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Boating Course On Buying Your First Boat Accessories

Aug 17, 2007
Boating can be fun. However, it can also be a nightmare if you don't have the right accessories with you and your life depends on it. Imagine when you are in the middle of an ocean or a lake, and suddenly your boat stops and you have no idea what is wrong with your boat. What do you do? What's worse, it is pitch black and you cannot see a thing.

Boat accessories are necessary as it deals with the safety of your boat, your family and friends. Your boat or sailboat can be worth hundreds of thousands but it will not mean a thing if you don't have the right boating accessories on board. After all, you don't want to be caught out on the water without the right boat accessories.

When you are looking for boat accessories, you cannot just simply buy everything without deciding what accessories are necessary and what accessories you can do without for the time being. This is because different types of accessories simply depend on the type of boat you have. That means if you are into sailboats, there are sailboat accessories and for canoes, there are canoe accessories.

Not all boat accessories are necessary for you to buy but it will help up the value of your boat if they are included. The best thing to do is be patient, sit down and list out all boating accessories and decide on the ones that are necessary first.

In order to help make your boating experience more safe and fun, you have to know what boat accessories are needed.

Essential Boat Accessories

To know what the most essential boating accessories are, you'd want to think along the lines of safety. Whatever it is, think of safety first. That means it is very important that we have all the right accessories on board at all times. Below are some of the most essential boat accessories that you need before heading out to the oceans, rivers or lakes.

- Life jackets
- Fire extinguishers
- Flares
- GPS or a compass
- Throwable rings
- Radios
- Safety equipment
- Flashlights with spare batteries
- Paddles
- Anchor and lines
- Ladders
- Stabilizers
- Mirrors
- Buoy
- Maintenance equipment
- Registration and lettering kits
- Life boat

The accessories above are important to ensure your safety every time you are out boating with your family and friends. You also need to make sure that everyone wears their life jackets when they are on board. Or at least keep the life jackets some place where they will be easily accessible. You just don't know exactly when you are going to be needing them.

Non-essential Boat Accessories

Non-essential boat accessories refer to those items that are not safety oriented. Meaning that, without it, you can still survive should things go awry when you are out boating. However, it helps make the boat look more fun and attractive. Below are the accessories that you can also include on your boat.

- Water skis
- Boat fenders
- Swim platforms
- Boat heaters
- Fish finders
- Wakeboards
- Wetsuits

By no means that the above list is a complete list as there are many more accessories that are not included here. You will be surprised with all the options available out there. All you have to do is judge for yourself whether they are essential or not. A good rule of thumb to follow is essential boat accessories are the ones that concern your safety and the non-essential accessories are the ones that are not safety oriented.

In conclusion, boat accessories are important to the appearance of your boat as it will increase the value of your boat should you one day decide to sell or trade your boat. Everything that you add to your boat will make a huge difference in the appearance of your boat. Don't think that just because an item is considered non-essential, it is not that important. If you have extra money, buy them, if not, by following the rule of thumb, you'll do just fine.
About the Author
Juzaily Ramli and his best friend Tommy Lehmann love to go out boating with families and friends. They own boating course websites which can be found at: Boating Course and Boating Accessoriries.
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