Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boat...It Begins

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well I ended up biting the bullet and buying a new boat, the used boat deal fell through and I was worried about an engine with no warranty. I ended up getting a Palm Beach 161 center console fishing boat. I had it out the very first day I picked it up and of course DNR pulls us over to do a safety check.

Specifically they checked for:
- Wearable life vests (1 for each occupant)
- Horn (I had an air horn and a whistle attached to each life jacket so I was good)
- Fire extinguisher (1 type B1) (must be in the green)
- Checked my paperwork since I don't have the registration numbers yet

That was all they asked for, additionally I had:
- 1 throwable flotation device
- VHF hand-held radio
- Knife
- Leather gloves
- Mini tool kit (like the kind you would throw in the back of your car)
- Lots of extra rope
- They didn't check for but you should have an anchor (I did)
- Flares (for signaling)
- Flashlight (water-proof, floating)
- Did I mention lots of extra rope
- Map of the area

Make sure to keep the basics required by your state and the coast guard on board, they could save your life. Most boat dealers throw in a coast guard kit when you buy a new boat, ours also threw in a safety class. The wife and I are registered for the class and will be taking it in the next few weeks.

That is all...


  1. Sure hope you're not living in the Gulf area at this particular time. Not good fishing just now.

  2. Enjoy your new "hole" in the water! - kdonat

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  4. So you enjoyed your 1 of the two best days of your life!! LOL As we all endeavor to be, you were better prepared than your local water cops expect you to be...good for you.

    Consider a 100 or 200 piece first aid kit....fishing hooks, knives, propellers....etc. don't ask me how I know....LOL

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