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Essential Gear for a Safe Day on the Water: A Professional Mariner's Perspective

Updated: May 1


Experienced Captain's Essentail Gear VHF Radio, Foul Weather Gear, Passport, MMC, Marlinspike

Our team has had a lot of time of the water, over the years we've learned that having the right gear is crucial for ensuring safety and success on the water. We spoke with the team and these are some of our essential gear, tried and true favorites. So, whether you're a seasoned sailor, a commercial fisherman, or a pleasure boater, the following essentials are must-haves for any maritime adventure:


1. West Marine Foul Weather Gear

When the elements turn against you, reliable foul weather gear becomes your shield. West Marine offers high-quality jackets and pants that keep you dry, warm, and protected during rough seas and inclement weather. Remember, staying comfortable means staying focused.


2. Xtra Tuff Water Boots

Your feet are your foundation. Xtra Tuff water boots are legendary among mariners for their durability and slip-resistant soles. Whether you're stepping onto a wet deck or wading ashore, these boots provide the traction you need.


3. Myerchin Marlinspike

A marlinspike is more than just a tool; it's an extension of your hand. Use it for splicing lines, untying knots, and securing halyards. Myerchin's stainless steel marlinspikes are rugged and dependable. I've had one for over 20 years.


4. Landers Fishing Pliers

Fishing enthusiasts know the value of a good pair of pliers. Landers' corrosion-resistant fishing pliers are essential for removing hooks, crimping leaders, and handling other tasks on deck.


5. VHF Marine Band Radio

Communication is paramount at sea. A VHF marine band radio allows you to stay in touch with other vessels, monitor weather updates, and call for assistance if needed. Make sure it's properly installed and always operational.


6. Fox40 Safety Whistle

In emergencies, a loud whistle can be a lifesaver. Fox40's pealess design ensures it works even when wet. Attach it to your life jacket for quick access.


7. Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

Safety should never be compromised. An inflatable PFD provides buoyancy without restricting movement. Regularly inspect and maintain it to ensure it's ready when you need it. (Note that an inflatable does not count for your boats PFD safety requirement. Always carry the right size and type of PFDs for all passengers.)


8. Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

When all else fails, an PLB can summon help. These compact devices transmit distress signals via satellite, alerting rescue services to your location. Register your PLB and keep it within reach.


9. Polarized Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from glare and harmful UV rays. Polarized sunglasses enhance visibility on the water, allowing you to spot hazards and read charts more effectively.


10. Passport and Master Mariner Credentials

Never leave port without your credentials. Your passport is essential for international travel, while your master mariner certification demonstrates your expertise and qualifications.


11. Pelican Flashlight

A reliable flashlight is indispensable for any mariner. Pelican flashlights are renowned for their durability and powerful beam, making them perfect for night navigation, signaling, or simply finding your way around the vessel in the dark. Ensure you have one charged and ready at all times.


12. Grease Pencil

A grease pencil is a mariner’s secret weapon for quick, waterproof writing on windows and other surfaces. Whether you’re jotting down coordinates, marking waypoints, or leaving messages for your crew, a grease pencil ensures your notes won’t wash away with the next wave. Keep one handy—you never know when it’ll come in handy during your maritime adventures!


Remember, investing in quality gear is an investment in your safety and the safety of your crew. Whether you're navigating stormy seas or enjoying a leisurely sail, these essentials will help you have a safe and successful day on the water.

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