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#286410 - 01/23/07 08:31 PM New boat, musts have accessories?  
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I just bought my first real boat. I've owned a boat previously, but it was a junker and we just borrowed all the stuff from friends or it came with it. Now I have a brand new Searay 185. I have all the basics to get on the water, which means the "Coast Gaurd" package they threw in. I've gone ahead and purchased a few comfortable life vests and I'm getting ready to buy the tubes and boards.

My question is, what are some of those "Must have" items or accessories every new boat needs. What can't you live without on your boat that you've added? Thanks!

#286415 - 01/23/07 08:40 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: cyoung06]  
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Anchor, line, and chain. Plus a paddle.

#286421 - 01/23/07 08:56 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: seabuddy]  
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VHF radio, cooler(for food and bevs),towels,extra transom plug
fenders(at least 3)
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#286433 - 01/23/07 09:22 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: woosterken]  
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Sunscreen, towels, Sea Ray hats, sunglasses straps, some good boat tunes for the stereo, cleaning supplies, Mr. Clean Erasers go get spots off the gelcoat and vinyl, boat wax, boat soap, fire extinguisher. Also, start keeping old "holy" t-shirts to use for boat rags.

By the way cyoung, as a SR owner you can join the Sea Ray Owner's Club. That gets you free the SR Living magazine every couple of months and a few discounts on goodies.

Also, I think West Marine and probably the rest of the boating stores give you a discount on all the things you buy to equip your boat. Generally that discount still doesn't bring the prices down to WalMart level, but it helps.


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#286437 - 01/23/07 09:29 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Boat came with anchor, paddle, dock line, extinguisher, flares and 2 fenders. I plan on getting another fender. I bought all the wax and cleaning supplies I'll need. I'll spend my time on smaller inland lakes so my question is directed to items that are handy to have while out there.

#286450 - 01/23/07 10:24 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: cyoung06]  
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Obviously safety items including a GPS are must haves but my family and I spend a lot of time on our boat and all love music so a very good stereo system is important. Must be able to hear good quality music at cruise speed (and ALWAYS turn it almost off around any marinas) and be able to hook up the kids Ipods to it. I know that some people hate music on the boat but we enjoy it.

#286459 - 01/23/07 10:48 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: ESC Key]  
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Bimini top, +1 on the GPS, 2 person tube (don't bother with the small ones), and if you're really adventurous: a wakeboard and/or wakeskate! :-) (I love my wakeskate!)



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#286463 - 01/23/07 11:20 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: Teutonics]  
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With all the other things listed above.....a bigger boat!!!

Seriously, if you boat on a lake you may not need GPS or VHF....a cell phone will summon help and once you have been on the lake a couple of times you will know it like the back of your hand. Just get a laminated map that shows water depth and navigation hazards. Talk to the locals at the marina about "Prop Killer Rock"...every lake has one....


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#286464 - 01/23/07 11:23 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: Teutonics]  
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Add to the above.... First aid kit,Leatherman & A waterproof bag to keep all the important items/papers in


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#286465 - 01/23/07 11:32 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: moewil]  
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Spare prop.

#286471 - 01/24/07 12:26 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: datkins]  
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Boat hook. (Push, pull, grab, or fend off)

Don't ask how I know.....


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#286490 - 01/24/07 06:31 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: kenhdog]  
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Digital camera so you can share pics with BABC \:D

Boat hook is excellent item to have. We even used ours once as a tent pole to support a big tarp in a bad rain while camping.


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#286507 - 01/24/07 08:02 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: HotByte]  
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While it is minute, a spare drain plug would be a plus.


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#286510 - 01/24/07 08:14 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: WaterMutt]  
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'nuther vote for the bimini top, spare prop, spare drain plug, leatherman, first aid kit, paddle, and boat hook. They are truly "must haves" IMO.

I also recommend a spare prop nut and washer (really easy to lose the originals..., tools, stern anchor and rode (can be tiny), flashlight, drive lube and engine oil, a few rags, a scrub brush, a spare tire and jack for the trailer, and polarized sunglasses.

Good luck!


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#286525 - 01/24/07 08:59 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: Dave R]  
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All above are great but what about a few dock lines?

Maybe a couple at 15-20' for use at the ramp and temporary docking. Then I'd get a 50' and 150' for spring lines and "creative" docking. You may need a tow someday or find yourself being asked for a tow, the 150' will be good for this also.

Over the years I've collected a few spare 15' docking lines, some 6-10' "pieces" for lashing down tubes or whatever, and a keep and old 150' anchor rode around that has come in handy to handle towing needs.

I would also recommend carrying 4 fenders. 2 for normal use around the docks. The extra two come in handy if your ever in a "raft up" and someone doesn't have fenders - or the right size. At least you can do what you have to to protect your new baby, even on rough days.

#286534 - 01/24/07 09:37 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: Keith]  
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Binoculars to check out the scenery. Fishing poles to have something to do between swigs of beer. Copies of your favorite CDs so you don't lose the originals.


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#286537 - 01/24/07 09:42 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: Just Bob]  
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Are you talking about a hat for sun protection for your head? Please define what you are asking about.

#286547 - 01/24/07 10:36 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: seabuddy]  
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Congrats on the new boat, I have the 180 and we have enjoyed many summers enjoying it.

You already have the basics required. I suggest you go out for an afternoon and enjoy your boat. You will eventually add more stuff as time goes on.

We have the coast guard package plus:
extra FE
suntan lotion
cell phone
pump for tubes
deck of cards
ski rope
skis (combo and slalom)
tube
screwdriver to adjust bindings

The above are pretty much standard equipment for each trip. When I get the urge to knee board or wakeboard, I will bring them along but with a 180, I can not have my slalom ski, my wife's combo skis, knee board, wakeboard, kids skis, cooler etc. on board at the same time.


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#286558 - 01/24/07 11:05 AM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: On Holiday]  
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For me, a depth finder is a must. Ideally, one of the nice ones with GPS built in, but usually all you need is a $100 model.

I have four lines for each of the corner cleats. Each is stored by the cleat. A long line for towing needs, and several fender lines for misc.

A extendable boat hook is a must have.

Towels, 1st aid kit, binocs, anchor w/rode, tool kit with spare fuses, and a flashlight are all good to have items


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#286595 - 01/24/07 01:39 PM Re: New boat, musts have accessories? [Re: seadog]  
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For the trailer... high quality tie down straps (one on the bow, and two on the stern), a diamond plate tool box for all of your cleaning supplies, and a mouring cover. The tie downs are the only must-haves!

I like fender covers as a nice-to-have and a chartplotter.

Musts... depth finder, PFDs that fit everyone and are accessible, bimini top, first aid, sun lotion, CG required gear (flares et al), good weather and good friends!


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