Provisioning for Safety
Provisioning for Safety

There’s been an entire list of things we needed (wanted) for the boat to make the boat safe and ready to go. After a lot of research, here’s some of what we’ve purchased and where we’ve gotten it.

 1. A way to get the gas from our reserve gerry cans into the tank without spilling it everywhere. Plus we needed a pump when it’s time to do an engine oil change. This workhorse should do it all. It has great reviews and Sean’s excited to use it.

Siphon Pro XL - Largest Siphon for Water - Gas - Diesel - SEE VIDEO - It’s a Pump or Siphon – Get Work Done Fast! 8' & Shut off Clip - USA

The biggest and most universal hand siphon tool yet. It comes with both an extra Lg. pump and a jiggler siphon starter. It’s 2 in one! with a 5/8 inch 7′ hose. This siphon will move some liquid! Use the jiggler end without the bulb when you have easy access to the tank and fluid otherwise use the bulb. It’s your choice.
Only $22.95 and available through Prime

2. A life ring/throwable.  After researching the USCG requirements Sean determined we needed a 24″ buoy. He wanted it to be orange for better visibility and have reflective properties. We looked at a lot but settled on this one for it’s good reviews and durability. 

Cal June USCG Approved Ring Buoy

  • solid closed cell plastic throughout
  • Soft and resilient to touch
  • The Sof-Tex surface resists weather and temperature extremes
  • Will not Rot or Mildew
  • U.S.C.G. approval # 160.050/106/1

This one was $79.94 with free shipping (not Prime). It said it could take up to 2 weeks but we got ours in 5 days.

3. Flares. The flares on the boat were out of date and I wasn’t too keen on having something that had to be lit in an emergency. I saw a recommendation for this SOS distress light and I liked the fact that it was multi-functional. We chose this one for its award winning design, Coast Guard compliance and good reviews.

Weems & Plath C-1001 SOS Distress Light with Day Signal Flag

  • USCG compliant for DAY and NIGHT use with a daytime distress signal flag (included). 33 CFR 175.130
  • LED light flashes up to 60 hours on C-cell batteries (3)
  • Patented lens shines horizontal and vertical beams
  • Visible up to 10 nautical miles
  • Safe to operate — NO danger to person or vessel

We found this one for $89.99 and free prime shipping. Sean found the same model at West Marine on sale in store only for $20 off so it may pay to check around.

4. Flashlight.  Again we wanted something waterproof, rechargeable and multi-functional. This particular model was recommended by another blogger so I didn’t do much research on it since it also had great reviews.

Secur Dynamo 8 Lumen Solar Waterproof LED Rechargeable Flashlight

  • The high power Flashlight comes with a built in Dynamo powered hand crank,
  • Built in Solar Panel, so you can recharge via direct sunshine as well
  • 3 Function LED – One LED, Three LED’s, Three LED’s Flashing
  • Never needs any batteries or cables to recharge
  • Rain proof and windproof up to 45 feet, so don’t worry for unexpected weather conditions

We paid $19.95 with free Prime shipping.

5. Anchor. We wanted something in addition to then 32# Danforth. Based on reviews, I decided to try this Hurricane Anchor instead of a Delta. Looks like it should be easier to free up from the muddysiltysandy riverbottom than the Danforth, too. 

22 lb - Welded Rollbar - Boats 35-42 ft

 22 lb galvanized boat anchor is perfect for boats 35-42′. For use in saltwater or freshwater, this anchor provides incredible holding power for center console fishing boats, cabin cruisers, sailboats, and more. Great for sand, mud, clay, grass, weeds, gravel, or any combination.
Not recommended for rock piles or extremely rocky areas.
 
We paid $200 + $15 shipping

6. Binoculars. A good pair of 7×50 waterproof Binocs will come in handy. A conservative 7x magnification reduces an image shake and the 50mm objective gathers a lot of light in less than ideal conditions. These Steiner’s are reasonably priced for good quality marine binoculars and get excellent reviews.

Steiner Marine 7x50 Binoculars

  • LEGENDARY DURABILITY AND WATERPROOF –With shockproof and waterproof design, make Steiner’s marine binoculars with a 7x magnification and 50mm objective lens your go-to binoculars on the water.
  • IDEAL MARINE BINOCULARS – Steiner’s Sports-Autofocus system puts everything into focus—from 20 yards to infinity—making these binoculars perfect for your active life.
  • UNMATCHED OPTICS – See the difference that BAK-4 prisms, fully multicoated optical surfaces, and 20mm of long eye relief makes. With no moving parts, our binoculars are durable and precise.
  • GET OUTDOORS WITH STEINER – Measuring 8.1in x 3in x 5.5in and weighing just 36.3 ounces, you can get outside with these lightweight binoculars that will make the most of your time on the water.
We paid $199.99
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