to have your boat professionally inspected before hitting the water, especially if it’s been docked or stored for quite some time. Contact us today to learn more about our parts supplies and marine diesel services.