11 Oct Must-have Boat Accessories
Boating is one of the most popular recreational activities in Sothern California, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing quite like spending a day on the open water in the Los Angeles Harbor and Redondo Beach with friends or family members, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature while cruising along the South Bay at your own pace.
But before you set out on your next boating adventure in the San Pedro Bay or Santa Monica Bay, there are some essential accessories that you’ll want to make sure you have onboard. From a spotlight to mooring lines and everything in between, these items can help ensure that your boating experience is safe, fun, and hassle-free. Keep reading for all the must-have boat accessories for any boater!
- Life jackets: A life jacket is the most important piece of safety gear you can have on board your boat. Make sure everyone on board has a properly fitting life jacket that they can wear at all times.
- Flares: Flares are an essential part of any boater’s safety kit. They can be used to signal for help in case of an emergency, or to light up your boat at night.
- First aid kit: A first aid kit is another key piece of safety gear. It should be well-stocked with supplies for treating minor injuries and illnesses.
- Fire extinguisher: A fire extinguisher is a must-have accessory for any boat, large or small. Make sure it is easily accessible and in good working order.
- Anchor: An anchor will ensure your boat stays in one place, whether you are at anchor or moored to a dock.
- Line: Lines can be used for docking, mooring, or anchoring. Make sure you have plenty on board so you can always be prepared.
- Fenders: Fenders protect your boat from bumps and scrapes when docking or moored to a dock.
- Bilge pump: A bilge pump supports boats that have a bilge (the area where water collects). It helps to keep the bilge clear of water and prevents your boat from sinking.
- Navigational aids: Charts, maps, and GPS devices are essential for safe boating. The right GPS can make it much easier to navigate around the waters while providing real-time updates on weather conditions so that you can avoid dangerous storms before they even occur.
- Radio: A VHF marine radio allows you to stay in touch with the outside world and receive important weather and maritime information. International distress, safety and calling. USCG, LA Port Police, Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol and most coast stations maintain a listening watch on this channel.
- Spotlight: Few things are more important than being able to see in the dark, and a spotlight is one of the easiest ways to do so while you’re out on the water. Whether you need to scan for potential hazards or just want to take in your surroundings under the stars, a good spotlight will help illuminate your path and make boating at night much less scary.
- Binoculars: Binoculars help with navigation or spotting other boats or objects in the water.
- Compass: A compass should be in good working order and be easily accessible so you can always find your way.
- Tool kit: A tool kit should be well-stocked with all the tools you need to perform basic repairs and maintenance on your boat.
- Depth Finder: Know how much clearance you have under your boat’s hull with the accuracy of an electronic depth reader.
- Dock lines: Dock lines are need for any boater who docks their boat. Make sure you have plenty of line on board so you can always be prepared.
- Mooring lines: Another necessity for your Motor yacht or sailboat, mooring lines are the primary tools that you’ll use to secure your boat. These ropes come in a variety of lengths and materials, from lightweight nylon options to heavy-duty braided rope that can withstand plenty of abuse on the water. And with so many different types and sizes available, it’s easy to find one that will work well for any application.
- Floating Beacon: Have a personal locator beacon (PLB) on board to ensure that you can be located if you are in need.
- Winch: A winch can be used to pull in lines or anchorages, or to move heavy objects on board.
- Trailer: A trailer is necessary accessory for any boat owner who plans to trailer their boat. Make sure you have a good quality trailer that is properly sized to transport your boat to the boat launch ramp nearest you. Port Royal Marina is located near the Redondo Beach boat launch ramp and Cabrillo Marina is near the Cabrillo Beach launch ramp just a few minutes away from California Yacht Marina-Wilmington.
California Yacht Marina is the best place to look for top-quality boat slip rentals in the South Bay. Whether you are looking for a 25’ or 40’boat slip, motor yacht or sailboat, we have the berth you need right here at our Marinas! Contact us today at (310) 732-2252!