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Navigating on a boat can be exciting. However, to do it safely, you should equip the said boat with a few safety tools. To learn what you should always have in your boat, read this post that John O Brown in Show Low has prepared for you.

Navigating on a boat can be one of the most freeing and peaceful experiences out there. However, as calm and as happy as you may feel on your boat, being on open water comes with its fair share of risks. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to plan for those risks and deal with them effectively. For example, you can have the necessary equipment in your boat in case an emergency were to present itself. For a better idea of what safety equipment you should always have on your boat as you navigate, continue reading the post below.

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Safety Equipment Your Boat Should Have

Flotation Devices

Since this is a marine vessel that will be navigating over water, one of the first things you should include are floating devices in good condition (like life jackets and throw rings). Make sure all of your passengers have an appropriate life vest on just in case something happens.

Distress Signals

In the event of an emergency, you may have to tell boats nearby that you're in trouble and that you need their help. To that end, have distress signals on the boat (flares, bells, and whistles). Check that they are working correctly, so they can be of help in an unforeseen situation.

Anchor and Paddles

This next tool depends on the type of machine you have and its size. Anchors should be big and long enough to reach the floor and stop the boat. Paddles are for smaller boats that don't have secondary propulsion. They can help you keep going if the motor dies on you while you're out and about.

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Fire Extinguishers

Even if you're on the water, it's possible that a fire will break out on your boat. The most effective method to deal with it is to have a fire extinguisher in good condition onboard. Just remember to learn how to use it beforehand, so you can suppress any flames quickly and effectively.

First Aid Kit

People can also get injured or sick while you're hitting the waves. To treat any minor injuries effectively, you will need a first aid kit on the boat. It should have band-aids, alcohol, cotton, purified water, closure strips, antibiotics, gauze, among other medicine and medical equipment.

Navigation Tools

Are you navigating over a larger body of water? If the answer is 'yes', then it's likely you'll need navigation tools to know your way. To that end, have an electronic navigation device, a map, and a compass (and learn how to use them) so you can find where you are and where you want to go easily.

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Water and Food

Your boat should also be equipped with non-perishable food and enough potable water for you and your passengers. This way, if you're stranded on the water, you will be able to keep your energy and hydration levels up until the situation is resolved.

Communication Devices

Of course, you may want to communicate with others in case there's an emergency on your boat. Having communication devices (like a marine radio) as well as certain contact information (like that of the lifeguards) can be incredibly valuable if you're having a rough time on the water.

Miscellaneous Items

Last but not least, there's an array of miscellaneous items that you should also have, and that can prove to be very useful. For example, you should have blankets, extra changes of clothes, scissors, hand sanitizer, aloe vera, a flashlight, towels, safety pins, and a lighter.

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